Anonymous asked: ok I don't know how to word this but, I sometimes have trouble seeing the difference between a woman having control of her body and doing what she likes with it (in the name of feminism) and a woman damaging feminism by using her body purely as a sexual object. I don't know if this makes sense i'm sorry if it doesn't but could u explain the difference between the two? is a music video of a girl doing nothing but dancing around half naked empowering or damaging? where is the line drawn?
For me personally, it has a lot to do with:
- Who is making the decisions? Are the naked/half naked women making those creative decisions themselves? Does it come from a place of empowerment for them? If they’ve signed on as dancers (and have on some level chosen the gig) are they doing so because the industry is so limited in its idea of how women should be represented on screen or because it’s a good channel for their talent or because they feel empowered? Who is editing it? Who gets to sign off on it? Who picks the thumbnail? Who picks the pictures released to the press? What conversations are going on behind closed doors?
- How does it work within the context of music videos (does it use tropes? Does it imply things it doesn’t necessarily say outright?) and what are the ways in which it challenges the problems with representation of women (especially women of colour) in music videos?
- How does this work financially? Who is getting the money? Who has the power?
But the answers to these questions don’t result in an ultimate YES or NO or SEXIST or NOT SEXIST most of the time. The important thing imho is that we’re having these conversations, that we’re aware of the potential pitfalls, the potential strengths, and that we’re not just passively consuming what is given to us.
Generally, I don’t see a problem with women using their bodies sexually if it comes from a place of power on their part. Also, if it doesn’t, I don’t know that that woman should necessarily be blamed —- instead we should look closely at the many different factors and decisions that went into her being in this position.
Basically, we need to talk a lot :)