I shared my thoughts on the Goldieblox saga in a forum and thought it might be worth sharing with a wider audience as there seems to be some ambiguity about how to consider the issue as a feminist. There are many worthwhile arguments on the topic - here’s mine:
The Beasties don’t allow their work to be used for commercial purposes. Punkt. As artists, it’s their right to decide that. As the video is an ad, it’s not an issue of freedom of speech - it’s an issue of furthering corporate interests. Goldieblox could have found another track to parody/play off the broad cultural awareness of, from musicians who allow their work to be used commercially and licensed it - whether by old school or CC methods. They didn’t. Supporting artists and their rights, whether they be big or small is imperative to protecting a culture where people can support themselves from their creative output and aren’t taken advantage of. Allowing people to disregard the wishes of creators because we judge their cause to be important is a very slippery slope and in my mind, stands directly against empowerment of the individual and the collective good (aka - what feminism is fighting for).
If I can find more time, I’ll expand on my take on feminism within a capitalist society.