You remember the days when you’d get home from school and flip on MTV to watch the music video hour? I think I probably watched every pop punk music video in the world. At the time I just thought they were so cool. However, watching them now it’s difficult to see them as anything more than just blatantly sexist.
Little boys grew up to these pop star deviants; no wonder so many of them still think it’s okay to scream at women on the street that they’ve got great tits.
In almost every early 2000s music video you can find something belittling to women, but here is a more refined list. Most of these videos were staples for us millennials growing up, everyone’s favorite—they inspired our style, our speech and apparently our treatment of the opposite sex.
Oh, and here’s a fun fact: When you try to Google “Sexist Music Videos” it doesn’t even autocorrect you, it just immediately gives you results for “Sexiest Music Videos.” Wow, thanks internet, for encouraging the objectification of women.
Below, have a fun blast-from-the-past and get woke.
“Stacey’s Mom” by Fountains of Wayne
It was an all time favorite back in the early 2000s and I bet anyone who grew up during that time can still sing along to the chorus. But the music video not only objectifies a working mother who is obviously a badass, but it also objectifies her daughter who’s probably like 12 or 13 years old. She’s portrayed as trying to be sexy for this boy who is creeping on her mom. He’s literally peeping through the window while her mom is changing. There’s even a scene where the mom is getting a back massage and the masseuse very unprofessionally and obviously takes a peek at her naked bod.
“Hey Ma” by Cam’Ron
I danced to this song at my middle school dances. It’s literally about picking up a woman for a one night stand … Though the tune is catchy, the song is overtly sexist, and the video is the same. Women are being used pretty much as accessories for the men, and women with, for example a uni-brow or a mole, are turned away as digesting.
“Misery Business” by Paramore
It’s a video that pins two strong women against each other because of a dumb boy. That should never happen. Women need to support women.
“Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne
Same with this one; Avril is pinned against another Avril for a dumb boy. He is fine with her being all over him while he’s holding hands with his actual girlfriend. That guy sounds like a real asshole to me. No girls should be fight over him—he is the epitome of a privileged white male.
“My Band” by D12
I’m only putting Eminem because we all saw this music video a million times and know at least a half of the lyrics—another song I danced to in middle school. The song is about how Eminem is the only person known from D12. The music video is all about how his music makes girls “want to take off their underpants.” This would not fly anymore, and even though I loved the video back then, I’m glad I don’t have to ignorantly enjoy something like this again.
“Always” by Blink-182
This saddens me because I truly grew up being angsty listening to Blink, but a lot of their videos objectify women. This one especially threw me. It’s a love song, but in the video he’s fighting with his girlfriend or whatever and just obviously being an ass. At one point he rips off her pants when she clearly doesn’t want him to. She ends up slapping him. Good for her, but the guys in the band were the ones who taught all these damn skater boys that I’ve had to slap throughout my life.
“Ms. New Booty” by Bubba Sparxxx
Yet another song I danced to in middle school. Sigh. There are so many things wrong with this video. I thought it was funny growing up. Now I see it contributed to the unfair standard put on women’s bodies. It literally tells you to get your booty “tight.” It’s men telling women they must have a better ass in order to be successful.