Jennifer Lopez ‘Ain’t Your Mama’ Explained (Hidden).

 

Ain’t Your Mama” is a song recorded by American entertainer Jennifer Lopez for her upcoming ninth studio album. The song was released on April 7, 2016 .The song has percussion, drums, minimal synths and a Latin beat in its main instrumentation.(wiki)

“Ain’t Your Mama,” in fact, was written by Meghan Trainor for Lopez and epitomizes women’s empowerment  with Trainor and Beyonce. All three of the artists have released songs that give a firm “no” to men who enforce glass ceilings, expect cooking and cleaning, or try too aggressively to pick girls up at bars.

When music video opens you see how the woman has been captured being surrounded by  challenges but she ventures,coming out jaded,she notices an announcement on the t.v.

Chorus

While most of the chorus is repetitive of itself, Lopez does make clear the thesis of what the rest of her song will be about. She sings, “I ain’t gon’ be cooking all day. I ain’t your mama / I ain’t gon’ do your laundry. I ain’t your mama.” Apart from repeating, “I ain’t your mama,” several more times, Lopez also asks, “When you gon’ get your act together?”

What men should get to know is that they should not expect women to assume the traditional roles of being housewives.

First Verse

Wake up, rise and shine, ah-yeah-yeah-yeah
Let’s get to work on time, ah-yeah-yeah-yeah
No more playing video games, ah-yeah-yeah-yeah
Things are about to change, ’round here, ’round here

 She wants her boyfriend/husband to stop sleeping in, to get a job, to quit being lazy, and to know that she’s holding higher standards for him.

Pre-Chorus

We used to be crazy in love
Can we go back to how it was?
When did you get too comfortable?
Cause I’m too good for that, I’m too good for that
Just remember that, hey

When a man first meets a lady and they decide to date,men act the gentleman’s way,after sometime men think that the lady is there to serve him.Lopez tells the man ‘she can get comfortable more and be less caring’

Second Verse

Lucky to have these curves, ah-yeah-yeah-yeah
Stop getting on my nerves, ah-yeah-yeah-yeah
You still tryna ride this train? Ah-yeah-yeah-yeah
Cause some things have gotta change, ’round here, ’round here

The second verse mirrors the first verse ‘lucky to have those curves implies of their physical relationship,and he must stop this annoying habits but at the end of it all he wants their relationship to work out well.

Jennifer Lopez is using “Ain’t Your Mama” to tell a deadbeat boyfriend/husband that he’s not treating her right and that she’s worthwhile and worth him putting effort into their relationship and life together. The direction of the relationship is now up to the guy.

Music Video.

The meaning of “Ain’t Your Mama” is fairly straightforward, but the music video confuses things. The music video contains several versions of Jennifer Lopez transposed into different settings where women aren’t treated equally to men: a 1950’s kitchen, a 1960’s office, a 1970’s factory,

and a 1980’s executive boardroom but this is not the case in Africa that’s why at some point she sits on a table with a UN logo above her head .

Another version of Lopez, to a background audio clip of Hillary Clinton demanding women’s rights, calls all the others to action and to open up the window and yell, “I ain’t yo’ mamma!”

The video’s finale is Jennifer Lopez leading a squad of empowered women into the street and following her in an intense and well-choreographed dance.

 

And there are three odd things that I’d like to point out here:

  1. Almost everything Lopez wears in the video is highly sexualized. By wearing these costumes while telling men off, it’s as though she’s claiming that women can derive power from their sexiness and their ability to keep their own bodies away from men who want it so badly. 
  2. Lopez sings that she won’t do cooking, cleaning, or menial work for this deadbeat guy because she ain’t his mama, but in the music video, she’s refusing to do it for a husband-figure and her “employers.” Lopez doesn’t make clear if this was intentional, but the combination of song and video works as an insult to stay-at-home mothers. Singing that she’s “too good for that” while mopping the floor or typing as a secretary belittles the roles that other women and men have played while doing similar things. Whether Lopez means this explicitly or not, this is the experience watching the music video gives. At best, it’s a fatal oversight. At worst, it’s offensive.

Taken by itself, the song, while lacking originality (the lyrics just sound like “Dear Future Husband”), carries a positive theme. The music video, however, ruins much of what could have been a good thing. 

THOSE ARE MY THOUGHTS, AND I KNOW I ARGUE BLUNTLY, BUT I’D STILL LIKE TO HEAR YOUR PERSPECTIVE. I STARTED WRITING THIS POST PLANNING TO ARGUE AGAINST THE SONG TOO, BUT THEN REALLY STUDIED THE LYRICS AND NOTICED I WAS WRONG ABOUT THEM, SO I’M OPEN TO DISCUSSION OR ANYTHING HELPFUL YOU MIGHT HAVE TO SAY. PLEASE SHARE. I WANT TO HEAR YOU.

  All lyrics explanations are purely my opinion and interpretation of the lyrics, and thus should not be construed as fact.

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