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June 24, 2010

Slutty Celebrity Quote: Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera recently did an interview with Company magazine to promote her new album, Bionic, and she had some interesting things to say about women and sexuality.
Christina Aguilera's risqué outfits, skin-tight costumes and provocative photo shoots aren't just for show. The singer says her sexy image is her way of getting out what she believes is an important message.BIONIC - DELUXE (Explicit)

"I feel sexuality to be very empowering," the singer, 29, tells U.K. magazine Company in its July issue. "I think men love to believe that they own our sexuality, so if a woman represents herself in a sexual way, people think, 'Oh it must be for a man.'"

"But men don't have the right to own our sexuality," she says. "If I want to be sexual, it's for my own appreciation and enjoyment! That's why I like to talk about the fact that sometimes I am attracted to women. I appreciate their femininity and beauty."

Before calling her a feminist, be warned, Aguilera says she doesn't like to get into labels. Instead, she's simply fighting "for women's rights in the sense that we shouldn't be ashamed of ourselves or our bodies." [People.com]
Most of the comments that I saw about this just focused on 'OMG she's not a feminist!' and ignored the rest. I did the opposite for a couple of reasons. I haven't read the full Company interview, but the line about feminism in the People summary is a little vague and doesn't really give us the context, so we don't know if she was explicitly asked if she was a feminist and said no or if she just made a more general statement about not liking labels. And even if she didn't want to drop the f-bomb in this interview for whatever reason, I don't think it means that the comments that she did make aren't worth discussing and taking seriously.

UNIVERSAL CITY,   CA - JUNE 06: Christina Aguilera performs onstage at the 2010 MTV Movie   Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Studios on June 6,   2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty   Images)
When Christina performed at the MTV Movie Awards a couple of weeks ago, someone on our twitter feed commented at the end of the performance - yes, after the infamous flashing vagina heart moment - that it was basically a feminism failure that was all about being sexual for men or like men rather than empowering women. (I can't remember who said it and it's too late to dig through a hundred million tweets to find, which is why I'm paraphrasing and not linking to the specific tweet.)

I thought these comments were interesting considering that the song Christina was performing, called Woohoo, is basically an ode to cunnilingus. (Soon to be a welcome addition to many people's themed mix CDs, I'm sure.) It's a cocky and fun song about demanding sexual pleasure on your own terms. Sure, it's not I Am Woman, but it's also not I'm A Slave 4 U. So if some people are ready to dismiss a performance like that as something that must be just for men and couldn't possibly be at all empowering to women, I think that just illustrates that Christina has a point worth examining.

So what do you think? Do you agree or disagree with Christina Aguilera? And more importantly, what songs would you put on your oral sex playlist?


Anonymous said...

I gotta say, when I first heard her talking about sexuality as empowering I thought it was going to be another one of those "Being sexy is EMPOWERING! Just like all those girls on GGW!!" things, but reading the quote in context, it's actually pretty refreshing to hear. It's nice to hear her owning what she's doing and not being ashamed of it or implying that it's all performative for dudes.

It is still frustrating that female pop stars are pretty much required to be sexual, though. Not saying I don't like songs about sex, or that women being sexual is a problem, but when "female = SEXSEXSEX" in almost an entire genre of music, it's still kind of messed up.

On another note, Xtina's not the first person to use that flashing-crotch thing. Look up Peaches performing 'I Feel Cream' (a song that would TOTALLY be on my oral sex playlist) live on YouTube.

Jezebel said...

Anon - I'm a Peaches fan but I hadn't seen that performance before. Love it. Peaches collaborated with Christina on one of the songs on Bionic, so maybe that is where the inspiration came from.

I agree about the whole choice vs. requirement issue when it comes to female pop stars. With Christina it's obviously something that she wants to do and is comfortable with, but if you're a female artist who isn't like that but feels like it's the only way to be successful, that's definitely not an 'empowering' place to be.

kza said...

"Yodeling in the Valley" by Kid Rock

Anonymous said...

I heard about that! I've been meaning to buy the album for a while because I know a lot of female artists I really like collaborated with her, Nicki Minaj being one of them.

colinday said...

How many women like having men give them cunnilingus? I don't mind, and it might compensate for "performance" issues. Does the Evil Slut Clique have an official position on cunnilingus, or do different women have different views on the subject?

Anonymous said...

Although i am sick and tired of people trying to be 'miss' sexual on tele, she isnt doing it for attention. I actually believe. *shrugs* Its kind of like a situation where you meet individuals that are all "Sexuality is a form of 'art'" mumbo jumbo, because for whatever reason, THEY like it. This could normally be commentary coming from the mouth of a pornstar or some erotic movie/story writer. The point im trying to make is, although its definitely behavior that makes us lift an eyebrow in bewilderment, or lower our heads in shame, shes actually trying to make a valid point. (P.S. I am not calling her a porn star) She likes the idea of women embracing their sexuality. FOR THEMSELVES. Not to be some attention seeking whore, which I am afraid is the idea people are going to get, and or try to follow. so while i dont agree with everything she may do to express that ideal, i have a philosophy that is "if it doesnt bother me, my life, or will in any way, then leave it alone." So let her make a CD expressing this whole sexuality rubbish. Hell i kind of like the idea. I mean how many times o you hear a guy say he's slept with 20 girls, but a girl sleeps with 20 guys and shes a slut. (I dont condone this in any manner) If the mans not a slut, neither is she. So yeah, the point i find interesting. but she can tone down on the crotch shots and shit. thats just stupid and irresponsible.