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Slutty Celebrity Quote: Christina Aguilera

Cross-posted from Evil Slutopia.

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.

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5 blogs for the sex-positive, feminist lesbian

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I'm not a lesbian, and sometimes I don't feel like a feminist, but I do know that entertainment for men disguised as lesbian blogs are not what sex-positive, feminist lesbians are looking for. Take a look at these five I recommend:

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The Sexies!

The winners of the 2009 Sexies have just been announced! If you're not familiar, the Sexies are the Sex-Positive Journalism Awards.

The board and judges of the Sex-Positive Journalism Awards are proud to announce the winners of the 2009 Sexies. Selected from about 100 entries (not counting multiple nominations of the same piece!) submitted by both writers and readers, the winning entries cover subjects from teen pregnancy to conjugal visits, vaginal plastic surgery to prudish responses to public art. The winning articles come from all across the United States and Canada, and represent a range of genres, from news to advice columns.

What they all have in common, however, is that they succeed in embodying the Sexies criteria for sex-positive journalism far better than the vast majority of their counterparts, helping to improve the quality of dialogue around sex and create a more well-informed reading public. "Without clear-eyed, informed journalism about sexuality, the public runs the risk of seeing sex-related issues through a murky scrim of ignorance and biased attitudes. The Sexies help show the media—and the citizenry—how it can and should be done," says Carol Queen of the Center for Sex and Culture.

 

Definitely check out the full list of winners, but here are some of our favorites:

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Film review: "Liberty In Restraint" (2005)

I attended the recent screening of Liberty in Restraint, a documentary about BDSM phtographer Noel Graydon directed by Michael Ney.  The film was shown at The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum as part of the Sex+++ Documentary Film Series.  This week's guest moderator was a prominent member of Chicago's BDSM community, assisted by Lisa Junkin, Education Coordinator for the Hull House Museum itself.

 
Judging the film strictly upon its storytelling merit or message delivery (this is a documentary) I found the film to be unfocused.  There were plenty of interviews with Noel, his friends and people he has photographed.  There were scenes of BDSM being performed in dungeons, photo shoots and gallery openings.  There were the obligatory scenes of people walking around and making phone calls, etc.  In terms of sheer cinematic presentation, it was rather flat.  It is a low-budget documentary film and not Ken Burns' Baseball.  Even with that understood, direction, purpose and relevance are by-products of decision making and composition - not budget.  There is plenty here to work with, but the film just didn't seem to me like it knew where it wanted to go.  It may be that for those who are well-versed in BDSM culture and sensibilities, this film has a clear point.  But, I doubt it.
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