Firstly, for those who identify as Christian, happy Easter. For everyone else, happy Sunday!
For those of you however who are women, love women, are feminist, have mothers, sisters, etc. AND go to/support JMU today isn’t really such a happy day. As most of you, I’m sure, know, there is a video on youtube entitled “Bitty City: The JMU Anthem” which essentially says, all girls at JMU are whores/sluts/only here for the pleasure of men.
I’ve placed the video here for those of you who haven’t seen it.
(also for those of you not planning to read on, please read the comment section of the video and form and voice your thoughts on the comments the video have received.)
After watching this video I became enraged because I know, as I’m sure most of you do, that the girls at JMU are far more than “biddies”. We are strong educated women who have made the University proud. Unfortunately, the video, instead of highlighting any of these qualities about the talented women at JMU, lumps ALL 70% OF THE UNIVERSITY into the category of a “plethora of drunken whores”. The video advocates the 70/30 ratio of females to males at the university because they believe that that is more helpful for men…who want to have sex…every night. So really, according to the video, the only reason for any of the girls to be at JMU (yes even the lesbians) is to be objectified and used by men for sex.
There are two identifiable problems with this issue, the first being that the two guys who made this song adopt the archaic stereotype that women should be chaste. While singing about the sexual freedom, they are at the same time singing about the sexual repression of the “sluts” “whores” and “biddies” at JMU. The men can have sex with as many “biddies” as they want, but each and every girl at JMU who has sex is a “drunken whore”.
The next, and probably most crucial issue, is that of misogyny. The video in question advocates sex with “drunken whores” which for those of you who aren’t familiar with the law, is rape. Anyone with an altered state of mind (i.e. drunk) cannot legally consent to have sex. The guys sing “jokingly” about how all the drunk girls are grinding on guys and walls etc., but fail to mention all of the guys standing in the corners scoping out the drunkest girl at the party to try and take home. We’ve all seen them too. They are a far bigger issue then “biddies”. The guys in this video sing right around date rape as if it doesn’t exist at JMU, which I hate to tell you, is NOT TRUE. 1/4 women at EVERY college campus will experience sexual assault. That means that 1/4 of the 70% of the population you’re singing about gentlemen (ha ha) has been a victim of guys with your same mentality.
As those still reading have noticed, I can not keep my opinions to myself, and therefore I created an account at youtube so write a comment against this video. What I found when I got to the comment section was shocking:
Only here at JMU could “plethora” and “drunken whores” be used in the same sentence. You guys rock, keep it up.TheAlbertoknox 1 week ago 6
@BKMaverick1990 lots of people care about misogyny, like rape victims, women killed by abusive husbands, and their families, etc.
smith3kl21 minutes ago
1. Its biddie not bitty.
2. Though I do not deny there is a relatively large number of biddies, JMU is not a Biddie City.
3. It is songs like this and men like the both of you, that lead the majority of female students, UGGs and all, to claim there are no good guys at JMU.D0cm00n 16 hours ago
This comment has received too many negative votes :
my problem with this song, besides the obvious misogyny, is that you say “they’re all the same” my guess is that there are far more girls kicking your ass in the scholastic arena then sucking your dicks or being “hoes”. just a guess.smith3kl 19 hours ago
There is so much truth in this song. But its so good.UrSideKickisEMO 2 days ago
so so true and so fucking awesomeoldestsis18 4 days ago
loooved it and it’s so true.bursonkm 1 week ago
Love this!TheTeamAM 1 week ago
So there you go folks, people who “love this” and don’t care about misogyny are hailed while those of us who see this video for what it is, get “voted down”.
Every woman at JMU should take offense to this video. It doesn’t matter if all those thing sound “true”, they’re not. We are not all “biddies”, we make this university what it is. Without us they are left with only 30% of their students, most of which, from the sound of the video, are only here to get “laid”, meaning that many of them will leave too once the girls are gone (though an entirely gay population at JMU WOULD BE AWESOME!). Women are an integral majority of the population here at JMU and the fact that we are still experiencing this level of oppression is staggering. If you know a woman at JMU who does not fit the stereotype purveyed in this video, post a comment opposing it.