Women Representations on Glass Ceiling Portrayed in "The Man" Lyric Video

Women Representations on Glass Ceiling Portrayed in "The Man" Lyric Video

Probably the glass ceiling phrase is not quite familiar to us. So, let me elaborate it briefly. Buckle up, everyone! 

From the Cambridge Dictionary, the glass ceiling phrase can be detailed as "limit that is unofficial but understood which prevents someone, especially a woman, from advancing to a top position in a company or organization." 

It is obvious that women find it hard to promote themselves for just being themselves. They have to work harder, often to enforce using their "logic," being a feeler or judger on issues, you name it. 

There is one famous, top-selling novel by Sarah Cooper called "How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's Feelings: Non-threatening Leadership Strategies for Women" hints women who are running a company, being an employer, etc., and still got negative views from their male friends. Men think that female workers are too sensitive, controlling, and abrasive. Otherwise, men are the more capable, perfect, and visible in the corporate world. These stereotypes need to be replaced by letting women, at least a fresh air, start what they believe. The stigma won't sit clearly. It is observed in gender, social status, better education, cis-gendered, and heterosexuals are more likely to get an easier pass without much effort to higher positions.

The Man Lyric Video


Illustration 1.  from The Man (Lyric Video) uploaded on February 8, 2020

The Man, the fourth track in the Lover album, has slammed sexist environments in everyday living. Taylor Swift, one of the best lyricists of this century, wrote the song to shine on self-movement in our work field, especially for women. It was different from other tracks that Swift put a love-and-admire on someone. She gives two unique videos of this enlightenment critique: one is a lyric video, the other is Swift's transformation into a man named Tyler Swift. 

At first, the tiny lady figures appeared, then walking ahead to the office. Hold on. Can you spot strange things around us? The black sharp suit lady is the one who is tiny there while the men are three-more-sized than her -more like giant effigies though have sensory and motoric. That proves where women's involvement is invisible.   

In 0:21 - 0:25 sets, the lady stepped on by men proceeding towards her, but she sped up to a building in front of her fearlessly. 

"I'm so sick of running as fast as I can, wondering if I'd get there quicker if I was a man," Swift sings. "And I'm so sick of them coming at me again, 'cause if I was a man, then I'd be the man."

The outstanding chorus of the song describes how sick of the toxic masculinity in the work sector. Not only that, the double standard for women straight thickens openly too. Men have power, neither do women. The stereotypes among men require them to be rational, can create the right decisions, and be natural leaders.

It is a fact that men's roles dominate the industry. Although women can have a part, they still can't excel their uniqueness easily; and the worst case, women only have legal "feminine positions" offered by office executives. 

Final Thoughts

We might have seen those kinds of degrading oneself to be the best in office. We know that the glass ceiling refers to upper-level job opportunities that have proven to be inaccessible to a large number of minorities and women. Women stereotypically nurture to raise children, cook, prepare dinner, and other domestic work fields. On the other hand, men are supposed to be a leader, an aggressive one, and compete with other companies. 

Hence, let women and minorities take their action to succeed, assist, and grow together to advance the company so that we live on with togetherness and multiculturalism.


Glass ceiling phrase definition, Cambridge Dictionary.

Glass Ceiling, Gita Savitri’ YouTube Video.

How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's Feelings: Non-threatening Leadership Strategies for Women, Sarah Cooper. 

The Man Lyric Video, Taylor Swift. 

Writer: Firly Nur Aliifah 

Editor: Hasna Fatina