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Stacy's mom final 2 pdf

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Stacy's mom final 2 pdf

  1. 1. Stacy’s Mom Fountains of Wayne Gender Issues in North American popular music
  2. 2. Stacy’s Mom – Fountains of Wayne
  3. 3. Stacy’s Mom http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=dZLfasMPOU4
  4. 4. MUSIC
  5. 5. Understanding the context  Power pop – emerged out of a 60s rock tradition, had its heyday late 70s/early 80s  Characterized by: Pop melodies + crunching guitar chords Teen romance/sex lyrics – “innocent”
  6. 6. The Knack – “My Sharona” (1979) The Romantics – “What I Like About You” (1980) The Cars - “Just What I Needed” (1978) What do you notice, musically? Some examples
  7. 7. How does this tie in with “Stacy's Mom”?  Musical elements – overall simplicity  Simple rhythmic guitar line, paying tribute to the Cars  Simple percussion – handclaps  Winsome male voice  Image Fun fact: I had to screencap this from the video itself. Most of the images on Google are of Stacy and her mom, being ~sexy. Which shows you what people look at.
  8. 8. Gendering power pop  Power pop is very, very male, and can be more than a little sexist  “The music is sexy and about girls”  So while the music, instrumentally, is not overtly gendered, it has certain associations – it primes you for a particular subjectivity  Which is more evident in the lyrics Probably the best example of power-pop’s objectification: gorgeous, passive woman is literally a hood ornament.
  9. 9. LYRICS
  10. 10. Lyrics Stacy’s Mom Fountains of WayneStacy's mom has got it goin' on Stacy’s mom has got it goin’ on Stacy's mom has got it goin' on She’s all I want and I’ve waited so long Stacy's mom has got it goin' on Stacy can’t you see? You’re just not the Stacy's mom has got it goin' on girl for me I know it might be wrong but I’m in love Stacy, can I come over after school? (after school) with Stacy’s mom We can hang around by the pool (hang by the pool) Did your mom get back from her business trip? (business trip) Stacy’s mom has got it goin’ on Is she there, or is she trying to give me the slip? (give me the slip) She’s all I want and I’ve waited so long Stacy can’t you see? You’re just not the You know, I'm not the little boy that I used to be girl for me I'm all grown up now, baby can't you see I know it might be wrong but oh, oh (I know it might be wrong) Stacy's mom has got it goin' on I’m in love with (Stacy’s mom oh, oh) She's all I want and I've waited for so long (Stacy’s mom oh, oh) Stacy, can't you see you're just not the girl for me I’m in love with Stacy’s mom I know it might be wrong but I'm in love with Stacy's mom Stacy's mom has got it goin' on Stacy's mom has got it goin' on Stacy, do you remember when I mowed your lawn? (mowed your lawn) Your mom came out with just a towel on (towel on) I could tell she liked me from the way she stared (the way she stared) And the way she said, "You missed a spot over there" (a spot over there) And I know that you think it's just a fantasy But since your dad walked out, your mom could use a guy like me
  11. 11. Common Themes in Pop Music A Feminist Analysis of Popular Music: Power Over, Objectification of, and Violence Against Women  Study conducted by Betthauer, Zimmerman and Banning  Investigated analysis on the “Hot 100” list based on Billboard charts  Made use of feminist and cognitive learning theories to formulate common themes found within the lyrics of the songs from the list  The target audience of these songs were adolescents
  12. 12. Theme 1 Objectification of Women Objectification occurs when women are viewed as objects with no inner energy, resources, needs or desires Women are viewed as objects for men to comment on, look at or touched
  13. 13. Theme 1 Objectification of Women  Implied rather than stated outright  “Stacy’s mom has got it going on” is repeated throughout the song lyrics › Valuing Stacy’s mom based solely on her appearance and physical attributes  Also demonstrated in the treatment of Stacy by the narrator  “Stacy can I come over after school… we can hang around by the pool” › Used as a ploy and excuse by the narrator to get closer to her mother
  14. 14. Theme 2 Women being defined by having a man One of the leading themes within pop music Difference between these lyrics and the ones in the study because this message is coming from the male perspective rather than the female › “… but since your dad walked out, your mom could use a guy like me”
