Ingrid Michaelson’s new video “Girls Chase Boys” satires the hypersexualisation of the female form perfectly – by displacing it onto a male physique.
Michaelson’s video first introduces us to a make-clad, hypersexualised male face swaying sensuously to the music; then slips to an image of Michaelson singing with a troupe of racially diverse, and notably ripped men behind her in pink tops, loud make-up, and purple pants. Later, the song incorporates a selection of female dancers to join their male comrades in their own hypersexualised costume and make-up.
Essentially, the music video highlights the sexist and misogynistic connotation associated with the female form and the standards of perfection women are expected to exude; by alternating and re-positioning these ideals onto a male form.
Michaelson had this to say of the fun and bright video:
“Girls Chase Boys started out as a break up song but took on a deeper meaning as I continued writing. More than just being about my experience, its focus shifted to include the idea that, no matter who or how we love, we are all the same.
“The video takes that idea one step further and attempts to turn stereotypical gender roles on their head. Girls don’t exclusively chase boys. We all know this. We all chase each other and in the end we are all chasing after the same thing: love. I hope you enjoy it! AHHH!”