American Harem

American Harem emulates mainstream music videos in which women are objectified and very sexualized. However, it is a role reversal where men in skimpy track running shorts and uniforms play the usual role of the women. The central male figure, who is usually referred to as the “pimp” or “player” and surrounded by numerous women, is instead a Middle Eastern woman in veil attire. Through her words and performance in this role she is all empowered as the men dance for her. The aim is to playfully deconstruct preconceived notions of submissive sexuality. This suggests that perhaps there is empowerment in the modesty of Middle Eastern culture, which Western mainstream media both lacks and misrepresents.