Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 09/4/2010

Saturday Vids: Stupid Girls by Pink

I love Pink a lot – I think she’s a pretty awesome individual – and while I realize there are some issues with this song (like, maybe we shouldn’t hate on celebrities or other “stupid girls” even if we dislike their actions and what they might stand for) I think overall it sends a positive message. Outcasts, girls with ambition, that’s what I want to see!

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  • Clio @ at 1:32 pm, September 4th, 2010

    The lyrics of the song are great, but I don’t think the images in the video harmonize with the message. The message from the video seems to be that being a girl sucks. Either you are one of the vapid “stupid girls” or you are antagonistic toward them because you don’t have their “attributes.” The only Pink-approved activity shown is football. If you want girls to stop buying into stereotypical femininity, you have to show them more options than this.

  • kanadra @ at 2:20 pm, September 4th, 2010

    Clio: Although I agree that there is a little too much girl-hate and stereotypes in the video, I also want to point out that Pink does give a few more options than simply football: If you look at the little girls options, near the end of the vid, around 3:24, you’ll see on one hand she has a football, a microscope, a keyboard, some doctor themed toys, and other number and letter games( which i read as the option of learning and becoming intelligent). And then on the other hand she has the more stereotypical pink toys and barbie dolls. The little girl choses the football because that’s what she likes, but there are many more options there for her.

    But of course, it’s entirely possible to be a feminine girl, and not be stupid, as well, which this video really doesn’t portray.

    I quite like the song, though. Another one I find similar, in message, if a little less bashy in presentation is Operator by Shiloh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IxB38ZbRgk

  • A @ at 4:25 pm, September 4th, 2010

    i think that girls should be able to do whatever (as in, dolls should not be seen as evil) but it was better to have a song with a message against typical femininity then the 1000th one for it.

  • Zoe @ at 4:31 pm, September 4th, 2010

    This was a better video than I expected with the title of “Stupid Girls”. Pink is highlighting how society has come to value things in women that are flat out ridiculous and that little girls have too many false role models to look up to and that girls should strive for bigger things.

    But, I still have issue with how she devalues femininity and dismisses certain kinds of girls. How the girl picks up the football instead of the dolls at the end just makes me think of a false sense of feminism that a lot of girls fall for: we must value what the guys like and be “superior” to other “lame” girls who enjoy their Barbies.

    Hating girls who like pink and makeup and being feminine is just another way of dividing girls and putting us into competition with each other, instead of uniting us.

  • blakerivers @ at 2:32 am, September 7th, 2010

    I agree with kanadra and Zoe quite a bit, with only a couple contentions. First, it’s not necessarily that case that the things depicted in the music video are defined as things that “guys like.” That’s flawed logic. Second, one could make a case that football (or sports in general, as the football represents) may be a better choice than Barbie. Of course, there’s no reason she couldn’t do both, but choosing to engage at least somewhat regularly in a sport will provide a large number of physiological benefits that Barbie will not offer.

    I do think that Pink devalues femininity a little too much in her music video, but given the current state of affairs that may have been the best thing to do. If you want to get a message across, being moderate may not be as effective as being a little radical. Considering that so many others will encourage a girl’s femininity, Pink probably doesn’t need to. I don’t have the final verdict, but efficacy needs to be taken into consideration.

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  • not-a-stupid-girl @ at 5:17 pm, August 17th, 2011

    Maybe she overdoes the femininity a bit, but i think it’s a great message. The girls at lunch who are like this- we call them the bitch section. now i found a better name for them! But I really love pink and i really love this song.

  • anonymous @ at 3:25 am, March 11th, 2012

    femininity and masculinity do not really exist. What this video is devaluing is stereotypical gender roles and traits that children are indoctrinated into. Typical girl toys which include barbies, baby dolls and kitchen sets are derived from 1960’s sexism. Children who limit their play to these toys do not develop athletic skills, strategic skills, or creative skills as they would by playing with a wide variety of toys. considering the media’s and society’s definition of femininity it does not seem to show much respect to women. Girls are suffering from eating disorders, an obsession with approval, lack of confidence in certain fields, lack of fulfillment… Femininity SHOULD be devalued, as well as all gender roles and stereotyes.

  • Laura Hobbs @ at 4:00 pm, October 31st, 2012

    I have always been a big PINK fan. I think she hit big when I was in jr. high. I was the stereotypical girl, well some what. Besides dark hair & green eyes. I played with barbie dolls, was a cheerleader, & did hang out with the majority of the “popular crowd” throughout school. I also went to college, and had kids at a really young age. I have never played stupid to get a guys attention, thank God! Now that I am married I learned that the only reason guys would even potentially date a “stupid girl” is because they can belittle them, and have them as their pet. Pink is simply trying to pick out the stereotypical “norm” for women, especially those in Hollywood. I know she has had a ton of comments made about her appearance, and attitude. I love the way she comes out with this song, and I love the video even more. It proves she could careless about being a ditzy, tan, anorexic, big boob flaunting scarlet! The more power to you girl!!!!

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