As Told By Tegan and Sara's Stop Desire Music Video
Allister Ann directs the ever-so-relatable, Stop Desire by everyone's fave queer duo: Tegan & Sara.
While we're all a bit bummed Tegan and Sara Quinn aren't creating the same grungy alt. rock that they were back in the late '90s/'00s, they've remained the same unapologetically queer and charming twins we'll never fall out of love with.
For their second exclusively pop album, Tegan & Sara have given us an array of singles that make us feel all the feelings. The single up for discussion today, is Stop Desire (Love You to Death).
This song is openly and honestly, lustful for the good old wanton. The pairing of the candid lyrics and upbeat spring-to-summer-to-autumn melody, really makes for the best sex song...ever.
I find myself always detached from overtly (allo)sexual songs -sure they've got a banging rhythm, but ehh awkward I don't relate to these sentiments. But Tegan and Sara always have that special way with words to describe even the raunchiest of experiences as the sweetest.
The music video for Stop Desire is truly all I ever needed.
Here are some of the poignant themes and take-aways that I got from just one viewing of this music video//
The bright, vibrant colors give a new look to the usually "dapper in muted, dark tones, twins". It pairs well with the upbeat-pop melody of the song and highlights T&S's punk edge, by contrast.
With the aforementioned, it is no surprise that the cintematography and propreties of each shot are quite aesthetically pleasing; like watching a Wes Anderson film. The video is subtle at manipulating the aesthetics of each scene and furthermore, increasing the sensuality, sexiness, and charm. The simple layouts, construction, and arrangement make each character and action amplified in a way that reminds us what this song is really about.
Carrying a nonchalance about sex and sensuality, the (not so) sublminial messages and imagery, do not make for anuncomfortable conversation between the artist and the audience. It is normalized in nature and creates room for a healthy dialogue regarding sexual relations and the longing for intimacy.
The boldest move was to gear this video more towards the sensuality around the song, creating a 'lax sexuality that puts ace people at ease. The sexual isthere, but doesn't choke us. It's there if we want it, but if we don't choose it, that's fine too. (sex-positive without promoting rape cuoture or slut shaming! woo!)
Most of the characters in this video are femme presenting. It is a lovely, woman, girl, and/or femme environment that feels inviting. Ah so gay, so nice.
Androgyny and Masculinity
But let's not stop there. Let's talk about the way masculinity is presented in a variety of ways: we see strong women, androgynous women, and non (cis) male masculinity. Even the phallic imagery manages not to be overtly toxic, hetero, or patriarcal. In fact, it becomes quite trans-friendly; inclusive of trans, gender variant bodies, and showcases gender and sexual fluidity.