Laverne Cox in the music video for "You & I" by John Legend
Side note: This video is beautiful and wonderful and I cried
This is legit so beautiful. Like. Future wedding song right here I stg
she has an incredible amount of sexual lure about her and it’s mesmerzing
Please watch this music video. Oh my God. The diversity is so amazing and refreshing. They include almost if not every race. They have a woman with vitiligo. They have lesbians. It has body diversity. It shows women’s breasts and bodies in an unsexualized way. There’s a little girl with downs syndrome. AND LAVERNE. ONE SHE’S SO FUCKING STUNNING EVEN WITHOUT MAKEUP BUT OH MY GOD A TRANS WOMEN. THE REPRESENTATION. My favorite part though, besides all of the different women, was probably the way they were portayed. We see them putting on makeup, we see them taking it off. We see women on their wedding days, we see women with their children. We see women sick. We see little and young girls, too. We see women in suits being powerful. We see women going to job interviews and at school. We see women graduating from college. We see women crying. We see women laughing. We see women showering and at unflattering angles and we see women exercising and kissing their partners and we see women as something we hardly ever, ever see in the mainstream media… People. We see realistic women doing things that women do and it’s just so beautiful and refreshing.
I don’t like John Legend and I don’t care much for this song, but this is a nice video. I wish the video wasn’t tied to the song, because I find it makes it problematic. It’s part of that whole “You’re beautiful but you don’t know it and you just need a man to tell you” trope which is so common in pop culture. The male gaze is ever present. The fact that it’s a “non-judgemental” male gaze that is accepting of diversity doesn’t change the fact that it’s a male gaze which functions to legitimize women’s bodies.
I’m not knocking the video or trying to take away from people’s appreciation of it. I still found myself moved by it and I appreciate why it’s important on the level of representation alone. I don’t point out its problems in order to undermine the things that it does well, but just to draw attention to how pervasive the male gaze can be and how difficult it is to subvert.
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