Archive for the ‘sexuality’ Category

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The Anti-Britney

May 21, 2007

britneychristina.jpgSince Britney Spears has been all over the media because of some very questionable behaviors, Christina has become the “antibritney.” Britney has publicly shaved her head, exposed her crotch numerous times, almost dropped her baby, admitted herself into rehab, etc… Read the rest of this entry ?

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Can’t Hold Us Down

May 21, 2007

I want to discuss Christina’s song and video for “Can’t Hold Us Down.” (The video is after the jump) The song hits directly on the double standards set for women. Women have been expected to be seen but not heard, and to not have an opinion; “Call me a bitch cause I speak what’s on my mind, Guess it’s easier for you to swallow if I sat and smiled.” It’s so much easier to call an assertive woman a bitch than to give her the same respect an assertive man would receive. Women have to behave a certain way and they can’t do the same things as men because of these expectations that society holds strongly. “If you look back in history it’s a common double standard of society, The guy gets all the glory, the more he can score, While a girl can do the same and you call her a whore.” This is the same message she’s brought up in other songs of hers. However, this song also directly tackles the men who feel they can take advantage of women. Please watch the video before reading further commentary: Read the rest of this entry ?

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An Evolution?

May 20, 2007

christina-now.jpgThe Christina Aguilera of now looks like she came out of the old glamorous Hollywood with her platinum-blond hair and her bright red lipstick, but she dresses like the Hollywood of now. Actually, she looks like another version of the well-known Marilyn Monroe. Gone are the overly-revealing clothes and the many piercings she once had. You can’t help to see Christina in a different light. With this new look comes a new image–a new meaning for who she is. There seems to be this sophistication present in her look and even some maturity. One solid word comes to mind: Classy. In the picture on the left, there is also something else rather noticeable: a stunning engagement ring. Christina married Jordan Bratman in November of 2005. Has marriage turned Christina into the woman she is right now? Has love changed her? Read the rest of this entry ?

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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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Girl Power: Then and Now

May 8, 2007

 The Spice Girls:                                                    

The Pussycat Dolls:

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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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Battle of the Covers

April 13, 2007

Britney Spears, 1999

Christina Aguilera, 2000

Christina Aguilera, Rolling Stone no. 844/845, July 2000 Photographic Print by Mark Seliger

Now the question is: which cover is more liked or accepted? Read the rest of this entry ?