#MeToos forgot to shame the Beatles

9 Oct

For “I saw her standing there”:

“Well, she was just 17, you know what I mean…” with its clear implication of an older man making inappropriate advances on an underage and socially powerless girl, and the yecky boy’s club chumminess of “you know what I mean…” wink, wink…

All that toxic male desire.

(Plus video promotes smoking and irresponsible drinking.)

For “A Hard Day’s Night”:

“You know I work all day to get you money to buy you things…”, lyrics that limit a woman’s social position to domesticity — barefoot in the kitchen and, ideally, pregnant — and the “buy you things” part which casts an unattractive, insensitive mercenary aspect to the relationship, emphasizing the male’s socioeconomic power while belittling the female’s emotional, spousal integrity.

And “Run for your life”:

“Well, I’d rather see you dead little girl than to be with another man… Catch you with another man, and that’s the enduh, little girl!”  What more an acceptance of male violence than that and the shameless license granted to male emotional and physical terror of: “Well, you know that I’m a wicked guy and I was born with a jealous mind…”  Like, that’s just how men are, get used to it.

So get to work.  There’s probably more out there than we think.

Christ, they were all so cute when they were young.

Oh shit, did I just objectify them?

Comment: nikobakos@gmail.com

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