The Knife – A Tooth For An Eye

Rather than just purely focusing on the music itself, this one’s for all the gender study individuals and aware masses of male and female stereotypes and confines.

Swedish electronic duo, The Knife, have released the official video for “A Tooth For An Eye” and man is it socially aware on gender roles. De-constructing the cultural system of dominant masculinity, this video produces an unexpected leader, a female child, who leads a group of  men in a dance routine supremely “feminine”. It strips them of the societal norms associated with what it means to be masculine and places them in an environment they are clearly unfamiliar with…an environment in which a female child leads.

It is truly eye-opening and awe-inspiring seeing an electronic duo bring to light a video clip so far from the usual associations of house/electronic videos.


“A Tooth For An Eye” is the opener to Shaking The Habitual, a 98-minute long-player due in April,  and comes accompanied by a manifesto explaining its apparent dismantling of gender roles:

“A Tooth For An Eye” deconstructs images of maleness, power and leadership. Who are the people we trust as our leaders and why? What do we have to learn from those we consider inferior? In a sport setting where one would traditionally consider a group of men as powerful and in charge, an unexpected leader emerges. A child enters and allows the men to let go of their hierarchies, machismo and fear of intimacy, as they follow her into a dance. Their lack of expertise and vulnerability shines through as they perform the choreography. Amateurs and skilled dancers alike express joy and a sense of freedom; There is no prestige in their performance. The child is powerful, tough and sweet all at once, roaring “I’m telling you stories, trust me”. There is no shame in her girliness, rather she possesses knowledge that the men lost a long time ago