Whether it’s being used as a way of dealing with your relationship anxiety (love ya, T-Swift) or to tell the world how much you really love roomba vacuums, (that’s what Pitbull means, right?) music is pervasive.
It’s a way of communicating not just emotion, but – if this and last year’s Grammys are any indication – also a way of talking about what needs to change in our world.
And as the perfect build-up for International Women’s Day last week, Hozier’s new music video for “Someone New” continued this trend.
You’ve probably heard from headlines that it stars Natalie Dormer and yes, she makes out with a bunch of strangers.
But what no one is talking about is the fact that the video subtly broke through gender stereotypes before our eyes.
It’s a pretty simple premise – Natalie Dormer’s character wanders the city streets alone. Popping in and out of packed clubs, she fantasizes about making out with complete strangers (because who hasn’t?).
Now, the idea that women want casual hook-ups just as much as men isn’t breaking news. However, most music videos portray women who enjoy casual sex as skimpily-clad objects, not women taking ahold of their own sexuality.
But in “Someone New,” Dormer is dressed like any woman hitting the town on a Saturday night. And she’s not shown hooking up with random strangers, she’s shown fantasizing about it – something usually associated with men, not women.
There’s still this idea that dudes typically want short-term deals and women are looking to lock it down on their left ring finger as soon as possible. While this can totally be the case, it’s not the rule that many still think it is. In “Someone New,” Dormer isn’t angsting about being single or gazing at couples with forlorn eyes – she’s just shooting for a no-strings-attached fantasy.
Not to mention, many people – myself included – thought the song was about a man hooking up with a bunch of ladies. So this music video flipped the expectations in every way possible, whether it meant to or not.
Hozier wasn’t the only one to get progressive in the video world last week. Our two favorite boundary-breaking millennials in Broad City also turned heads when, in the last episode, the ladies discuss (and watch) porn together – something almost always attributed to men.
Maybe this all means a lot more to a single, introverted, hookup-romancing daydreamer (like Dormer’s character) than it actually should.
But in a world where we apparently still need International Women’s Day, it’s the small victories that truly count.