Kidiocus: I Luh Ya Papi is an interesting video in that it attempts to “reverse” gender roles in music videos. In pop or hip hop videos, the objectification of womens bodies is a given norm-- but Jennifer Lopez attempts to subvert this norm by portraying men as sex objects, solely there for the female gaze. I think that it’s a fascinating thing to do, but it is also a bit problematic. J-Lo challenges some norms, but when French Montana begins his rap, J-Lo seemingly places herself back into the role of the objectified by dancing seductively around French Montana.
Caitlin: I also found this video pretty fascinating-- I feel like it’s been popular lately to do a superficial sort of examination of gender roles, which initially made me turn up my nose at I Luh You Papi. I think I originally described it as “pandering to a pseudo pop-feminism,” which wasn’t really fair of me. I have a tendency to privilege academic feminist works and media , which is something I’m working on avoiding. After all, it’s not really J-Lo’s job to do the work of feminist theorizing, so can’t I be grateful that she is working towards challenging oppressive norms in any form?
In further defense of J-Lo, I’d like to challenge Kidiocus’ notion that her "seductive dancing" was inherently objectifying herself. I think we’re so used to that template (woman of color dances around male artist as some sort of writhing, human prop) that we can’t imagine any other reason for her to be dancing in his vicinity if not purely for his enjoyment. I didn’t see her as French Montana’s prop, but did you? Did J-Lo undo the positive work she attempted in the message of the video? Leave your thoughts in the comments!