The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says: It’s a girl.
— Shirley Chisholm
“The greatest weapon in the hand of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.”
― Steve Biko
Always.com (ads for maxi pads) are selling a message that follows yesterday’s post on period parties. This is the kind of work we need and I hope to do about twerking on YouTube. Revealing the ways we see and talk. Uncovering our internalized biases begins with a kind of inner warrior work we are not teaching ourselves or young people today. What Audre Lorde called the radical political work of “self care.” Glad some commercials are trying lead us to think and do this kind of work. #werkit
Last year in March, I saw a music video featuring Nicky Minaj soar to 1 million views overnight primarily because the song had a familiar Jamaican riddim (“Murder She Wrote”) and her breasts were fully exposed on YouTube. I refuse to repost it as I don’t want to add to its traffic. It’s nice to see a video that is not about the sexualization of girls and things girls consume on YouTube (explicit raps by male pop idols) have better currency and reach on YouTube in just a few days.
This video was released on June 26, 2014, three days ago, and has over 6 million views. Goodness can pay off!
Perhaps we should recreate commercials like these in our home communities as a viral video meme?
- Do you like that products advertise values you can get behind? If yes, why? If not, why not?