Actress Rashida Jones wants her celebrity contemporaries to ‘stop acting like whores’.
It’s not every day that an actress, or singer, or somebody who is actually part of the entertainment industry, calls out the commodification of female sexuality in the music biz. (Although there was something of an Open Letter writing shitstorm after Sinead O’Connor’s Open Letter to Miley Cyrus.)
But The Parks and Recreation actress is over it. She’s over the prevalence of raunch culture. Over the near-nudity. And over sex selling, well, everything. It’s a sentiment evidenced by a series of tweets Jones sent back in October. First she posted this:
And then these tweets:
Cue accusations of slut shaming, anti-sex sentiment, whorephobia, and general prudishness.
The backlash was not entirely unexpected (just in case you missed it, that hashtag was #stopactinglikewhores), but Jones seemed genuinely surprised at the time when she was accused of being ‘anti-feminist’.
So surprised, that she has now written a piece for the American magazine Glamour, titled ‘Why Is Everyone Getting Naked? Rashida Jones on the Pornification of Everything’, in which she has tried to defend her original tweets and elaborate on her original points. She starts by saying:
I don’t know when the pornification of pop stars became so extreme, but as Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” video played in the background—naked fantasy women bouncing around and licking things—I realized that the lines were not really blurry at all. They were clear. A new era had arrived.
If 1994 was the Year of O.J.’s White Bronco, 2013 was the Year of the Very Visible Vagina.
There have been a number of songstresses, actresses and slashies this year who do not rely upon the visibility of their vagina to sell records or gets roles (Lorde, Lana Del Ray, Adele and Taylor Swift, just to name a few). And there have always been pop stars and entertainers whose sex appeal was inextricably linked to their stardom. But Miley Cyrus might be evidence enough that the ‘sex sells’ element of the entertainment industry is becoming more extreme.
Jones is quick to argue that she’s not a prude, and doesn’t have a problem with pop stars and the portrayal of female sexuality in general.