Back in October, Rashida Jones went on a Twitter rant after spending some time getting caught up on all the tits, cheeks, flaps and cracks the likes of Miley, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj have been flashing all over the place. Rashida used the hashtag “stopactinglikewhores” and the responses were everything from a standing ovation, “NOOOOOOOO!” from the pro-ho crowd (and a resounding “Rashaddup!” from a friend of mine) to being accused of slut-shaming. She wised up to Twitter being the last place you want to go if you’re interested in actually getting your point across about well, anything, because she elaborated in an essay for Glamour (via EOnline).
The Parks and Recreation star began by pointing out that “stripper poles, G-strings, boobs, and a lot of tongue action were all now normal accessories for mainstream pop stars.” These artists, she reasons, are all trying to convey the same message: “You know you want to have sex with me. Here, take a look at lots of parts of my body.”
Rashida, pointing out she’s not “a prude,” loves sex and “also grew up on a healthy balance of sexuality in pop stars” finds all the in-your-face imagery of today to be “homogenous.” Every pop star, she writes, “interprets ‘sexy’ the same way: lots of skin, lots of licking of teeth, lots of bending over.”
“I find this oddly…boring,” she continues. “Can’t I just like a song without having to take an ultrasound tour of some pop star’s privates?”
“I consider myself a feminist. I would never point a finger at a woman for her actual sexual behavior, and I think all women have the right to express their desires,” she writes. “But I will look at women with influence—millionaire women who use their ‘sexiness’ to make money—and ask some questions. There is a difference, a key one, between ‘shaming’ and ‘holding someone accountable.'”
At the very least, Rashida gives me hope that I’m not the only one wiping down my laptop screen after yelling, “THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU!” and throwing coffee at some of the slut shit on the interwebs (as a lapsed Catholic, it’s the closest thing I have to holy water because I refuse to waste wine). And Miley might have Liam Hemsworth back to whacking it to pictures of raw chicken, so all her twerking bullshit might be paying off.
While Rashida made some good points about the scales being tipped toward hoing it up, who doesn’t want to indulge in some interpretive vageen dance from time to time? She also lost me with the random ass comparison of “If 1994 was the Year of O.J.’s White Bronco, 2013 was the Year of the Very Visible Vagina“. Up until now, I would have pegged any year Joe Francis or Paris Hilton were in the news more than four times as the Year of the Vagina.