“Im Your Doll” FKA Twigs – Isa

In 2015, FKA Twigs released a visual album under the title “M3LL155X”. When I first watched it I remember being surprised by the way she used this album as a form of protest against women’s roles in a patriarchal society. As the video progresses, we follow Twigs through a series of defiant songs. The song that stuck out to me the most was “‘I’m Your Doll”.

The visual album plays this song from 3:20-6:20 and leaves the viewer feeling very uncomfortable and slightly disturbed. In the first 30 seconds of the video, we see a blow up doll inflating in an abyss. The very next image we see is Twigs in the form of this blowup doll laying on a bed before she is sexually abused by a man. Twigs openly questions the sexual objectification of women as the chorus repeats, “I’m your doll / Wind me up / I’m your doll / Dress me up / I’m your doll”. In doing so, she criticizes the submissive nature women are expected to take on in the world of men. In this song, women become an object that can be used and abused at any time.
This song does more than just critique the sexualization of women in a patriarchal society, FKA Twigs expresses the anger that is felt by women in this situation as well. Her haunting voice sings, “You know it drives me crazy / I’m feeling like a loaded gun / And when it’s done I’m the only one”. In addressing the effects of living in an oppressive world, she also creates a sense of violence. Twigs uses this EP, and this song specifically, to intentionally make her viewers uncomfortable. She forces them to address these questions of sexuality in a male-dominated world. 

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  1. I had never heard of this song, nor of FKA Twigs in general, and this piece is going to stick in my mind for a while. The song, separate from the video, comes across as less aggressively condemning of the way women are seen and treated as sexual objects. You said it perfectly when you noted that the video and the song would leave the viewer “feeling very uncomfortable and slightly disturbed.” The most significant part of your analysis, in my eyes, was the way you identified the underlying anger. The sense of violence in this piece feels subtle yet tangible, and I wouldn’t have been able to articulate it before reading your analysis. I wonder how different the experience of this song would be without the music video, though.

  2. Isa,
    I think that you do a great job of analyzing the visual and lyrical components of this song. I especially like how you discuss the amount of anger at play rather than this purely being a critique of male dominated society. I hadn’t thought of that before and the way she is singing doesn’t make that clear but your analysis is definitely spot on. I loove this album and as a whole there is so much that could be talked about! A question I have is: what role do you think the production plays on this album? I’m a big fan of Boots (same producer who did Beyonce’s self titled) and I feel like for some reason his production style lends itself well to not only these styles of music but to these issues.

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