Billie Eilish ended her sophomore album with the song “Male Fantasy”. The lyrics touch on conflicting feelings with the male gaze and a breakup. It’s a light, soft song, full of emotion—the perfect way to end happier than ever — and it’s got Eilish fans talking about its meaning since its debut. Here’s what the singer had to say about the song.
Billie Eilish wanted to write a song about ‘how stupid and unreal porn is’
The first verse of “Male Fantasy” goes: “Home alone, trying not to eat, distracting myself with pornography, I hate the way she looks at me. I can’t stand the dialogue.” Maybe, she’ll never be satisfied. It’s a male fantasy. I’m going back for therapy.”
The song was inspired by Eilish’s ideas about pornography.
“The other day I was talking about how stupid and unreal porn is so much of the time,” she said in an interview with Stormzy vice president. “How unrealistic, anti-feminine, and utterly ridiculous the porn world is. I decided it was actually a really good idea for a song to honestly talk about pornography because it’s an uncomfortable thing to talk about.” Pornography can make you feel violated and good at the same time and that conversation turned into song. It was hard to write because we wanted it to be as revealing as possible.”
‘Male Fantasy’ also draws from Billie Eilish’s own life
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“Male Fantasy” is also a deeply personal song for the new blonde singer.
“It’s hard to be vulnerable and honest and open about my life right now,” she said. “I find it very easy to write about my past and how I used to feel and to find a new perspective on what happened to me, to get myself out of a situation. I usually write about it.” Don’t write what I’m going through at the moment because it’s hard to process. So it was also about saying how I felt. It was hard and satisfying and revealing and revealing and also incredibly laxative. “
What fans are saying about ‘Male Fantasy’
under a Youtube video Eilish performed “Male Fantasy” live, with fans weighing their thoughts.
“Unpopular opinion: This is one of the best songs on the album,” wrote one fan. However, this take might not be so unpopular, as the comment garnered 1.5K likes.
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Other fans applauded the singer’s remarks about pornography.
One YouTube user commented, “Wow, that first verse hits hard.” “I’ve honestly never heard anyone criticize malpractice in the porn industry like this, and I’ve never heard a topic brought up by big stars like her. Seeing that sh*t as a young girl, it Affects you. This song is so heartwarming; I really hope she finds peace.”
And other fans appreciate parts of the song about the breakup, as well as the growth that Eilish has shown as an artist.
One person wrote, “This is one of the most mature songs ever written, the harsh truth about toxic relationships and lost love.” “No matter what you did to each other, some of you still love them. Beautiful performance and a great way to complete the album too!”