• pg13247

    Another example is She’z – My Way (Which sadly did not get that much attention).

    I found this translation:

    I go however I want, wherever I want

    I wanna go go wanna go where I wanna go

    I’ll show myself to all of you, just as I am, feel me alright

    Oh however I want, oh however I wantFrom kpop lyrics
     

  • Harliyana Mohd Hanif

    I love 2NE1′s songs but I can relate to miss A more. They have the classy image going on that I can totally relate (I love fashion, but not in 2NE1′s style) and their songs appeal to me in terms of it doesn’t always have to always be serious and in your face. For example, the message they are sending is serious and they meant it, but they are also playful about it (like GBBG and I Don’t Need A Man). Very mischievous. I haven’t seen this in a long time in kpop. It doesn’t always have to be ‘take that, you lying cheating abusive scum’, it can be ‘hey you, be happy coz I will definitely be, bye bye sucker’. It’s not overtly sexy (it is, but not in cleavage baring, thighs opening kind) and it’s not overtly angry or superiority complex. 

    The gist is, miss A just hit the right note for me. Just the type of a woman I want and believe myself to be. Strong, independent, caring and happy.

  • http://twitter.com/eliyshas Eliysha C. Saputra

    miss A and 2NE1 really are the picture of girl power in K-pop today. They both speak for the gender in their own ways. I’d hate to turn this into a comparison between the groups, but I just want to say that it’s great to have songs that advocate an ACTUAL message and not just a song about a mere heartbreak or melting a guy’s ice cream.

    • danahz

      their company’s way; not their own way

      • http://twitter.com/eliyshas Eliysha C. Saputra

        Yes, but we should commend them (and their company) for advocating such a message.

        • danahz

          It’s not like they have a choice.

  • sarajgh

    I really don’t see that much empowerment in 2ne1. Or at least not as much as others see. 
    These girls are still controlled by their management, they have no say in what they do or sing or wear (not even their hairstyles), and yet they’re supposed to be the epitome of girl power? Compared to other girl groups, maybe. But that is still only based on their songs (that are written by men) and performances (that are mainly choreographed by men). While G-Dragon, and to a lesser extent the other Big Bang members, has been given monopoly over Big Bang’s tracks from the beginning, 2ne1 (three years after their debut) still hasn’t. CL has already written some raps (although the quality of those is debatable, but I digress), but strangely enough none of those were for 2ne1. 

    It is true that the content of their songs was and still is a breath of fresh air in kpop, but at the same time those songs were written by men. 2ne1 are basically just mouthpieces for men. How is that empowering? You cannot compare 2ne1 to Tasha, Lexy, or the Brown Eyed Girls because these three do have control over their image. Jea is one of the most prominent female composers. These are the people I’d see as empowering. What’s not empowering about Black Happiness (talking about black women here)? 2ne1 has still a long time to go. They’re just as manufactured as all the other girl groups.

    And don’t get me started on Go Away. That video was a hot mess, and one of the worst kpop videos ever. I’d take a million videos in a box than that one.

