Excuse Me Missy, But Female Artists Aren’t Allowed To Be Sexy

In this week’s class, there were three very distinct areas represented: female identity through Missy Elliott; representation of lesbians and the lesbian body in the 1990s; and reality television and issues of class then relate  the specific article you are focusing on to what we noticed in our everyday lives. I choose the article where Sellen wrote how about Missy Elliott was creating a new type of female identity in our culture.

This week’s reading mentioned that the viewers of music television stations, such as MTV and VH1, have reported to watch these types of television stations to learn about current trends. Which I believe because a lot of the time whatever your favorite artist is doing is going to be something you will want to experiment with. That being said artists are able to create an identity for themselves that may or may not be different from their actually personality. With this they are able to influence their fans on how they should dress, think, and act.

One female music artist I picked that is creating an identity in our culture is Pink. She is not your average R&B female artist; in fact I don’t think there is even a specific type of music you could associate with Pink. Her music is more of a fuse between pop and punk. She is one of the first female artists to come out with such a strong demeanor and not one person really question her sexuality or make a big deal of it. Of all the years I have listened to Pink I have never once wondered whether or not she was gay, it never even crossed my mind. However, with artists such as Missy Elliott there have been many questions about her sexuality. This blog post actually made me look up Pink’s sexuality and yet there was no clear cut answer, which I loved! I think this quote by Pink sums up every question you have about her:

‘I’ve never felt the need to. I still don’t. It’s just like how everyone’s like, “Well, what kind of music do you do?”’ And I’m like, “I don’t. I just do it.” ‘And f**k it, if you can’t understand it, I’m a mystery bag,’

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