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The boy is mine! You need to give it up, had about enough….” Conflict!

This song rocked in those days. Don’t know if guys ever enjoyed it, I was only a child and all I knew is ladies liked it a lot and fantasized about it; I could tell by the blush on their faces. What I don’t understand is how any of the conflict based words in the lyrics could gain cognition or support from any focused woman. Look at the words below for example :

[Brandy] – See I tried to hesitate,
I didn’t want to say what he told me.
He said without me
he couldn’t make it through the day,
ain’t that a shame.

[Monica] – And maybe you misunderstood,
Plus I can’t see how he could
wanna take his time and that’s all good.
All of my love was all it took

Jeez! This is pure desperation. Or am I being biased? If it’s clear the man is playing games, he’s not worth a second of your time! What were Brandy and Monica thinking?! And to think my aunties thought it was awesome then! Is there more to it than meets my eye?

I’ve written a musical drama, and had to write most of the song lyrics, but I can’t see how credible such lyrics would be if two responsible ladies were made to argue like this, especially when the logical thing to do is let the man go or something –not accosting the other lady! This can’t even work as a twist, except you want to devalue women in the eyes of the audience. Any idea on how this could work? Or is that the twist? Devaluing women in the eyes of the audience?

In this pro-feminist day, I’m not sure male writers would even want to venture into such scheme, probably because of all the accompanying troubles that come with writing such anti-feminist characters. It appears…politics and religion aren’t the only sensitive topics of discussion. When a movie is about politics, it becomes a controversial hit! When a movie is about religion, same. What the heck?! I’m aiming for the hit, and (secretly) wouldn’t mind tarnishing the image of women doing so. Maybe that’s what Brandy and Monica were thinking. Maybe that’s what made the song so successful. Can’t say about what my aunties thought, though.

Is this what they mean by conflict? Every scene must have a conflict; every story must have a number of conflicts. I think I finally get.

Or am I getting it all wrong? I think not!

Isedehi Aigbogun, also known as ISD, is a staunch academic, holding a B.A., M.A., and PhD (in view) in English Language.

She’s a Screenwriter, Screenplay Analyst, Consultant, and Film Scriptic.

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