This is a video for the single “I Don’t Need a Man”, which was released by the pop group the Pussycat Dolls in 2006. The Pussycat Dolls are an American all-girl group that have sold over 50 million records worldwide. They were originally founded as a burlesque troupe in 1995. The lyrics of this song emphasise the independence and self-empowerment of the women, as they claim to be “fine” and “brand new” and “feel good” without a man. They also resist being sexualised and owned by men, as they don’t want “a ring” or “bling” or “a hand/If it only wants to grab one thing”. In the video, the six female members of the group dance around in revealing outfits, while performing rituals of feminine beauty such as painting their nails and shaving their legs.
This is a joint promo for The Real Housewives of New Jersey (2009 - present) and The Real Housewives of Orange County (2006 - present). Both shows are part of the Real Housewives franchise, created and produced by the cable channel Bravo. The franchise has been incredibly successful, with spin-offs in several cities across the nation. Each follows the lives and friendships of wealthy housewives and professional women in urban and suburban locations.
“Hard” is a 2009 platinum hit off of Rihanna’s fourth album,Rated R.The track features rapper Young Jeezy and received wide acclaim for what critics hailed as a departure from Rihanna’s previous material. Pitchfork Media, for instance, described the lyrics and musical style as “a strutting statement of power” and strength. In this video, Rihanna commands an army of men while wearing stylized military costumes, described by the designer as “military couture,” and handling a variety of artillery and other weapons in a barren scene closely resembling the deserts of Iraq or Afghanistan.
This is the trailer for the movie version of Sex and the City (2008). It follows fashionista and writer Carrie Bradshaw, along with her three female best friends, as they deal with romance, dating and commitment in modern-day New York City. The film was a spin-off of a popular television show that ran on HBO from 1998-2004.
This is a music video for 2006’s “Hips Don’t Lie,” by Colombian singer Shakira and Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean. It was a salsa and reggaeton-influenced international hit pop song. The theme of the video is a carnival or festival atmosphere, and features Shakira’s signature sensual belly-dancing in various outfits and configurations throughout the video. The song is essentially about a woman telling a man to “read the signs of (her) body” because her “hips don’t lie” in suggesting what she wants from him. Wyclef’s lyrics include stating that the way she moves her body and hips are so suggestive that they make him want to speak Spanish, ostensibly because Shakira is from Columbia and speaks Spanish (in addition to Portuguese and English). Part of the song also includes Wyclef singing simple Spanish phrases, like “como se llama” (what’s your name?), “bonita” (pretty/beautiful), “mi casa” (my house), “su casa” (your house).