CLIP FROM BILLBOARD.COM
Pop artist Dorian Electra has always been a critic of the way our society talks about gender. Through many of their videos and songs, Electra has pointed out time and time again that gender is nothing but a construct and that the different ways society interacts with gender can be dangerous and harmful.
Electra continued their work of educating the people with their new video for “Man to Man,” which effortlessly handles the complex subject of toxic masculinity. Throughout the video, Electra appears onscreen depicting different variations of “real men”; the star dresses as a boxer, a knight, a street fighter, a matador and many other archetypes.
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But the lyrics Electra sings point out the inherent ridiculousness of our concept of “manliness.” While dressed as stereotypically macho men, Electra asks the men listening whether or not they are truly as hardened as they claim to be. “Are you bad enough to soften up?/ Are you tough enough to open up?” Electra asks.
The “Career Boy” singer has been busy as of late. Along with preparing their highly anticipated debut album for release in 2019, Electra just hosted and performed alongside artists like Charli XCX and Allie X at The Billy Ball, a fundraising concert for musician Billy Clayton, who is battling a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer.
Directed by DORIAN ELECTRA & WESTON ALLEN Produced by DORIAN ELECTRA & ALEX HIDALGO Cinematography by TAYLOR RUSS Production Design by MOOD KILLER Assistant Director & Line Producer LYNN HONG On Set Photographer JULIAN BUCHAN & LANCE WILLIAMS Styled by DORIAN ELECTRA Edited by WESTON ALLEN Coloring by TAYLOR RUSS Costume Pieces Provided by THE HOUSE OF MANN Styling Team CHESTER LOCKHART, BRANDEN RUIZ, CALEB DAVIS Makeup, Hair & SFX Makeup by SAMUEL STEVEN & CALVIN CHAN Choreography by IRONSTONE Dancers IRONSTONE, JULIENNE MACKEY, LORENZO EDWARDS, KEVIN ZAMBRANO Starring DORIAN ELECTRA & JULIAN TAYLOR Featuring TOKEYO PETERSON, MATT PALMER, ERIC CROSS, BRANDEN RUIZ, LOGAN SHOOK, MOOD KILLER, CALEB DAVIS, ANNABELLE MAGINNIS, SAMUEL STEVEN Song Written by DORIAN ELECTRA & SOCIAL CHAIR Song Produced by SOCIAL CHAIR Gaffers DUSTIN SUPENCHECK, RILEY DONAVAN, TAYLOR FRONTIER Assistant Camera OLIVIA FRESHWATER, JOE ASHI Grips LANCE WILLIAMS, AUSTIN SWAIN G/E Provided by CINEMA CYPHER Camera Provided by WILLIAM CHRISTENSEN Fashion Consultant PIERRE-LOUIS AUVRAY Art Department & Production Assistants MARSHALL TAYLOR, CHESTER LOCKHART, KEVIN GROSSMAN, MEGAN MANTIA, JOHNNY WILSON, BRANDEN RUIZ, NATALIE ZAROWNY, LILY LETIGRE, LOGAN SHOOK, JOSE RAMIREZ, CALEB DAVIS, ANNABELLE MAGINNIS, CALVIN CHAN, & ERIC CROSS Special Thanks to THE CASTLE, ANTHONY & ALEX, JUSTIN MORAN, HARRIET RAYMOND, RUDY, LUCY FLEUR, THE HOUSE OF MANN, PIERRE-LOUIS AUVRAY, CAMILA SALDARRIAGA, JOHN MILLER, & LILI SOTO