By “The Watchers”
“The Watchers” is a group of young women. This was their response to an in-class writing assignment.
Does money buy everything? Constantly, we ask each other whatever the situation may be “Is it worth it, and am I?” The subject matter is: Is money worth the degradation and exploitation of women in videos? We see them every time we turn on BET and watch a hip hop video. This isn’t being hypocritical, it’s just the fact that these women seem to not care or care very little about themselves and how they are represented on TV. We feel that many music videos exploit women.
Many video girls go with the thought that if the artist, or entourage notices them it will lead to riches. First comes the video, next comes the VIP passes, industry parties, and red carpet events. Where does all this come from? People for years have said “It’s not what you know, but who you know, especially when you play your cards right.” What are the cards they’re playing, their bodies?
So what is the goal of being a video girl if all you do is show skin to be noticed and dancing provocatively? Video girls’ goal is nothing more than getting money, and being noticed. They lower the self esteem of young females who watch these videos by trying to gain confidence in them by dancing, and doing what they see gets men attention. They try luring artists to have their kids for child support. Child support equals money, a car, a house, and stability. Most likely in most cases they don’t have this in the beginning.
It all comes down to the power that video girls have over younger females, and the message of their actions. Their actions speak clearly through their provocative clothes, and sexually advanced dancing. These women lower not only themselves but to those who watch and want to become just like them.