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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

A story about gender...

So watch this, and then we'll talk, albeit briefly:*

Ready? Okay, so, here's the thing: much as I enjoy science-ey YouTube songs, this one does not entertain particularly. I think the reason is because it's rather spectacularly objectifying.** I mean, there's the assertions that she's only interesting because she's hot (and at that, only in comparison to other women in the same lab or on the same floor), the suggestions that she take up less prestigious occupations that cater more to her physical attributes (e.g. modeling, sales), the creepy scene where the singer helps her with a pipette (which, presumably, she knew how to use already), and even the part where her advisor/employer is congratulated for having such a hot advisee/employee. Add it all together and there's a rather strong feeling of, "Hey! You're a hot girl! What are YOU doing in a lab? Hot girls don't work in places like this! They stay home and keep themselves pretty." Danica McKellar would not be pleased.

Just sayin' is all.

* Because I'm still busy. Believe it or not, this is not my day job.

** And I don't use that term lightly. Really, I think it's an over-used term and find that it obscures moe than it clarifies.

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Anonymous Beth said...

So this is based on the Flight of the Conchords song of a similar theme where the uber geeky men are trying their hand at hitting on a girl at a party and failing miserably by making comments that are backhanded compliments..

The joke is meant to showcase how ridiculous (and totally dorky) the guys are and how uninterested the woman is. Plus they keep putting their foot in their mouth and making asinine comments - which you point out. I can see how it's trying to play the same joke here just in a different context but it's easy to misinterpret because the guys are (in my opinion) not as weird/dorky/socially awkward as the guys in the FotC.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010 1:48:00 PM  
Blogger Drek said...

AH! See, that makes more sense to me, actually. This is what I get for not knowing the pop culture reference. Also, I suppose, for not grasping irony.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010 1:51:00 PM  

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