Play It Again Sam

23 Dec

So I was clicking through one of my favorite websites this morning.  Good old Sociological Images.  And I came across this article.

Go give it a read.  I don’t know that I can say anything more than this writer does.

The first thing I want to show is a clip from the movie 17 Again.  I know.  It’s no Casablanca but it’s got this scene going for it.

The guy is a geek and when he discovers that the woman is equally geeky it shoots her hot-factor through the roof.

Now check out this one

Let me first say that I’m not enamored of the original California Girls song or video.

So what is Katy Perry saying in this video?

I like laying on soft pink clouds naked.  Making ‘knowing’ faces and acting like a much more naive version of myself who likes to climb stripper poles.  Or if not stripper poles, big phallic structures.  Your choice.

Lets go ahead and say that she has two demographics.  Boys and girls.  She dresses the way she does because boys would rather see


So that’s not surprising.  Reptile brain, fertile young thing.  Yada yada yada.

Why do girls like Katy Perry?

She gives us a chance to let our whip-cream-covered freak flags fly?  Well maybe for some girls but I think that if you have a fetish for crazy colored plastic wigs then you don’t need Mrs. Brand to help you figure that out.  Although the video would serve as pretty good soft core porn.

Her songs are fine enough to dance to drunk although I must say when I hear Peacock I think maybe she’s contributing to making the world a dumber place.

My biggest problem with the song comes with Snoop Dog.   If the song wasn’t already an homage to 14-year-old male fantasy (and it is) then Snoop comes in to remind us that it isn’t really about Katy’s sexuality.  Because she’s not really allowed to have one.  It’s all about how he feels about her.  Or rather her ‘tone, tan, fit and ready’ bod.

I think the biggest reason why girls like Katy is that boys like her.  If a girl told her boyfriend that she liked:

how much teasing do you think she’s be subject to?  A lot.  And he’d also probably call her a prude, and threaten to tell all his friends.  Katy Perry is sounding like a pretty good alternative right about now.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that even though Katy is trying to make this song about her, it’s really not.  It’s about the fact that Snoop Dog and men in general like boobs.  And all her nakey nakey skin floating on a cloud and licking herself.

And so while I approve of the 17 Again clip where a woman outs herself as a geek and finds a kindred spirit in doing so, I need to ask what perspective Geek And Gamer Girls really portrays.

Not only guys are geeks.  And it’s important to note that girls can be geeks and girls at the same time.

However, do gamer girls look like this?

or do they look like this?

Because in my opinion this

appeals to gamers just like

appeals to sushi lovers or like

appeals to chocolate lovers or like

to people with an insatiable need for cotton candy.

Men.  Gamers are men.  Sushi lovers are men.  Chocolate lovers are men.  Cotton candy lovers are men.  Because people are men and women are women.

One Response to “Play It Again Sam”

  1. elenamusic January 30, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    I like your analysis of Katy Perry’s California Girls song. It does feel like the song comes from a male perspective and not a female one. The whip cream boobs was overkill, the rest of the video was fine, but the end, like really? C’mon.

    I agree w/ the 14 year old boy fantasy as well.

    I think what I don’t like about women in the media, is that it’s ONLY focused on looks. Take Megan Fox for example. Not a great actress, not funny, only good to look at. THAT’S IT. She’s even a jerk from the interviews I hear about her.

    The actresses I like? Uma Thurman, Kate Winslett, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Connelly, Katee Sackhoff, Julia Roberts, etc. I like them because there’s “depth” to them. They can make you laugh, or think or admire them. They may be beautiful as well, but it’s not the only thing going for them. There’s more to it.

    Katy Perry? Never really liked her, I like her music lately, but she just seems so over the top in an artificial way. I just don’t buy it.

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