‘Who Runs the World – Girls’

That beautiful, quaint little ditty by a certain female the tabloid press love to loathe, and seem to love to love, in disparagingly equal measures. That now infamous parable of our time, in which the world has come to realise it is women, who of course, undoubtedly ‘run the world’. Who knew that when five little words are repeated 46 trillion times, within a joyously radio-friendly three minutes all of society’s irks and qualms with gender relations would finally be righted.

Sometimes one is provoked to believe that facts can indeed prove anything. So let us fearlessly approve such preposterous musings:

  • Of 1.2 billion people living in poverty worldwide, 70% are women (Where are these men, that should be ‘keeping’ said women?)
  • Women own around only 1% of the world’s land
  • Women are 2/3 of the 1 billion+ illiterate adults who have no access to basic education (Yet consistently outperform ‘boys’ in the ‘Western education systems’)
  • Only 21% of all news subjects (people interviewed or whom the news is about) are female
  • Women do two-thirds of the world’s work but receive only 10% of the world’s income (And that is because ‘a woman’s work is never done’, mainly because they are ‘always’ shopping)

[*Facts provided/stolen from http://www.internationalwomensday.com/facts.asp; ridiculous bracketing ‘(…)’ by yours truly]

Too many numbers, too many ‘facts’, too many words. How can one keep up with the disturbed theme of this article in which the ridiculing of a ‘pop’ song is segued into a series of ‘hardcore’ truths? What am I trying to say? Who will ever know? We can cut apart our “five little words”. ‘Girls’ are what we are talking about…the playground menace that she once was. Yet we question the position of ‘women’ in our society today. Equality is a value we can strive for, right? Does it really matter what or who we are? Quite simply, No. But it does matter where we are coming from.

As our Barbadian Beauty™, perhaps prophesises (*alliteration overload) about our dear future, we can return to our immediate disjuncture. Can a song solve society’s ills? When the monotony of mediocrity drives another to commit the ultimate of sins, and purchase a tune in the iTunes Top 10 Singles Chart, yes. Mundanity will drive us all to insanity. Yet why (un-)neatly, bear warning about the demise of music that has something to say to the world, rather than buy into an apparently-musical interlude based on an uninformed lie? Probably ‘cos I’m single, or summink.

I’m off to buy something popular, and cry.