When is it OK for someone to sell their music with sex? The entertainment writers and broadcasters would have you believe that the younger women in the music scene are doing something new and different in how they are packaging themselves as sex objects. read some of the articles on Lady Gaga, Rihanna, or especially right now, Miley Cyrus. This young lady has been twerking and naked swinging on wrecking balls as a means of attracting attention. The idea is for this attention to sell her music, and it’s working. I think I can say with a great deal of certainty that she is making more money than any of you reading this post. She’s also not hurting anyone in the process.
I’m not going to make an attempt to deconstruct the feminist or anti-feminist nature of their actions. This is way belong my ability and there are many others who are much more capable than I to lead the debate. This post is about some male rockers who have been using their sex to sell their music from 60s on, and the response, or lack thereof, to their genitals.
In the concert movie “The Song Remains the Same“, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant’s extremely tight jeans ensured his genitals were the star of the show.
James Osterberg aka Iggy Pop, is another singer who kept the sex front and centre.
Roger Daltrey of The Who was once a member of the show my member gang.
And of course, Mick.
Some of the guys didn’t stop at tight pants either. The Red Hot Chili Peppers performed wearing socks.
Here’s Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction
Rage Against the Machine protested the Parents Music Resource Center, founded by Tipper Gore, that campaigned against obscenity in music.
It’s very easy to find many other examples of male nudity or near nudity in the history of music. However, the results are very different when it’s men. People feign horror at men exposing themselves on stage, and hide their children’s eyes. However, when Miley does something very similar, she is labelled a slut, an attention whore, or her physical attributes become fodder for the newscasters.
Whatever you may think about this in terms of gender politics, it is obvious that the men are remembered for their music, the women for their sex.
Here’s a guy lip-syncing to Wrecking Ball. It’s what got me thinking about this whole thing. You’ll most likely kill yourself laughing over this, but you probably won’t call him a slut.