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Unformatted text preview: MODULE 4 LAB REPORT SUMMARY The song “If I Were a Boy” by Beyoncé is an example of a modern myth of gender roles. The song encompasses the story of what the singer, Beyoncé, would do and how she would treat the woman she loved if she were a man and the roles were reversed. The song starts out by stating what Beyoncé would do if she were a boy for a day. Her day would start with her rolling out of bed, and then going to get a beer with her buddies. She would sleep with whoever she wanted and it wouldn’t matter because her friends would stick up for her. The next stanza is the chorus, and Beyoncé says she would be a better boyfriend and actually listen to her girlfriend and not take her for granted. Beyoncé then sings that she would lie about her phone and say it was broken so she could sleep with whoever she wanted. She would make her own rules and only look out for herself. After the second chorus, she sings that it is too late to save the relationship and she isn’t waiting around for some guy who was unfaithful. The song ends when Beyoncé says he will never understand because he’s just a boy, he doesn’t listen, he doesn’t care if he hurts her, he took her for granted and now everything is ruined. ANALYSIS This song is an example of a myth of gender roles because it encompasses a woman who is singing about being a man for a day, the opposite of feminine. Beyoncé also reflects on the cultural attitude towards men and how they are considered the dominant or more important sex. She is calling men out for their lack of respect and loyalty to the woman they are with, revealing the true nature of men and not a stereotypical Prince Charming image. Compared to the O dyssey , “If I Were a Boy” contains many of the same ideas about men having much more freedom in their lives. It was the n orm for men to cheat on their wives and be with others in Odysseus' day and age, and this is still seen in a song that came out only a few years ago. Odysseus can sleep with others, like Calypso, throughout his journey, but Penelope is expected to mourn the loss of her husband and then choose a husband from her many suitors. The cultural truth­value of a double standard is a very big theme in the Odyssey as well as this song. T here is this idea in society that women must always look presentable and be more put together than men. Beauty often means more than intelligence, and a women’s purpose in life is to find a man. I do think this idea is changing as society becomes more progressive and women are doing everything that men do, however it still exists. Beyoncé sings that if she were a boy she would “throw on what I wanted and go.” This simple line illustrates an ease and carelessness that women cannot show unless they want to be considered sloppy or undesirable. Penelope stresses the importance of looks when she says “all of my excellence, my beauty and figure, were ruined by the immortals at that time when the Argives took ship for Ilion, and with them went my husband.” Penelope describes her excellence as being her body and her looks, nothing about her personality, and shows her reliance on her husband for a happy and fulfilling life. The double standard that women face is still a big problem in today’s society, and if women are not seen as being feminine, and taking care of a house or kids, problems and discrimination arise. “If I Were a Boy” also relates to the cultural truth­value of homophrosune, or like­mindedness. The video lectures discussed how Odysseus and Penelope were the perfect match for each other because they were so similar. They both had cunning and wit and used those talents to elicit sympathy and gifts and get what they wanted from people. This perfect marriage was not common in ancient Greece, and still is not today, but it is something that everyone strives for. Beyoncé sings about “when you lose the one you wanted” which shows that not all relationships are like Penelope and Odysseus’ marriage. Beyoncé sings about a relationship that is not ideal, but if she could be a boy she would create a perfect, or ideal relationship. Beyoncé states “I’d listen to her” illustrating one way she would be a better man, and hopefully obtain the homophrosune that Odysseus and Penelope have. At the end of the song, Beyoncé breaks a gender “norm” and stands up for herself and ends the relationship because she deserves better. She sings, “If you thought I would wait for you, you thought wrong” showing that women do hold power over men and can have a say in the relationship. The story of Aphrodite relates to this song because the goddess had immense power over all of the other gods due to her beauty and allure. The Classical Mythology textbook describes Aphrodite as having “devastating beauty.” Zeus himself was attracted to Aphrodite, so he punished her by making her fall in love with a mortal. Beyoncé relates to the goddess because both hold power over men. It may be sexual power, but women do have a great deal of power over men. The title itself addresses the idea of gender roles, “If I Were a Boy”, showing that men and women are not the same and are not held to the same standards. Beyoncé states repeatedly throughout the song “I swear I’d be a better man.” The idea that each gender should have specific roles in society and you cannot break from those roles is harmful and unrealistic. The song “If I Were a Boy” illustrates the myth of gender roles, and proves that gender is not black or white, or right or wrong. References Module 4­ Penelope video lecture, Aphrodite notes Odyssey ­ Book 19 pg. 285 Classical Mythology pgs. 197­198 ...
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