    • http://twitter.com/lily_of_west Majin Buu

      First of all, everything in the music industry is manufactured. It’s not just one group, or one artist, to some extent they’re all manufactured whether we like to admit it or not.
      Tasha is more free to do certain things because she is in a company her husband owns, and it’s only logical he’s not gonna shut her up or not allow certain things. If she were a solo artist belonging to another company, you can bet that she wouldn’t have that much freedom she has right now.
      Lexy’s songs, if you actually do know her discography, aren’t that empowering for women, some are, some sound like she’s rapping to a Taylor Swift lyric. And most of her hard-hitting ones, at least while she was in YGE, were done by Perry or influenced by him. Now don’t get me wrong I’m not saying Lexy didn’t write her shit, she did, but not all.
      Brown eyed girls do have certain liberties, Jea composes a lot and Miryo writes her rap parts, but that doesn’t mean the label allows them to record every song they want to or that they don’t change certain things. Or that they don’t give them a styling, a concept or hairstyles they think would fit them. But BEG are not considered an idol group so certain standards are different for them than for a kpop group.
      Now you might not see 2ne1 as empowering for women because they don’t write their own lyrics (and also you might not see much in CL’s lyrics, but I say she did quite well in the ones she did write) but that doesn’t make it true. Are they managed by a man? Yes. Are they produced by a man? Yes. Still if you know anything about 2ne1, you would know that they do have much more liberty, than any other kpop girl group. CL said that when the time comes for them to go solo, they will write and produce and feature other people. If they wanted to write or produce for the group they would have done it already. It’s not that they’re not allowed, it’s that they don’t want to. They have different tastes all 4 and that wouldn’t work. So why not hold it off until they can work solo? Nothing wrong with it.
      And again you’re wrong, they do have a say in what they wear or in which hairstyle they get. And they also talk to Teddy when they’re preparing a song, telling him what they would like to sing about. Both the girls and Teddy confirmed that.
      But you need to understand one thing, most women in the music industry are to a certain extent under the control of a man. It’s just that some have more control, and some have less.
      Just because Teddy writes 2ne1′s songs, doesn’t mean a woman can’t identify with it and draw strength or power from it. It also doesn’t mean the girls don’t mean what they’re singing. It’s all about whether you can identify with it! Or if you see they really mean what they sing. If you can than why would it not be meaningful?
      And that doesn’t just go for 2ne1 but for every female group/singer in the world.
      Men basically have control over most of the shit that happens in the world. But should I not be inspired or moved by a book just because the female author who wrote it is managed and publicized by a company which is run by a man? Or should I not like “Survivor” just because Anthony Dent and Mathew Knowles had their had in writing and producing it, or “Who run the world” even tho 5 men were involved in writing and producing it? See my point?
      And as far as the “Go away” MV goes, opinions and tastes differ.

      • sarajgh

        Way to miss the point, but okay.
        In my opinion CL’s lyrics are nothing to write home about, but the fact is she’s not been given any opportunity to improve. Writing lyrics for a commercial does not count. YG needs to let her (and the others, if they are interested. Minzy seems like she is) at least try to write for 2ne1, songs she will actually sing and perform. GD was not born a genius, and neither was TOP, or Taeyang, or Seungri.
        They do have liberty, that’s true. But, I disagree with you on going solo. This is just my feeling, and I might be wrong, but I think CL wants to go solo. Not permanently, but like GD (and the other Big Bang members), release a mini or an album. Same with Minzy, and Bom. Bom was the happiest when she was performing her solos, and she seems the most proud of those songs. Dara was scouted as an actress, and she enjoys acting. Why not give her a drama, considering half of the time 2ne1 is doing nothing. But I digress.
        And, no, they do not have control over their clothes or hairstyles. Dara cried when she had to have her hair shaved (even though CL was the one who had to do it, but she convinced Dara to do it). They have stylists just like everyone else. 
        I agree with you about their songs, but that was not my point at all. My point was that if 2ne1 was the epitome of girl power as international fans love to point that out, they’d have more liberties. They’re supposed to be the female Big Bang (I hate that title, but ok), yet they don’t have half of the options Big Bang has or had in their third year.
        CL herself said she’d like to change the ending of Go Away if she could. What exactly is empowering about a woman dying after suffering from physical abuse? Yes, she killed her abuser, but she also killed herself. What’s the message here? Fact is, the physical abuse part was just shock factor and a very ugly one.

        • http://twitter.com/lily_of_west Majin Buu

          - Like I said opinions differ, I think that those things she did write are pretty good. And I repeat she said it herself that right now she wants to be all about 2ne1, she’s 21 she has time to do her own stuff and to improve. Just because we don’t get to see her own work that much doesn’t mean she’s not learning the ropes and developing her skills.
          - Of course they all want to do solo stuff, but not just now, they’re trying to ride the 2ne1 wave as long as they can. They don’t have that much time as a group, in my opinion, not because they’re not doing great as a group but because  two of them are 29, it’s not like they can still be an idol group after 30.
          - Dara wasn’t made to do it, CL thought of it, wanting to do it herself, but realized she might come across as too tough, which wouldn’t be crazy, at least in Korea, they already think of her as this tough ass chick. So she suggested for Dara to do it, she didn’t have to do it if she didn’t want to. No one made her, she agreed but as they started cutting her hair she started having second thoughts as most of us girls would. Nothing wrong with that.
          - No one said 2ne1 was the epitome of girl power, but they do represent it with their lyrics and style. Anyone who says they’re the epitome is a very deluded fan (in this case Blackjack). Amongst some other female groups in Korea they do try to show that a girl can tell a different story from “oppa love me I’m cute”. But many people forget they’re not just that, they have other sides to them as a group, both musically and style wise.
          - Again they have the option, they said it themselves, but as I already stated, the girls differ too much as far as their music tastes go to do things for the group as a group. Minzy has been learning the ropes of production since she started training pretty much. Chaerin too, both have been writing lyrics for a long time now, but the other two don’t so just because it works for Big Bang that Ji and Tabi do some producing and writing for the group, doesn’t mean it would work for 2ne1. Just because some people call them the female Big Bang (I don’t) doesn’t mean they are or that they have to be.
          - CL said she would like to change the ending of the MV “Go Away”, but that is not up to them, that’s up to the director of the MV, yeah they might pitch some of their ideas (she probably did) but that doesn’t mean the director has to accept them.
          And as I can see you completely misunderstood the point of the MV. The point of that ending that relationships like that never lead to good endings. That you shouldn’t stay in a relationship like that because it’s never going to end well. In the end CL walks away with the girls wiping her tears as tho she finally realized that that is how she’ll end up if she doesn’t walk away from that relationship. The MV shows, in a metaphorical way, an internal state of mind and an internal struggle of an abused woman. Just like Tablo’s “Bad” MV.

