When I was a little girl, I used to sneak around to watch this video.
(shhhhh...Don't tell my mom)
It was SO ATTRACTIVE: beautiful people, sensuality, the colors were vibrant, the tempo, the sound was catchy... shot in a slow, captivating way & had me thinking about SEX.
No lie... I couldn't have been more than six/ seven years old....
This is still one of my favorite videos of all time!
SEX taps into the emotional, psychological, physiological being. The visual stays in the brain & causes you to "feel". I can still remember how I felt watching this George Michael video at seven (over 20 years ago), and though the feeling is quite different these days- it still affects me on the inside part ;-)
The media utilizes sex to sell! It’s a marketing tactic that has been employed and exploited since the beginning of time and has only evolved and become more raunchy and overt as time has progressed. In this new millennium where people are exercising their right to free speech and self-expression, sex has become the norm on television, in music, the work force, and life in general...
Check out these celebrities and their before/ after shots
|Sweet Mariah- a vision of love|
|Mimi's Bodacious Bod|
|Janet's innocent pleasure principle|
|Janet's roughing it up and out (LOL)|
|RiRi's Pon de Replay- when her forehead was her biggest asset|
Let's face it...SEX IS HOT!
(In music, fashion, cinema)
And though I do not morally agree with the manipulation of sex & women as a whole, I fully acknowledge that the entertainment industry is a BUSINESS. They are in it to make money, not to do the right thing.
Let's be for real.
I commend artists who stay true to who they are; whether they are the good, wholesome girl next door, afro-centric diva, or a hot, sexy vixen. Every once in awhile, a borderline pornographic video or photoshoot will surface and the general public will be appalled and judge and pose questions such as, "what kind of an example are they to our children?"
Here's the answer:
"they are not to be any kind of example to our children. WE ARE."
I'm a mom & as such, it is my duty to monitor what my son is exposed to: to communicate what is wrong & right, to teach him to respect women. I was exposed to videos and pictures and music of explicit sexual content at a young age. (I had teenage uncles and aunts) BUT, at the same time, I had a mother that was down my throat every time I tried to breathe. She made sure there was no other option for me than to be GOOD. I had to evolve into a strong woman because of who SHE was.
We are simply products of our environment.
The problem is not SEX in the media.
It's that we are not taking the time to raise our children.
It is OUR responsibility to teach our girls to be ladies and our boys to RESPECT A LADY!
LET'S BRING IT BACK YA'LL!
I AM KREYOL!