What is it about awesomely danceable pop songs that creates gender trouble?

It seems that both boys and girls like to get down to BeyoncĂ©, but it’s not as comfortable for boys to do it. (I reference but do not embed the Justin Timberlake/SNL and gawky Joe Jonas versions.) Boys do get to make nerdy jokes about the song, though.

You want to hear it one more time, don’t you?

7 responses to “Ladies”

  1. Andrew says:

    That second video is hilarious.

    I will say that every time I’m at a bar and this song comes on, some stuffy looking straight guy starts mock-dancing to it and gets just a little bit too into it for it to be a joke. Myself included. I have seen the same thing happen when the song “I Feel Like a Woman” by Shania Twain comes on.

    Perhaps it’s that these songs are so overtly about women that men find some comfort in dancing to them publicly, thinking that “I’m so obviously not a woman, clearly this dance is ironic!” Or maybe Single Ladies is just a really good song.

  2. Greg F says:

    I saw this the same day as the little boy distraught over not being a single lady:

    Another instance of pop music making people cry, or that is my pretext for posting it. I don’t tend to find kids cute or amusing or, well, tolerable, but this melted my stony heart. Granted, I only watched about a minute of it.

  3. Tim says:

    A.) I can’t wait for the return of Glee.

    B.) The dad in video #2 is a dick.

    C.) That is one infectious song. A student of mine had it on her cell phone ringer, and it went off a couple times in class. I couldn’t help but stop what I was saying and start singing along, even as I frowned disapprovingly about the interruption.

    D.) Yes to Andrew and furthermore, I think that a song like this allows straight males to let out their inner gay in public and do a twirl on the dance floor, all in a “safe” context. “Look at me! I couldn’t possibly be gay! I’m dancing and singing ironically to this song meant for women!” Meanwhile, their inner gay is having a ball.

  4. LP says:

    Wow, that “I love Justin Bieber” video is kind of amazing. Just as I thought, “This poor kid is being tortured!” the phone rang, and that moment was the funniest of all.

    This follow-up is simultaneously cute and kind of horrifying. Like Justin Bieber’s hair.

  5. Stella says:

    The dad is cute – he knows he was an ass!

    And it’s totally worth watching cody all the way through!!

  6. A White Bear says:

    2: Watch it to the end! The end of that one is the best part.

    Dave, did you follow the whole phenomenon of dudes doing lip-synch/dance videos to “My Humps”? Like “Single Ladies,” “My Humps” began as a song I detested, and then grew on me with the joy it seemed to bring to others.

  7. Dave says:

    I didn’t know about the “My Humps” thing, and I’m not sure I’m going to look it up because I don’t really like that song. I think I’m probably ignorant of at least 90% of YouTube memes.