          • sarajgh

            CL: “At first, the stylist unni told me to do it. I was going to do it at first but I just couldn’t get myself to go through with it. Seeing Dara unni cry, my heart was heavy… I was going to do it at first, but I was scared of looking too strong so I had nominated the pretty Dara unni.” – Their stylist suggested it, not CL. She couldn’t go through it.
            Anyway, I completely disagree with you on the Go Away music video. Messages and all, there are better ways of displaying that. I don’t see the point you’re making at all, and I’ve seen many people (neutral to the issue) criticizing the video (it’s no wonder it’s so controversial). I would have loved the video if CL didn’t die at the end. If she had just killed the guy and she survived (which she didn’t, that shot of the four of them walking is not real). It would have been extreme, but I would have applauded it. In this way, there is no point. Which CL herself says. When I said that she wanted to change the ending, I wasn’t talking about how little power she had; I was talking about how she herself sees that the ending was unnecessary and wrong. I suggest this article: http://www.callmepatricia.com/2010/09/15/controversial-for-all-the-wrong-reasons/ that can articulate my thoughts much better than I do.

            2ne1 is great, and they were a breath of fresh air among all other cute girl kpop groups (not that there’s anything wrong with them). I just wish they’d have more freedom. 

          • http://twitter.com/lily_of_west Majin Buu

            “It was a style that I wanted (to do) but it was too strong. The
            prettiest member ought to do it; if it was me (who did it) it would
            have looked too strong,” CL explained with a laugh. http://clbaddestfemale.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/interview-2ne1-on-their-love-ban-comeback-schedules-more-july-11-2012/And actually CL didn’t say she would change so that she doesn’t die in the MV, but that she would change it so that she doesn’t get hit (or rather her character doesn’t get hit by the boyfriend). And the article you linked basically says that just because a group has a strong image they can’t show the other side. Which is what I already tackled in earlier comments. It would be like saying just because they try to give this “we are strong women” feel, they can’t show that that’s not all they have to offer. Like a woman can’t be strong but also want love (to love and be loved). The MV can be interpreted in many ways here’s a really good interpretation : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBwr3KFAdU8 a really good explanation of the mentioned MV. You do not have to agree with it.And I don’t know why is it less empowering even if they both die in the end. I see the MV as a metaphorical representaion of an abusive, push and pull relationship. You can see it literally, doesn’t mean either is wrong.

          • sarajgh

            I know she said that; doesn’t change that it was the stylist’s idea. And that Dara didn’t want to do it (and honestly I still don’t think she likes it, but this is just me). I can’t find the quote now, but I am pretty sure CL said she wanted to change the ending. Either way, as you can see CL disagrees too. Do you seriously not think the abuse part was not just for shock factor? This is YG we’re talking about. 

            My main point for linking that article was this: ”There’s some stuff in there that’s absolutely unnecessary – most notably, CL’s character’s physically abusive relationship with her now ex-boyfriend. CL’s main reason for leaving Boyfriend was because of his infidelity, not the fact that he’s physically abusive. (Final scene, right before the race begins. Boyfriend + New GF interation = angry CL. Nothing else.) If the directors chose to include that scene outside of Boyfriend’s trailer, then the physical abuse should’ve been the principal reason for the breakup. Otherwise, the abuse scene’s sole purpose is for the shock factor. And that’s just stupid and insensitive and underrates everything about the tragedy of domestic violence. (It’s also very typical of K-pop.)”

            I completely agree with you that a strong woman can also be vulnerable. That was not my point. My issue here is that she did not have to die at the end. Couldn’t she have just killed him? (although that would have been pretty extreme) What kind of a message is that? It basically means there is no way out of an abusive relationship except to crash and burn.

          • soluiz

            Sigh.
            CL shops with the stylists and the girls mostly dresses with their own clothes. (clothes that they own) when 2ne1 or bigbang refers “stylists” they are not referring to a staff that they only speaks with during work. They tweets, chat ,shop, dances, attend shows and hangs out. Dara is not comfortable wearing sexy outfits and love loud images in a performance. She’s not like that off stage. She said this during rookie days and still do. The thing is because of an article published in gossip sites, people thought dara is bullied by CL. After agreeing with that hairstyle which came up from cl and the hair stylist discussion. Dara “teared” when the shaver comes. for a girl who haven’t seen a shaver on her head before it would be shocking especially for cry baby dara. And no she didn’t bawl her eyes out.
            In the go away mv, the guys infidelity and abuse shows that cl is both under physical and mental torture. When cl is in racing gear, she always have a poker face on, that’s her bottling up. Until then none of these cause her to give up the relationship. The race track is a METAPHOR of their relationship. The guy has been winning. And no they didn’t die. On top of that, CL’s need to cling on him might not even be love anymore. The break up “talk” from the start is not the first and she’s in delusion. outside the house she talks about his shirt instead of the other girl. She cares more of what the public thinks and treated it like a game she lost and being sour grapes on it. Which is destructive.

        • happy_slip

          Way Off-topic but:

          I’m not sure about CL wanting to go solo, at least, not really now or even in the near future. Among the four, she’s the member who has had expressed otherwise the most. Going by the past interviews she has stated (from what I remember): She’s not that much keen on really making music as much as GD/Teddy does, and while she does love performing and arguably carries a lot of their performances, she’s first to state that their mindset is set on the group and the group alone. Is she saying that because she’s the leader? Probably, but from my observations (maybe you could say that with most ppl in the fandom) CL’s probably going to do a solo if YGE makes her, and not in the sense like GD’s. As for Bom, her live performances alone basically speaks volumes imo. Obviously she’s proud (as well as the other members) of her solos, but the difference between Bom singing alone and Bom singing with 2NE1 is pretty huge. Until she actually overcomes that, I won’t say she’s more “happy” doing her own thing.

          I would agree about 2NE1 not even being encouraged sometimes though. Minzy and Dara actually expressed doing stuff other than singing (and they actually have the talent/skill for those things), but YGE seems to be so limiting to them. I don’t get it. I would understand if the girls don’t want to touch the music making aspect if they trust Teddy with that and that they feel they agree with the things he writes, but I do kinda expect the company to allow them to try things if some of the members already expressed such desires. I have yet to see CL really share some desire to do things, but Minji and Dara did. Why they can’t seem to do that baffles me sometimes.

          As for the points about 2NE1 not being the epitome of girl power…while I won’t really dispute that, I feel that’s not where the issue of i-fans is coming from. Honestly, I feel it has a lot to do with their style and the way they embody it. miss A’s girl power anthem songs and concepts are purely JYP’s but I rarely see people point out that fact.

          • sarajgh

            I don’t know, I always get the impression CL wants to go solo. Not completely, but like Taeyang and GD. I think she’d rock it. In fact, last year, when YG released new profile photos for their artists, there was a shot of CL and Minzy and I thought they were going to release a subunit album like GD&TOP. Guess not.

            Your second paragraph is exactly what I’m saying! YG is too concerned with protecting the girls, and making them seem like “true artists” by not letting them on variety shows or do anything else beside 2ne1 related stuff. They are all talented, they can handle it. Dara was adorable on Win Win. Send Minzy to Immortal Song or dance battles. It just makes me frustrated how underused they are.

            To be honest, I have never heard someone call miss A a girl power group before now lol. miss A and 2ne1 are in the same boat, but I mentioned 2ne1 because they have a lot more international fans who worship they ground they walk on in the name of “feminism” (while in the same breath bashing other girl groups, but I digress).

  • glacierkn

    I’ve wondered why there are hardly any female idols who compose or write songs compared to guys.  Maybe it’s not because they can’t but because they’re work is not accepted?  South Korea ranks very low in gender equality, and for being such a developed and influential country, it’s about time they do something about that.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LL4QDJLVFDT2RDIZYBALSE75JE angel29

    Can’t men empower women so that they can in turn advocate for women empowerment?  Pretty much the same for education.  Educated countries can help in the education programs of those not at par to theirs so that the beneficiaries can do the same to their own people.  Power trickles down where they should.

