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Rashida Jones Calls 2013 the ‘Year of the Very Visible Vagina’

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By / December 6, 2013

Back in October, Rashida Jones was criticized as being anti-feminist when she tweeted about the growing normalcy of gyrating, mostly naked pop stars.

Though she attempted to clarify that she wasn’t shaming any woman for her sexual choices, and that she was just attempting to open a dialogue, she managed to upset the online populace just the same.

But hey, that’s social media. You can tweet, “I love my mom #friendship #family,” and receive a backlash of expletives so fresh, even Urban Dictionary could not define.

Now, Jones’ has taken her argument to Glamour’s January issue.

I’m not gonna lie. The fact that I was accused of “slut-shaming,” being anti-woman, and judging women’s sex lives crushed me. 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. 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.”

Though Jones is expressing a need for more than just the sexualization of female musicians, it’s not unlikely that her call will fall on deaf ears. After all, if the record companies are making money off of the artists, who, at least, put forth the image of enjoying their place in the sexualization. It’s a game where everyone involved has a hand.

Some people think not. Sinéad O’Connor got blowback after writing an open letter to Miley Cyrus, warning her of the dangers of her constant sexual imagery: “The music business…will prostitute you for all you are worth…and when you wind up in rehab… ‘they’ will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body, and you will find yourself very alone.” Miley responded by basically calling her crazy.

Nothing Compares 2 U, Miley.

Why Is Everyone Getting Naked? Rashida Jones on the Pornification of Everything [Glamour]

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