Jennifer Lopez's Hokey 'Ain't Your Mama' Video Attacks the Patriarchy

Jennifer Lopez promotes wage equality, confronts workplace sexual harassment and rebels against domesticity in the most overwrought way possible in the music video for her feminist anthem “Ain’t Your Mama.”


I believe the thesis of this five-minute corporate-feminist-y exploration of gender dynamics for a song that definitely has the cloying stamp of a thing co-written by Meghan Trainor is that J. Lo has achieved immortality. It includes an homage to Network, and ends with her dancing in the street with an awesome mob of denim-clad women a la “Can’t Hold Us Down” while wearing those crazy-high Manolo Blahnik boots designed by Rihanna.

Cool fact: The song is produced by Dr. Luke.

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Culture Editor, Jezebel

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Violet Baudelaire

I feel uncomfortably pandered to.

Not to mention that she’s basically reinforcing shitty paradigms still - like, okay, saying she won’t do these things for you because she’s not your mother suggests that it IS the job of a mother to do all of these things for you, and that fathers aren’t supposed to cook or clean or care for kids. I mean... there is a reason why this song isn’t “ain’t your parent”.