    To always be bringing the argument that 2NE1 sings lyrics written, composed and produced by men does not change what 2NE1 brings to the table: women empowerment through music.  One does not have to be the origin of power to spread it.

    • Weai99

      Your comment and the usage of ‘educated world helping the third world’ is the reason why most girl-empowerment songs written by guy producer is so blatantly accused of being feigned.

      My opinion:
      1. As aforementioned,i understand that not everyone can be a good song writer(like jay chou’s best songwriter-Fang Wen Shan), but taking a look at 2NE1′s lyrics..it’s not some sort of poetic or (forgive me for saying this) requires much ‘talent’(can’t think of a better word to express what I wanted to say).
      So why not the girls write something themselves?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LL4QDJLVFDT2RDIZYBALSE75JE angel29

        Of course it would be nice that they start writing songs themselves. I would love to have the girls writing. And the use of education is just an analogy on how power can be distributed down the line. The power to influence is something you can also get by being a recipient or by being given the opportunity to be a tool yourself.

        And when you say that the lyrics are not poetic, I will not argue. But poetic or not does not change the fact that they have served as idols (in the real sense of the word) through the songs they sing.

        (Not related: the very mention of Jay Chou makes me weak. LOL.  He’s one of my ultimate faves!!!)

  • severely

    I don’t agree with “Ugly” being in the uppermost tier. If you’re going to be critical of other groups for having MVs that are powerful, but lyrics that are not, then I’m not really sure why 2NE1 got a pass on that.

    • http://twitter.com/lily_of_west Majin Buu

      Then by that logic “Sixth Sense” shouldn’t be there either because that song is about sex so I don’t understand your point. The author meant that these two MVs have more meaning behind them, BEG’s for obvious reasons, and 2ne1′s because even tho the lyrics talk about girls feeling like they’re not good enough, pretty enough, the MV depicts a completely opposite story of them rebelling against the standards set by the society. While (even tho I enjoy them) Exid/Spica/D-unit/Evol just have a typical “please love me” storyline, but have MVs without any meaning or purpose other than to try and place them as gun/bat/saw handling, tough chicks.

    • BommieBluebird

      Like Majin Buu said, why should Sixth Sense be there either? The lyrics for Ugly lead us to believe one thing (self hate: I’m not pretty, I’m not beautful ect.), while the MV takes the song in another direction (rebelling against the societal norms of beauty). Together, you have a powerful message about just how damaging these societal norms are. 

      Sixth Sense’s lyrics also lead us to believe one thing (sexual undertones: my eyes arouse you even from far away, better than the love motion, kiss kiss frenchy fenchy ect), while the MV just blows you away with the amount of symbolism and feisty female empowerment. 

      For both, the MV and the song work together to create a message about female empowerment. Each can be considered powerful in their own way: 2NE1 challenges modern beauty ideals and Brown Eyed Girls raise concerns over fetishes and the treatment of females in the industry/ society at large.  

      If one argues that 2NE1′s lyrics were not written by a female, and therefore can’t be used as an example of female empowerment- well, why can’t a male also be an advocate for woman’s rights? Why can’t a man empower a woman? 

      Either way, when you also consider 2NE1′s target demographic, the lyrics and MV for Ugly are powerful (particularly to that audience). I would certainly place Ugly in the top tier just for empathising with contemporary teenage culture.  

    • BommieBluebird

      Like Majin Buu said, why should Sixth Sense be there either? The lyrics for Ugly lead us to believe one thing (self hate: I’m not pretty, I’m not beautful ect.), while the MV takes the song in another direction (rebelling against the societal norms of beauty). Together, you have a powerful message about just how damaging these societal norms are. 

      Sixth Sense’s lyrics also lead us to believe one thing (sexual undertones: my eyes arouse you even from far away, better than the love motion, kiss kiss frenchy fenchy ect), while the MV just blows you away with the amount of symbolism and feisty female empowerment. 

      For both, the MV and the song work together to create a message about female empowerment. Each can be considered powerful in their own way: 2NE1 challenges modern beauty ideals and Brown Eyed Girls raise concerns over fetishes and the treatment of females in the industry/ society at large.  

      If one argues that 2NE1′s lyrics were not written by a female, and therefore can’t be used as an example of female empowerment- well, why can’t a male also be an advocate for woman’s rights? Why can’t a man empower a woman? 

      Either way, when you also consider 2NE1′s target demographic, the lyrics and MV for Ugly are powerful (particularly to that audience). I would certainly place Ugly in the top tier just for empathising with contemporary teenage culture.  

  • missile414

    Tasha and Lexy mention! old school’s baddest bitches! :D

    I love all the female empowerment going on in kpop lately, even if it’s all manufactured. A little of the groups’ real strength always manages to seep through. And some even break through to taking charge of their own concepts, ie BEG. The BEG girls are freaking amazing and I love the depth of their work, even the solo stuff. It’s so refreshing! I’ve never been a fan of 2ne1 but I also appreciate what they do. More female empowerment, please!

  • http://dvqd92.tumblr.com/ Elizabeth

    Great article Mark. Yes the mainstream music industry and mainstream artist in general is manufactured and is a business for money of and targeting towards the audience/public at large and mainstream k-pop industry is no different as well. I don’t mind girls power image/concept/music/artist being manufactured by men as long as it’s mostly done a positive and good job of manufactured girls power artist being new/different/inspired from the others/past have done and remembered which make an impact/history/legacy/remembered for years to come for future to come because of impact/history/legacy/remembered/influenced whether anywhere in your life and pop culture in general in film, music, television, radio, internet, books etc. which 2NE1 (although Go Away is subjective) and Miss A the current mainstream K-pop artist/girl group as an example is doing at the moment. We need more positive female empowerment for females to feel positive, strong, better and equality for all. Look at Spice Girls in the 90s the mainstream girl power group they’re legacy speaks for itself, the tv show such as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Xena The Warrior Princess and Parks & Recreation being created by men for positive female empowerment it it still a primarily good representations. This is just my thoughts.

  • http://andshewhispers.livejournal.com/ S

    Love this article. As much as I love 2NE1, music and (most) lyrics-wise, I find it a bit absurd (or rather, disappointed) that the lyrics are mainly composed by Teddy, who revealed in 2NE1TV (or an interview I’m not sure) that he wrote the “female empowerment” lyrics while reminiscing the letters he received from his exs. 

    Not complaining, but it would be better to see the girls partake in lyrics-composing. :)

  • happy_slip

    Eh, I really think most of the time it’s how 2NE1 presents “female empowerment” that throws some people off. miss A always gets lauded by how classy and sassy most of their songs/concepts are, but most of it were made by JYP, and/or conceptualized by men as well. 

    It would be cool if 2NE1 gets to write, but the members aren’t really keen on doing that. And frankly as a fan, it’s not how they’re not making their own music that frustrates me sometimes, it’s YGE’s seemingly strange refusal to let some of them pursue or nurture their other interests. I’m mainly looking at Minji and Dara, because those two have shown and expressed in the past that they’d like to try something outside their group.

  • Mishka Moncrieffe

    I think another thing that destroys their image of female empowerment is when the girl groups talk about how they want to eat but the CEO has told them to diet. I am sorry but I cannot perceive 2NE1 or Miss A as girl power groups when there is a man restricting their diets (especially none of these ladies need it). To be a proper icon of girl power all the groups,except BEG, need to be doing more to take an active role in their own lives. I am including music because their work is just another dimension of their lives.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=658721835 Tamara Viktorovna

    Ailee’s “I’ll Show You” sounds very similar to the movie  ”200 Pound Beauty’. The protagonist undergoes full body plastic surgery which supposedly enhances her outer as well as inner beauty. She very quickly runs back to the guy who rejected her romantically when she was her actual self, and tries to dazzle him with her newly purchased good looks. The whole time I just sat there thinking can the message of a movie really be “you can be happy too…so long as you admit you’re not good enough as you are’???

    Also, I was quite disappointed with Hyuna’s latest “ice cream” soapy performance. I made a reference in a blog I wrote about how she only mocked “aegyo” in the collaboration video with PSY and was hoping she’d give an alternative of a strong independent woman type. Sure, she’s sexed it up a lot and danced provocatively with unshakable confidence…but as you point out the lyrics undermine the whole idea of female empowerment when the girl’s rolling around in the floor in what appears to be the aftermath of an overflowing bathtub, and sings about how she will melt all the guys in the close vicinity ! Is a woman only powerful if she has a truckload, and in this case an ice cream truck load of male attention? Are there no other markers of success for women?