Gender Politics and Jenny Lewis

A couple weeks back, I was on a writing date with my ridiculously talented girlfriend T-pumps. Somewhere between lavish praise for the Oxford Comma and a “could you please pass me a chocolate covered pretzel,” we got to talking about what music we were listening too lately.

I was on a Hey Rosetta! kick, and T-pumps was hitting replay on Jenny Lewis’ new single One of they Guys, “But,” she tells me, “there is this one line that just kills a piece of my soul every time I hear it.”

So we watch…

**side bar: I never thought I would say this but Anne Hathaway looks smoking hot in this video

… and lo and behold, Jenny is crooning about how her desire for a baby is getting in the way of “being one for the guys.” Ugh. Vomit.

T-pumps and i were unable to come to terms. Given the context of the video, I was sure the line was ironic – I mean the whole video is one giant gender parody. T-pumps thought it was a genuine sentiment. Eventually we agreed to disagree (though she hoped I was right), cracked open another beer, and I returned to lamenting how I lacked her descriptive style.

Then this morning, I saw this.

“That’s the whole point of that song: if I don’t want to have kids I don’t want to have kids and there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m not saying that I won’t someday but I’m talking about an issue that isn’t often talked about in music. So I think there’s that and I think there’s still the comparison between female artists to each other like, ‘she’s good among this (group of female songwriters).’ But really I just want to be a songwriter. And I’ve had to work really hard and I’ve had to fight for my rights as a female front-person of a band,” Jenny Lewis said during her interview with Canada.com.

First of all, argument won.

Second of all, the arts industry has a long way to go before it recognizes women as cultural producers rather than just reproducers.

Third of all, Just One of the Guys is GORGEOUS unplugged.

 

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