My remix was made over the song and lyrics of “Little Wing” by Jimi Hendrix in order to prove a point about the misogyny of the song as well as a point about misogyny in general. The lyrics to “Little Wing” are
Well She’ walking through the clouds
With a circus mind that’s running round
Butterflies and zebras
That’s all she ever thinks about
Riding with the wind
When I’m sad, she comes to me
a thousand smiles she gives to me free
It’s alright, she said, it’s alright
Take anything you want from me
Fly on, little wing (Little Wing, Genius)
As presented, one can see that Hendrix attempted to portray his idealized woman as a careless person who thinks about fairytales and such. She doesn’t care for anything in reality. This could be a optimistic, but this unrealistic portrayal of women is demeaning to who they actually are. And the second verse is more problematic, with the portrayal that the woman will comfort him in his times of need without any sort of a relationship between the two (she gives to me free). Hendrix also said “she said, it’s alright, Take anything you want from me” when realistically no one would willingly say that to someone who the other person doesn’t know.
So now that I’ve given you my interpretation of the song’s lyrics, let’s turn to the images and videos. During Jimi’s guitar introduction (which is an awesome guitar intro by the way!), I show Dr. Ford, the original founder’s of the #MeToo movement, Andrea Constand, Faith Rodgers, Stormy Daniels, photos depicting more of Trump’s accusers of sexual assault, Time Magazine’s front cover of their depiction of the #MeToo movement- which shows the cover dedicated to victims, and the perpetrators, depicted on a poster labeled harassholes. These images were meant to set the stage up for the lyrics, which end up clashing with the visual media presented in the video with the intent of showing that men don’t have to be misogynist to be men. Although the song Little Wing is written by a man about his idealized women, we have to realize that although it’s a good song musically, it doesn’t have the best message and that real men need to call misogynistic messages out.
Next I uploaded a section from a video of a woman walking through NYC for 4 hours, all the while being catcalled. I think this worked perfectly because is presented when Jimi says “Well she’s walking, through the clouds, with a circus mind, that’s running round”; when juxtaposed with the video you see a woman who is in fact walking, but she has men catcalling her instead of minding their business and a guy was even walking next to her- which is not what anybody wants unless they are not a stranger and was walking with them in the first place. So she’s walking, and while the song portrays the woman as some pure soul who doesn’t have a care in the world, the woman in the video looks on edge and pissed off that she can’t willingly walk in NYC alone.
The next clip was from a movie from 1959 called “The Trouble with Women”. In the clip the main character’s boss hires the main character a secretary to work under him and they were having a dispute over it and the main character says he doesn’t like his new assistant because “she’s a woman isn’t she?”. After that, I embedded a second video of a woman walking through the hood for 10 hours. I put that together to show that sexism has does not discriminate in geography nor time period.
After that I embedded a Fox News clip in which one of the male hosts said “You know, we’re letting them play golf and tennis now, it’s out of control”, and then Gretchen Carlson, ex-Fox News Anchor turned Women’s Activist, got up and said “You know what and left the view of the camera. Then I showed two of the “10 Most Sexist Commercials”, in which one man is scolding his wife while she takes it, and the other is of a man who sees a woman on the beach and calls her over, as if he has full claim to her.
Next I embedded a clip of a video that shoes Elizabeth Cady Stanton, co-founder of the Seneca Falls Convention, and produced the “Declaration of Sentiments”. I wanted to show the history of the women’s rights movement. From there I should women’s activist Ida B Wells, and then various pictures of women’s marches. I also showed a quote from the “Declaration of Sentiments” that Susan B Anthony wrote. I also embedded an alternate picture of the back of the $20 bill with women’s activists in American History. After that is a quote by Elizabeth Cady Stanton which added women to the first line of the “Declaration of Independence” for the “Declaration of Sentiments.” After that is some stock photo of contemporary society that includes women, yet challenges us to fight for equity and equality where appropriate for all people. The last photo of a man holding a sign that says “Real Men are Feminists” presents the point of this remix perfectly, in my opinion, because of how the song, patriarchal society, and men have been sexist in the past, and how the only way to change it is for everyone (especially men) to realize problems that linger in our society that need to be changed.
As a whole, I think my I succeeded in my vision although with more time devoted to the remix I could’ve found more creative sources that lined up at key parts of the song like how the first line lined up with the beginning of the clip of the woman walking in NYC. The overall effect I was going for was irony, and I think I portrayed that to myself, but I could have also manipulated the audio to enhance the ironies I was going for. More time devoted to this would also be lent wisely to the manipulation of the sound.
I think the argument made about creativity here is that it’s not creative to find a problem because of the frequencies in which the same problems exist in the wild. However, creativity comes in the form of gathering a variety of diverse sources that speak about the same problem in many different ways. For example, all of the accusers in the media were shown, but also the front cover of Time Magazine was shown. Two different videos were shown; a white woman and black women were walking down the street in two different areas. Creativity also comes in the use of older movies and documentation expressing similar messages. The clip of the movie shown was not meant for irony when it was shown, but I used it to show blatant sexism.
However, I can also see room for improvement with my remixing and video editing abilities. If I had time to play with and develop skill in video editing, I could have zoomed in on certain words, emphasized sound bites, or even split media in the same frame to make points through juxtaposition.
Audio Source 1: Little WIng by Jimi Hendrix (itunes)
Audio Source 2: Little Wing by Stevie Ray Vaughn (itunes)
Dr. Ford https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS759US759&biw=768&bih=651&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=Ip-4XLGWKbGd_Qbpwa5w&q=dr.+ford+&oq=dr.+ford+&gs_l=img.3..0j0i30l6j0i5i30j0i8i30l2.76208.77469..78564…0.0..0.72.514.8……1….1..gws-wiz-img…….0i24.74Q0dbaQOZM#imgrc=MIVTVH1ha9R0ZM:
Andrea Constand https://www.google.com/search?q=Andrea+Constand&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS759US759&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj02-vXgtrhAhXyxlkKHVMjDN8Q_AUIDigB&biw=768&bih=651#imgrc=UG8tx6Cg_jgiMM:
Stormy Daniels https://www.google.com/search?q=Stormy+daniels&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS759US759&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiLk7fygtrhAhWEzlkKHTg8DGoQ_AUIDygC&biw=768&bih=651&dpr=2#imgrc=vxplxgKhRN-doM:
Faith Rodgers https://www.google.com/search?q=r+kelly%27s+victim&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS759US759&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjIptSwg9rhAhWjtlkKHQMIDvQQ_AUIDigB&biw=768&bih=651#imgrc=Zah5IeMLdfGLcM:
Trump victims https://www.google.com/search?q=Trump+victims&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS759US759&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjAyabIg9rhAhVQs1kKHVHsClAQ_AUIDygC&biw=768&bih=651#imgrc=TfHUvAmnBRWU_M:
10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=4+hours+of+catca
The Trouble With Women https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS7FImcwBVA
10 Hours of Walking Alone in the Hood as a Black Woman!! (Parody) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyrpN0uIaaE
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Ida B. Wells
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Susan B anthony quote
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$20 bill new back
We hold these truths to be self evident
Anthony, Mott, Truth, and Paul:
Four women on poster
I don’t want to wear slippers I want to break glass ceilings:
Women in the workforce: (image not found) (google images)
Trans Women are women, Trans Men are Men:
women in juries: (not found) (google images)
Real Men are Feminists: