Female Entertainment

Female Entertainment is a response to reading multiple articles on social media attempting to connect feminist discourse to celebrity culture. I would much rather discuss the work of Pussy Riot than critique Beyonce’s latest music video, but I firmly agree with bell hooks’ position, “WOW-this is the business of capitalist money making at its best,”. Female artists in the entertainment industry also serve as role models for mothers, business women, and activists. Female professionals, such as politicians, teachers and scientists are also expected to maintain western beauty paradigms upheld by female celebrities. The possibilities of females being in control of their bodies, actions and words present the “liberated woman” as embodying an all encompassing character of being female. To convey this “female character” is to perform actions such as singing, dancing, protesting, making speeches, or breastfeeding with the intention to serve in order to realise one’s self. These actions, imply that such tasks are “work” and carry a certain “value”. Developing Female Entertainment involves performing in different places (open mic nights, clubs, galleries, parks, farmer’s markets, malls, tea houses, and, yes, Facebook) approaching each performance as a rehearsal, building towards the final product – a music video.

Perhspace, Los Angeles

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Two females enter a gallery. They are positioned in front of music stands. Microphone cords are wrapped around their bodies. One female is wearing a black leather jacket, black high heels, nude Spanx and a nude strapless bra. The other female is wearing a business casual jacket, boy cut panties, a tank top and pumps. They read text from a script and afterwards drop the papers on the floor. There are images on the papers, but they do not show the audience. When they finish speaking the text, they change costumes. One female puts on an XXL business casual shirt typically worn by men. The other female puts on an XXL business dress trouser typically worn by men. They get on their hands and knees and start shredding the papers. Eventually they make a collage and post it on a wall near the entrance of the gallery. Both females exit.

Club Dojo, Seoul

There are two strips of red fabric attached to two microphone stands in the back of a bar. A female wearing a long black, semi-sheer robe appears from behind a DJ booth. Her head is covered with black fabric. She positions herself behind the strips of red fabric in the center of the microphone stands. Music is played. The female performs different gestures and takes off the robe to reveal a sheer, sequin dress. The female performs other gestures and takes off the sheer, sequin dress. Now she is naked, performing more gestures. When the music ends she pauses, extends her left arm. The DJ tosses the long, black, semi-sheer robe to her. The female puts it on.

Club Myoung Wol Gwon, Seoul

A female wearing a long black semi-sheer robe enters a club, arm in arm with two men. Her head is covered with black fabric. She waits among the audience until the MC introduces her. The female steps on stage. Music is played. The female takes off the robe to reveal a sheer sequin dress and performs gestures. There is a pause in the music. She speaks into a microphone. Music is played. The female takes off the sheer sequin dress and performs more gestures.  There is a pause in the music. She speaks into a microphone. Music is played. The female unwraps the black fabric around her head and runs both hands through her hair several times while making terrible faces at the audience. The music stops. The female collects her belongings and walks off stage.