Archive for the ‘Empowerment’ Category

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Dual Meanings

May 12, 2007

In the October 2006 issue of Cosmopolitan, there’s an article titled, “Stupid Boob Behavior.”  The questions the article tries to examine are: “Why are so many young women making their breasts public property?  And who really ends up getting the best end of this deal–the girls who say all this flaunting makes them feel empowered and free or the men ogling them?”  These questions parallel the same questions I’ve put out there and have been trying to answer.  And the second question being asked definitely applies to Christina Aguilera and other women (famous or not) who are exposing their bodies in some way.  Read the rest of this entry ?

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What is Empowerment? And What is TOO Much?

April 29, 2007

In an article posted on POPSUGAR, Christina  comments on being a strong woman in a man’s world: “I’m extra sensitive and have my dukes up because I witnessed a lot of shit in my household with my father and mother, and I wanted to make sure that I was never going to feel powerless or helpless to a man. That’s why I think I do have this overconfidence with my sexuality because I feel empowered by it, and I love being in control of every facet of what I do.”

The most obvious thing about Christina Aguilera is that she’s very comfortable with her sexuality.  Though her sexuality has also been her biggest mark of controversy, she remains consistent in how she feels about her sexuality.  She’s confident.  She’s in control of herself.  But is her sexual confidence really working to empower her as she claims?

By putting herself out there, is she really gaining power?  Though I am happy that she feels just that confident with herself, I often wonder how much of her sexual openness can give her empowerment.  Or is her sexuality too much?  Is there a certain line that she crosses (or has crossed) that takes away her control and hands it over to the spectators? 

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Dirrty

April 4, 2007

Christina Aguilera became famous with her first debut single, “Genie in a Bottle,” in 1999. Back then she was a seemingly innocent eighteen year old girl with blonde, blonde hair whose most revealing clothes only showed her belly. But with the release of her second album, “Stripped,” Christina looked like a completely different woman. The “Genie in a Bottle” girl did not like being marketed as a bubblegum artist and so she insisted on showing off a sexier side that was truer to her personality. And she definitely put her new image out there in her raunchy video, “Dirrty.”

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