Charlotte Church attacked oversexualisation of young female pop stars and the ‘online pissing contest’ between Miley Cyrus and Sinead O’Connor. She had firsthand experience of the manipulation that comes from being thrust into the limelight as a child star by a ‘male-dominated music industry with a juvenile perspective on gender and sexuality.
There was a big clamour to cover my breasts as they wanted to keep me as young as possible. Then it became, ‘You should definitely get them out, they look great. To my mind, what this industry seems to want of its women increasingly is sex objects that appear childlike. Take your clothes off, show you’re an adult.
If women are to become free agents of their gender’s destiny in a music world that is reliant upon shouting loudest over the clamour, it stands to reason that online pissing contests only serve to detract from strong messages put forward by such artists as Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu.”
Miley and a former generation of Disney stars turned singers such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, are ‘encouraged to present themselves as hypersexualised, unrealistic, cartoonish, as objects, reducing female sexuality to a prize you can win.
You only have to look at the online response to see that it is only a matter of time until the public turns on an artist for pushing it too far. But the single, like all Rihanna’s other provocative hits, will make her male writers, producers and record label guys a ton of money
The culture of demeaning women in pop music is so ingrained as to become routine, from the way we are dealt with by management and labels, to the way we are presented to the public.’