Ariana Grande: Positions

Ariana Grande: Positions

Given the timing of its release – it’s 11 days, in case you need reminding, until America goes to the polls – and the accompanying video, you would be forgiven for thinking Ariana Grande’s Positions is a direct statement about the upcoming elections, in the vein of Demi Lovato’s coruscating Commander in Chief.

After all, the video features the 27-year-old singer as US president, chairing cabinet meetings, holding press conferences and walking dogs on the White House lawn – and she makes some fine political jabs. The meeting she chairs features a distinctly more diverse cabinet than has ever existed in the White House; from the imagery, you could derive a general message that a woman could do a better job than the current incumbent; she hands out medals to postal workers, whose service Trump has been hampering.

 

 

The overall thrust is that society expects women to multitask in a way that men are not expected to – we see Grande covertly swigging from a bottle of wine as she attempts to balance her working life with her duties in the kitchen. If you were inclined, you could draw a parallel with Arlie Hochschild and Anne Machung’s study of attitudes to gender divisions in the household, The Second Shift.

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Official “positions” Lyrics:

Heaven sent you to me
I’m just hoping I don’t repeat history

Boy I’m tryna meet your mama
on a Sunday
Then make a lotta love
on a Monday
Never need no
No one else, babe
‘Cause I’ll be

Switching them positions for you
Cooking in the kitchen and I’m in the bedroom
I’m in the Olympics way I’m jumping through hoops
Know my love infinite nothing I wouldn’t do
That I won’t do, switching for

Perfect, perfect
You’re too good to be true
But I get tired of running
Fuck it, now I’m running with you (with you)

Said boy I’m tryna meet your mama
on a Sunday
Then make a lotta love
on a Monday
Never need no
No one else babe
‘Cause I’ll be

 

 

Switching them positions for you
Cooking in the kitchen and I’m in the bedroom
I’m in the Olympics way I’m jumping through hoops
Know my love infinite nothing I wouldn’t do
That I won’t do, switching for you
Cooking in the kitchen and I’m in the bedroom
I’m in the Olympics way I’m jumping through hoops
Know my love infinite nothing I wouldn’t do
That I won’t do, switching for you

This some shit that I
Usually don’t do
But for you I kinda
Kinda want to
Cause youre down for me
And I’m down too
Yeah I’m down too
Switching the positions for you

This some shit that I
Usually don’t do
But for you I kinda
Kinda want to
Cause youre down for me
And I’m down too

Switching them positions for you
Cooking in the kitchen and I’m in the bedroom
I’m in the Olympics way I’m jumping through hoops
Know my love infinite nothing I wouldn’t do
That I won’t do, switching for you
Cooking in the kitchen and I’m in the bedroom
I’m in the Olympics way I’m jumping through hoops
Know my love infinite nothing I wouldn’t do
That I won’t do, switching for you