In pop star diva world, the competition is on as to who can identify the skimpiest accessory to wear and become the ultimate male fantasy. There’s something for every man’s desire; the housewife, the she-wolf, the inmate, the rock star and the sex slave/uber woman (this last Kelis video would be ok if only they had skipped the scene with the Siberian huskies drooling over her naked body? I mean wtf??)
The saddest thing is that, with the possible exception of Rihanna, these ladies can all sing. It’s not even the case of using sex to sell a talentless artist.
Perhaps it’s slightly hypocritical, but I don’t necessarily mind nudity in videos. The naked body (male or female) is beautiful, and to expose it artistically and sensually can in my opinion be stimulating, in the same way that for example a well-written poem can be. It can pull on your heart-strings that is, rather than any other strings! For example Badu’s video or D’angelo’s, were to me actually quite beautiful because they are simply celebrating nudity naturally and creatively.
It’s the over-sexualization of women’s nature, the association with slavery, the discourtesy to Eros vis-a-vis the respect to the Hugh Hefner’s of the world, that to me is dangerously dis-empowering and completely unnecessary.
Anyhow, judging by the latest videos, which all look very similar, here’s my pop star wishlist:
- Black lipstick for achieving that sadomasochistic look
- Alternative materials to wear as clothes, such as rope or cable wire.
- Chains or duct tape or anything else to achieve that slave or a prisoner look
- A female friend to make out with, not because I’m homosexual, but because it turns men on
Am I forgetting something? An apron to wear on top of my underwear maybe?
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Hi! I’m Minna Salami. I’m a writer, blogger, columnist, lecturer and speaker and the founder of the feminist blog, MsAfropolitan, which connects feminism to contemporary culture from an Africa-centred perspective. I’ve been listed alongside Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie as one of “twelve women changing the world” by ELLE and my work has been used as a resource and case study at universities around the world. Like what you just read? Sign up above to receive new posts directly in your inbox.