What’s Sex Got To Do With… God Making Girls?

Growing up women have been told that they need to take care of the men in their lives by cooking, cleaning, and doing whatever they need. After decades of women doing this they finally started working and becoming independent. So wouldn’t you think times would change? I guess not according to a song that has recently hit the charts called God Made Girls by Raelynn.

Looking into the lyrics Raelynn says:

Somebody’s gotta wear a pretty skirt,

Somebody’s gotta be the one to flirt,

Somebody’s gotta wanna hold his hand so God Made Girls

Somebody’s gotta make him get dressed up,

Give him a reason to wash that truck,

Somebody’s gotta teach him how to dance,

So God made girls.

He needed something soft and loud and sweet and proud

But tough enough to break a heart

Something beautiful and breakable that lights up in the dark

So God made girls, God made girls

He stood back and told the boys, “I’m ’bout to rock your world.”

And God made girls (for singing in your front seat)

God made girls (for dancin’ to our own beat)

He stood back and told the boys, “I’m ’bout to rock your world.”

And God made girls.

The thing is from the title of the song you would think it is going to be an empowering song about and for men. Yet once you look at the lyrics and listen to the song it depicts that women/girls are here in the world to please men/boys.

This topic can be related into Kristen Barber’s article called Sex and Power. In the article Dworkin argued, “hetero-sex is a mechanism by which men dominate women” (NSS 45). Dworkin continues to say, “that women are expected to say ‘yes’ to sex because they are expected to be compliant and to fulfill the man’s ‘implicit right’ to get laid regardless of the woman’s desire” (NSS 45). Also in this article, “Califia argues that under conditions of male dominance women’s sexuality is limited. Women may have less freedom to explore, discover, and play with their own desires and pleasures, but they are not completely powerless” (NSS 45). This fits this song because the song talks about God making women for men and this article talks about men having dominance over women.

3 thoughts on “What’s Sex Got To Do With… God Making Girls?

  1. Gosh dang this song and video are awful. Not only do the lyrics reinforce a heteronormative ideology and gender binaries but, as you pointed out, they also reinforce the concept of male authority and dominance. Basically, “God made girls” in relation to men–to function around them, to exist for them. Outside of the lyrics, the video for the song throws gender stereotypes in our face with the frilly pink color scheme and abundance of flowers. But more than that, the video is clearly directed at a very specific target audience: white females. I couldn’t help but wonder, did God only make girls that look like the ones in the video? What about the rest of us? I guess the silver lining is that girls that look like me don’t get grouped into this gendered stereotype.

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  2. Yikes! What a terrible thing to teach young girls! I for one was taught that God made PEOPLE (not just girls) to be partners in a relationship. I guess if you ignore the historical context in which the Christian Bible was written it would be easy to say that God did indeed make girls to be subservient beings, but then again, it was written by men for men in a male dominated society so I tend to believe that God, (in whose image ALL people of ALL races are made) probably did not intend for society to favor one gender, race or sexuality over another. Why are there only white women performing exceptionally gendered activities such as ballet and twirling in circles for no apparent reason? I’m a girl, but I play rugby. Did God not make me because I’m not like the girls in the video.

    I really wish you would have explicated the Barber article a little more. What historical and religious implications are being blindly accepted by this video and lyrics?

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    • @destinynlagarce Great points! I would also love to read more explication on Barber’s article. Because this is a concept analysis post, @kendalleshaw wasn’t expected to do that work in this post. But–and here’s a BIG WINK at y’all–I hope someone does decide to explicate the article in an engaging assignment post. The article is so rich!

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