Watch the entire 40-minute documentary.
Why are women’s minds and bodies under so much scrutiny?
That’s the question Charli XCX is looking to answer in her new 40-minute documentary titled “The F Word & Me” which premiered Tuesday (Nov. 24) on BBC 3.
Charli, who’s written songs for Iggy Azalea, Rihanna, Gwen Stefani and Selena Gomez, sought out women’s opinions during her time on tour this year. The 23-year-old spoke with Ryn Weaver, Jack Antonoff, Marina Diamandis and more about feminism.
“Female musicians are still in the minority. I think it’s important to stand up and be counted, and there are plenty of other women here who feel the same way,” she said.
During part of the doc, XCX details her love of Rihanna’s violent “Bitch Better Have My Money,” a visual where Rihanna tortures a banker who fucked with her bank account.
“I know lots of people have had a big problem with this video, and the use of violence against women in pop videos can feel really disturbing, but I think this film speaks to a bigger story,” XCX said. “Rihanna is dismantling society’s idea of what a pop star should be, i.e. perfect, polished and usually white … It’s a revenge fantasy, it’s a beautiful piece of art, but it’s also a powerful statement of intent: You can’t push me around, and you can’t make me be what I want.
“I make my own decisions, good and bad, and to me, that’s what feminism is all about.”
Watch the entire doc below: