Lauren Hill’s “That Thing” connects closely to what Ann Powers was referring to in “A Spy in the House of Love”. Although Lauren may not have purposely tied herself to any feminist cause, songs such as “That Thing” challenged the stereotypical images of womanhood perpetuated by pop culture. Lauren challenges the woman who allows herself to be objectified.
“You know I only say it because i’m truly genuine
Don’t be a hard rock, when you really are a gem
Baby girl! Respect is just the minimum”
She warns against ignoring the red flags when it comes to dealing with certain men.She indicates in the real world men do objectify women and unfortunately women have to be the gatekeepers of their sexuality if they want to be respected by these men who think this way. Yet Lauren is clear about not wanting to shame these girls because she too has experienced some of what she is referring to.
“Now — Lauryn is only human
Don’t think I haven’t been through the same predicament”
She is more so telling young girls to become smarter about how they present themselves so that they are empowered rather than being the hypersexualized objects men use to fulfill their own desires.
Similarly, India Arie’s “Video” is challenging the stereotypical standards of female beauty set by hollywood. She says ” I am not the average girl from your video, and I ain’t built like a supermodel, but I learned to love myself unconditional because I am a Queen.” This song is all about female empowerment and setting your own standards for beauty. A woman has the right to look however she wants and still feel beautiful in her own skin.