Are Artists Too Sexy?

In today’s gender and media class we read about the issues surrounding “gendered” bodies and representation. Based on these readings, I was asked to offer an example of a specific public person (celebrity, athlete, politician, etc.) and describe how our culture represents their identity and body based on gender, class, race, religion, politics, ethnicity, sexuality, etc. The […]

In today’s gender and media class we read about the issues surrounding “gendered” bodies and representation. Based on these readings, I was asked to offer an example of a specific public person (celebrity, athlete, politician, etc.) and describe how our culture represents their identity and body based on gender, class, race, religion, politics, ethnicity, sexuality, etc.

The part that stuck out to me the most in the reading was MacKinnon’s analysis on mainstream understanding of sexuality. He suggested that while straight men believe they are the masters on sexuality, he believes it is women who are defined by it. What I got out of that was that a man’s ways of thinking ultimately shape the vision of “the perfect woman”. Porno for example places these images and ideas in people’s mind to believe this is what a “real” woman is and that simply isn’t true.

Of course I am going to use Nicki Minaj as an example of this. She is most known for her body, and by body I mean ass. No one really comments on how nice her eyes are, or how pretty her teeth are; majority of the comments are about her behind. I honestly don’t even think people notice her thighs or breast. Anyway this idea of the perfect woman, nice body (great amount of ass, maybe at least C cup breast) and a decent face, is flooding women’s mind to make them believe they aren’t good enough, however it doesn’t only effect women.

Men can also feel this sense of insecurity when all women talk about is how sexy Trey Songz, Chris Brown, or Tyrese’s body looks. Although these men all have really, really, REALLY nice bodies, it also tends to make females think that this is the type of body her man must have. I have spoken to plenty of guys who make comments such as “I have a bird chest” or “I need a man chest” when referring to why they are uncomfortable with taking their shirts off. I believe if people will stop trying to shoot for perfect things would be that much better. Think about it, if you see 20 women and only 5 of them have nice (meaning not flabby) large behinds and the rest don’t, what does that tell you? Everyone can have something beautiful about them if you just stop trying to build a “perfect” woman/man and work with what you have.

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 […]

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,’