It’s not news to most that being a woman and/or having a uterus in America has gotten worse than usual in the past few months. Learning how to navigate a post-Roe world is an endlessly frustrating and heartbreaking prospect. Like many artists, Dove Cameron is standing up and using her platform to make a difference Directed his latest music video for “Breakfast”. Lauren DunnA scathing rebuke of patriarchy.
We enter a world crazy people The ad executive of the era, only in this universe, men are under women’s thumbs. The dove character is even apt to cast an evil glance at her devoted house husband when he drops his breakfast. At work, male subordinates nervously avoid Dove and her fellow female superiors, who cavalierly toss headless photos of men while serving men coffee. Dove’s character seduces an employee while playing a whiskey ad (“For women who can handle their booze”). Later, the subordinate visits the doctor, who advises him to dress appropriately and watch his alcohol intake in the future.
The video raises a simple question – what if women govern themselves and run the world in the same way as men? What if men are subjected to the same constant criticism and objectification and policing of general gender roles? How will they react if their feelings and indeed their lives are nothing to those in power? What the video presents as an oppressive dystopia for men already exists for women. The surreal aspects quickly spill over into a gritty, nauseating reality as Dove settles down with her evening whiskey, only to recognize herself as a robotic Stepford ad girl inside the television, begging for an escape. Roe v. Wade is announced.
This is the reality for many people who are forced to hand over their reproductive autonomy to a government that often ignores or flat out doesn’t care about the lives of women, trans people and non-binary people. Not to mention the lives of the children that this state has introduced the policy of forced insemination. Dove is a fearless archer and this video is a timely political crossbow. More artists should be brave enough to bare their teeth for social injustice. As the end credits say it’s “not the end,” we’re all reminded that in our deepest despair, we can come together to create the greatest and most impactful change. get involved with National Network of Abortion Funds, supernumerary, Emily’s ListAnd Head count.
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Dove Cameron brings the patriarchy to its knees in the “Breakfast” music video.