We are witnessing a massive cat-fight on social media that is now engaging lawyers to fight the right for a woman to bare all in the media. Or are we witnessing, the demise of a delicate young girl converting into an image that is expected of her dictated by the fans, public, social media, glossy magazines, advertisers and finally – hormones?
If you’ve missed the last couple of days, Sinéad O’Connor has written an impassioned open letter to Miley Cyrus, warning the singer of the dangers of objectification and declaring that she should not “let the music business make a prostitute of you”.
The Irish singer’s 1,000-word post, written on her personal blog, was triggered in response to Cyrus’s comments in a recent Rolling Stone cover story. She explained that O’Connor’s music video for Nothing Compares 2 U inspired her recent Wrecking Ball video, which begins with a tearful close-up of the singer. But, unlike O’Connor’s classic, the Cyrus video transforms into her posing provocatively in underwear and, ultimately, naked.
Throughout O’Connor’s letter, she warns Cyrus about the music industry, stating: “I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way ‘cool’ to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos.” She adds: “It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether its the music business or yourself doing the pimping.” Sinead goes on in her letter, eventually swearing to show her passion about this topic.
What say you MEN?
Without swaying your opinion, here at Menstylepower we endorse what Sinead is saying. Too many young girls are swayed by the power of the music industry, the casting couch and unrealistic expectations to strip naked; bare all, leave nothing unto the imagination. And Gents, like using their imagination!
Not taking away from the severity of this story, with Cyrus commenting disrespectfully on mental illness, and O’Connor lashing back strongly – do we really want to see – in prime time – naked teenagers swinging on a 20ft ball and chain? Do we want to see pubescent teenagers with hardly any body fat on them parading down fashion runways displaying clothes that only women in their 30’s and 40’s can afford? Do we want to be sold face-creams, sunscreens, haircare on perfect male models saying they’ve experienced the solution, when they never had a problem in the first place? It seems that DOVE for Men have the formula right.
What say you Gents? Would you let your daughter do this? Hmmmm….