  15. 15. Lyric Analysis “Did your mom get back form her business trip… is she there, or is she trying to give me the slip?” › Centered on the narrator with an egocentric view point “Stacy can’t you see you’re just not the girl for me” › Complete lack of interest in Stacy › Used her as a way to see her mother “I know it might be wrong but I’m in love with Stacy’s mom” › Has some understanding that his ideal situation is far fetched
  16. 16. Lyrics Analysis “I could tell she liked me from the way she stared… and the way she said ‘you missed a spot over there’” › Taking completely insignificant interactions and believing that there is a deeper meaning behind it and that there is some level of reciprocated feelings “And I know you think it’s just a fantasy but since your dad walked out, your mom could use a guy like me” › Another realization that his ideal situation that he has envisioned is far fetched
  17. 17. VIDEO
  18. 18. Images in the video
  19. 19. Problems with the sexualisation Stacy simulates the actions of her mother This contributes to the sexualization of young girls and the idea that all girls must be “sexy” or “appealing” which is a huge industry Stacy’s mom doesn’t actively fulfill the fantasies of the boy, she simply exists and he creates a world where she satisfies his sexual desires
  20. 20. Why is this problematic? The lack of agency that Stacy’s mom has in how her body is fantasized about invades on her privacy. She is fantasized about simply because she exists, not because of anything she does anything to encourage his ideas outside his fantasy The sexualization of young girls places value on appearances and the beauty industry has a financial interest in maintaining these ideals
  21. 21. What is a MILF? A sexualized older woman, with children, a “mother I’d like to fuck” This definition is important because it entirely subjective based on the male’s perspective of attractiveness, and regardless of the behavior or agency exhibited in the woman The term became popular with the American Pie series, describing Stifler’s mom
  22. 22. General Reaction Being her son, Stifler has some justification in being mortified at the idea of his mother having sex However the idea of older people, specifically older women, being sexually active or attractive has for a long time been silenced, or actively repulsed As a western society, we often link aging with decay and therefore unattractiveness and asexuality
  23. 23. Cougar Similarly, a cougar is also a sexualized older woman, but this time she has her own agency A cougar is a woman who actively demonstrates her sexuality, and desire for a typically younger male partner MILFs and cougars are two sides of the same coin Cougars are active and attainable, MILFs are more passive and typically unobtainable, and therefore more fantasy-based as seen in the video
  24. 24. MILFs/Cougars cont’d Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate (1967) Consistently referenced in pop culture The two terms may intersect, as Stifler’s mom for example decides to pursue one of his friends, making her both a MILF by appearance and a Cougar by action
  25. 25. What does this mean? The language around older sexual women suggests that, women’s bodies themselves are fetishized. This is regardless of their behaviour, interest, sexual orientation or availability.
  26. 26. “Real Life” Effects
  27. 27. AUDIENCE RECEPTION
  28. 28.  At the time:  First hit for Fountains of Wayne  Therefore, discussed as a “triumph” for the band  Rarely discussed in light of its gender issues – more with regards to its points of reference  Now:  YouTube comments debate whether Stacy or her mom is “the hot one” How this song was (and is) discussed
  29. 29. 14-3-13 Some examples
  30. 30. What this tells us  The video is really what conveys the images  It invites debate over whether Stacy or her mom is “the hot one,” furthering objectification  Also significant that the objectification isn’t ever discussed – it’s not worthy of discussion; it’s not “the point”  Increases the “normality” of it
  31. 31. CONCLUSION
  32. 32. Concluding thoughts  “Stacy’s Mom” contributes to the trend of objectifying women in pop music  The “MILF” aspect is just a variation on this trend  Subjectivity continues to be straight and male, and women are passive objects – they have no agency

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