Who Run The World?

May 20, 2015

Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj from the "Feeling Myself" music video | Taylor Swift in the "Bad Blood" Music Video
Girls run the world, that's who.

A lot happened this week. Female-heavy Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max: Fury Road dominated the box office. Taylor Swift revealed her long-awaited "Bad Blood" music video at the Billboard Music Awards. Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj got down to their new jam "Feeling Myself" and released a music video so cool and fun that I think everyone wants to be besties with the two.

In other words, this week's pop culture news was dominated by badass women, and I love it.

Though I haven't gotten around to seeing either film yet, I'm ecstatic to see a female-driven film directed by a female (Elizabeth Banks made her directing debut in Pitch Perfect 2) take the number one box office spot in the highly-competitive month of May.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoe Kravitz, and friends in Mad Max: Fury Road
The aca-mazing girls of Pitch Perfect 2
And who would have thought that Mad Max: Fury Road, which seems like a post-apocalyptic take on Fast & Furious with nothing but explosions and heavy testosterone, would be one of the most feminist films of the year? If this weekend was any indication, girls can be badass whether they are surviving in a desert wasteland or busting out some acapella. Basically, girls rule no matter what they're doing.

By Sunday I was already content with the feminist triumphs of the week, and then came two awesome music videos from three of the world's biggest advocates of feminism, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and Taylor Swift.

Don't mess with Catastrophe, from Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" music video
In Swift's "Bad Blood" music video, her character Catastrophe trains for an all-out showdown against rival Arsyn (played by Selena Gomez) with the help of a star-studded group of downright badasses. Ellie Goulding totes around a bazooka, Karlie Kloss rolls with the punches as a boxing champ, and Cara Delevingne has the coolest purse ever (the handle is actually a pair of nunchucks). It's awesome, seeing all these women look fierce and kick ass.

Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé looking awesome on the "Feeling Myself" music video
For "Feeling Myself" Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj teamed up for a straight-up jam. The video shows Bey and Nicki getting down and rocking some pretty sweet dance moves (that I'm sure everyone's going to try and learn this summer) but it also shows them being silly and goofy, trying to catch french fries in their mouths and partying backstage at Coachella. I love that this video shows them looking hot and fierce but also shows that these women are friends and are just having a good time. Women are badass, but they're people too, and this video shows that even the #flawless Beyoncé goofs off with her friends.

Of course, it wasn't all good news this week. Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones was met with a lot of criticism when they showed another rather gratuitous rape scene. The fact that writers feel like rape is one of the only ways to make a female character "interesting" is a harsh reminder that while we have all these awesome movies and music videos celebrating the multifacetedness and awesomeness of women, we still have a way to go.

For now, pump up the volume and blast "Bad Blood" and "Feeling Myself", go to the movies, and keep supporting media that supports women.


  1. Love this post. I am really excited to see pitch perfect 2, should be a really cute movie. I loved the first one!

    1. Me too! My friend and I were planning on seeing it this weekend so hopefully it's good!

      Thanks for reading!


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