God's Gift to Women. Analyze song lyrics using two vectors of feminist theory.

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God's Gift to Women

In her song, "God's Gift to Women", Jewel takes an interesting and indirect approach in disparaging popular and chauvinistic views on women's role in heterosexuality. Instead of directly attacking these ideas, she takes a sarcastic route. Her whole song mocks men's beliefs towards women by speaking in the voice of a man's "perfect woman". In my analysis of Jewel's lyrics, I used two vectors of feminist theory; gender and sexuality.

According to Ann Russo, heterosexuality constructs men as dominant over women (Russo, Ch. 6). "God's Gift to Women" confirms the narrow-minded belief that women are men's play things. This message is confirmed in the first few lines of the song.

Would you like to ram your tongue down my throat?

Would you like to grab my thighs?

Yes, I have got nice tits

They are the perfect grab me size

This section is very direct and vulgar.

It plays with the notion that women are overly-sexual and don't deserve respect, because they clearly don't respect themselves. The speaker of these lyrics is using her body parts as her identity and is inviting men to do to her what they please.

This song also jokes about the concept that men are somewhat "holy" and that women aren't complete without the company of a man; the higher being. Women feel honored and excited when a man, any man for that matter, pays attention to her because she is so below him. The title, as well as the chorus, illustrates this conclusion.

I get this tiny little boost of adrenaline

When I think about what I'll be giving

My own private God's gift to women

My own private God's gift to women

My own private God's gift to women

Yeah, yeah...

The speaker expresses excitement...