02 9 / 2012

I have some serious beef with the lyrics to this song.  The lyrics imply that ‘truly’ beautiful women are those who are validated in the eyes of the male gaze, and that a woman would want or care aboutsaid validation in the first place.  Both traditionally and in this song, the qualities that make a woman valuable by patriarchal standards are outward appearance and modesty (which is related to friendliness, niceness, being easygoing).  These two concepts give an extremely narrow view of all the wonderful qualities of human nature (sense of humor, intelligence, wit, confidence, etc. etc.) that seem to be more highly valued in men.  With that said, here are the puke-worthy lyrics with accompanying analytic comments from yours truly.

You’re insecure 
Don’t know what for 
You’re turning heads when you walk through the door If people want or envy you, that equates to you being beautiful (and conversely, if they don’t, you aren’t).  Because the majority is always right… not.
Don’t need make up 
To cover up Make up is not always used to “cover up” flaws and insecurities.  Maybe women/people use make up because they like it and it’s fun.
Being the way that you are is enough This just seems hollow and trite, honestly.

Everyone else in the room can see it Again with the validation from others.
Everyone else but you-ou-ou 

Baby you light up my world like nobody else My world… because it’s a man’s world, we’re just living in it.
The way you to flip your hair gets me overwhelmed That’s all you can think to compliment.  Talk about condescension and infantilization.
But when you smile at the ground it aint hard to tell 
You don’t know (oh oh) 
You don’t know you’re beautiful! 
If only you saw what I can see 
You’ll understand why I want you so desperately 
Right now I’m looking at you and I can’t believe 
You don’t know (oh oh) 
You don’t know you’re beautiful! 
(Oh oh) 
That’s what makes you beautiful! Right.  Modesty makes women beautiful, confidence makes us conceited.  Despite the fact that confidence is a very healthy quality in a person… a quality cultivated in men from when they are very young.  

Omg guys, I feel so validated when a random dude says I’m beautiful and he wants me!

Oh wait, that’s right.  I don’t give a shit.