07 October 2013 by

Annie Lennox Describes Overtly Sexualised Performances As 'Monetized Form Of Self-Harm'. Do You Agree?

The controversy surrounding Miley Cyrus continued apace at the weekend. Following her dialogue with Sinead O’Connor and those Terry Richardson photos, former Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox wrote an open letter about “overtly sexualised” performances via her official Facebook page implicating Miley and Rihanna.

"As long as there’s booty to make money out of, (sex) will be bought and sold. It’s depressing to see how these performers are so eager to push this new level of low," she wrote.

Annie went on to question any idea that "empowerment" lay behind Miley and Rihanna’s performances. “Their assumption seems to be that misogyny – utilised and displayed through oneself is totally fine, as long as you are the one creating it as if it’s all justified by how many millions of dollars and youtube hits you get from behaving like a pimp and prostitute at the same time. It’s a glorified and monetized form of self-harm.”

Annie Lennox Describes Overtly Sexualised Performances As 'Monetized Form Of Self-Harm'. Do You Agree?

Annie Lennox performing in 2012 [WireImage]

Annie added: “It seems obvious that certain record companies are peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment as if the tidal wave of sexualised imagery wasn’t already bombarding impressionable young girls enough.”

The singer questioned the belief that these performances were somehow positive. “It is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent.”

A later post clarified her position, “boundaries need to be put in place so that young kids aren’t barraged by market forces exploiting the ‘normalisation’ of explicit sex in under age entertainment,” she wrote.

Annie who created some of the most iconic pop music imagery of the 80s and 90s by playing with issues of gender and sexuality, clearly knows what she’s talking about. But do you agree with the points she’s made? Are Miley and Rihanna acting empowered or are they being exploited?

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Sukhy Bhandal (Mon Oct 07 15:15:15 BST 2013): I agree with Annie - its not cool or sexy, its trashy and degrading! Miley is the prime example of this, I think Rihanna is a little more true to herself and her influences... Yet still unnecessarily sexualised - as they get older I'm sure they will look back and cringe!
Susan Bell Flavin (Mon Oct 07 15:39:47 BST 2013): Are they being exploited? I don't really care. They (Rhianna/Miley etc) obviously are benefiting greatly in terms of their career exposure and money-making ability from the marketing of this over sexualised behviour so the lines are blurred for them personally - for want of a better phrase. However they do lend - however unintentionally (let's face it, neither are social philosophers) to the pervasive air of super-charged sexuality that seems to be de rigueur at the moment. It is a race to the bottom, so to speak. And who wins? The people schilling the product. Who loses? The young girls who think that graphic sexualisation is normal and a legitimate way - or more worryingly, the only way - to get attention, validation and money.
Vikki Davis (Mon Oct 07 20:23:38 BST 2013): I had my messed up period pre-Facebook, without the international windows of fame these guys have. I think it's a self-distructive show for sure.