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Arielle Bernstein: How 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Skewers Empowerment Culture

24 March 2015 8:09 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Back in the early 2000s, a friend and I worked together on creating a musical medley based on all our favorite songs. We featured artists from Ani Difranco to Radiohead. Our favorite silly addition was a song by Ja Rule and Ashanti called “Mesmerize” which was utterly and fantastically terrible. In my favorite line of this atrocious song Ashanti sings about how, for a woman, love is always pain, to which Ja Rule sweetly and patronizingly replies, “It’s a man’s world. But I understand.”  Barring the fact that these lyrics seem like a complete non sequitur, the assertion that female pain is a kind of status quo smacked deeply of condescension. The fact that this catchy and absurd song got airplay multiple times a day, as if we all could seemingly care less about what a dumb message this was sending us, made it feel as though it were actually benign. »

- Arielle Bernstein

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