When You Sexualize Men And Women Equally, It’s Amazing How Much Fun You Can Have

Ingrid Michaelson’s music video for her song “Girls Chase Boys” is a delightfully gender-remixed homage to Robert Palmer’s 1988 music video for “Simply Irresistible.”

What I love most about it is that her background dancers are people of all races and genders, and the camera treats them all equally. It's sexual without being sexist, and the end result is something that feels pretty empowering and straight-up fun.

I want to share with you, in her own words, what Michaelson had to say about the meaning of the song and video because it's just so great (bold emphasis mine):

"Girls Chase Boys started out as a break up song but took on a deeper meaning as I continued writing. More than just being about my experience, its focus shifted to include the idea that, no matter who or how we love, we are all the same.

"The video takes that idea one step further and attempts to turn stereotypical gender roles on their head. Girls don’t exclusively chase boys. We all know this. We all chase each other and in the end we are all chasing after the same thing: love. I hope you enjoy it! AHHH!”

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All the broken hearts in the world still beat

Lets not make it harder than it has to be
Ooooooh it's all the same thing
Girls chase boys chase girls

All the broken hearts in the world still beat
Lets not make it harder than it has to be
Ooooooh it's all the same thing
Girls chase boys chase girls

I'm a little let down, but I'm not dead
There's a little bit more that has to be said
oh oooh
you play me, now I play you, too
Lets just call it over

All the broken hearts in the world still beat
Lets not make it harder than it has to be
Oooooh its all the same thing
Girls chase boys chase girls
Girls chase boys chase girls

Chase girls chase boys chase boys chase girls

Im a little bit home, but I'm not there yet
Its one to forgive but its hard to forget
Don't call me, I won't call you, too
Lets just call it over

All the broken hearts in the world still beat
Lets not make it harder than it has to be
Oooooh it's all the same thing
Girls chase boys chase girls
Girls chase boys chase girls

chase girls chase boys chase boys chase girls

I got two hands one beating heart
And I'll be alright I'm gonna be alright

Yeah I got two hands one beating heart
And I'll be alright, I'm gonna be alright
Gonna be alright

All the broken hearts in the world still beat
Lets not make it harder than it has to be
Oooooh it's all the same thing
Girls chase boys chase girls
Girls chase boys chase girls
Girls chase boys chase girls
Girls chase boys chase girls

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Music video by the wonderful Ingrid Michaelson. Refresh your memory of Robert Palmer's late '80s hit "Simply Irresistible," if you're into that sort of thing. You can listen to "Girls Chase Boys" on repeat on Spotify, or you can download the single or preorder the whole album on iTunes.

This post was co-written by Megan Kelley and Rebecca Eisenberg. Rebecca's face may be at the top of the page, but Megan is pretty cool too (check out her work here).

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