Jennifer Lopez released a new music video for her song “I Luh Ya Papi” on Thursday. In the video, Jennifer and some of her “friends” meet with the director of her video to discuss locations to shoot. When the director comes up with ridiculous bubblegum ideas, the conversation turns to a very serious discussion about objectification and glorification of sexism in music videos. The conversation goes like this: “If she [J.Lo] was a guy, we wouldn’t be having this conversation at all.”
“Why do men always objectify the women in every single video?” one of the pals said. “Why can’t we for once objectify the men?”
And they do.
This video leaves me with more questions than answers, though. Can men really be objectified? When a woman is in control of her body, does that mean she can’t be objectified? Is objectification in the eye of the beholder? If J.Lo is trying to represent a strong female in charge of her gaze, why the hell does she call her lover: daddy?
I am glad that this video shows that women can as easily objectify men as they do women. But seeing people, usually women, being degraded into objects has got to stop. If you “luh ya papi” treat him like a person and he should do the same in return. “I love and respect you. You are not an object, you are my equal, papi.” Also, the spell check on this article is killing me, J.Lo.
Here’s the link to a dissected look at the music video.
Video property of Jennifer Lopez Vevo