Since its inception, television has been a means to reflect a given society’s values as well as shape them. Over time, music videos, TV series and films have helped create an essential feminine beauty that’s based more on mythology than reality, and one that can have harmful effects on a woman’s sense of self-worth. Performance artist Kitty Von-Sometime (yes, that’s actually her name) is tired of it, and is using music videos to challenge the very myths that are spread through them.
In a 1977 Yankees World Series game, sports journalist Howard Cosell famously declared that “the Bronx was burning.” And while that was true in the literal sense–during the game ABC switched to…
Teen and pre-teen girls have caught a lot of flack for their dogged adoration of pop stars like Justin Bieber and One Direction. And in some cases, rightly so: on several occasions, Bieber fans–popularly coined as “Beliebers”–have actually issued death threats to people (often women) who get too close to their carefully-coiffed obsession.
Music has historically provided itself as a form of resistance. By creating beauty in a world that could easily be dismissed as cruel and brutish, or employing rhythm and melody to articulate truths that resist translation to speech, music makes life bearable. It reminds us that in life there can be and is something bigger than death and taxes–or in Karim Wasfi’s case, bombs.
Music’s relationship with individuality and civil dissent is well documented, which is precisely why authoritarian regimes tend to censor music and musicians upon assuming power. This is precisely what happened in Mali.