Former Eurythmics singer, and later solo artist, Annie Lennox had some interesting thoughts on the sexualization of pop culture that is linked to the music industry.
You can read about it here.
Her very thoughtful analysis includes this:
It seems obvious that certain record companies are peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment …
It’s depressing to see how these performers are so eager to push this new level of low. Their assumption seems to be that misogyny – utilised and displayed through oneself – is totally fine, as long as you are the one creating it. As if it’s all justified by how many millions of dollars and YouTube hits you get from behaving like pimp and prostitute at the same time.
Misogyny displayed through oneself seems totally fine by cultural standards, Lennox says, and i agree that our culture has reached that point. This is one of the last lines left to cross in the mainstreaming of pornography as an all-out, legitimate entertainment option that has finally moved beyond — according to some — susceptibility to objection.
The basic premise in pop culture seems to be that once women are as into porn as men — or at least enough of the female population is (think: 50 Shades, and porn that is produced by women) — the only frontier left is women pimping themselves for entertainment and claiming that it is really empowerment. And if they are the ones pimping themselves, then society collectively responds: “Who are we to object?”
Lennox seems to think that we have crossed that final frontier. Maybe she’s right. i don’t think this is what she had in mind when she and Aretha Franklin sang “Sisters are Doin it for Themselves.“