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.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.
"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]
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?