I’ve noticed something with teen stars that are growing up on stage. They start off bubble gum pop and with one song an artist will “come out of her shell” dressed like a dominatrix. The most recent transformation I’ve seen is Miley Cyrus in her “Can’t Be Tamed” music video. I recently heard Christina Aguilera described as “a very sexual person” after the release of an S&M-like music video, “Not Myself Tonight”. Actually, as I type this, Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro” video is on and it’s an interesting mix of Catholic representation, S&M and a pointy bra much like her predecessor, Madonna (but that’s a different rant). Oh, and it ends in an aggressive orgy. I’m all for artistic expression, but this hyper-sexualized “art” is wreaking havoc on our society in more ways than we care to recognize.
I’ve heard the argument that it is empowering for women to take control of their sexuality by making racy films/music videos, stripping, making porn, prostituting themselves, etc. It’s my opinion that these women have been conditioned to do this and as younger generations observe it they too are being conditioned. I just took part in an online discussion concerning the commercial sexual exploitation of children and there was an overwhelming statistic that a great number of girls/women in the sex industry have experienced childhood sexual abuse. Look at Jenna Jameson, world famous porn star. She is publicly open about being sexually assaulted numerous times. The correlation between her history and career choice is undeniable.
My meager blog entry is hopefully encouragement to you to read further on the subject. Also I’m hopeful that you’ll stand in agreement that this “art” is unacceptable. Books have been written on this, maybe someday, after much more research, I’ll add to the collection. Until then, I would recommend “Female Chauvinist Pigs” by Ariel Levy. I am currently reading “Pornified: How Pornography Is Transforming Our Lives, Our Relationships and Our Families” by Pamela Paul, so I can’t give a good review yet.
Thanks for reading.