It is almost impossible these days to turn on the television or watch a music video and not see a pop star prancing about half-naked or “twerking.” Leaving anything to the imagination is becoming less and less popular, and apparently, the more skin one shows, the better. The definition of sexy seems to be objectifying oneself in as many ways as possible. That is why actress Rashida Jones is asking Hollywood to evaluate its actions.

 

Does objectifying oneself equal owning one’s sexuality? (glamour.com)

In an article titled “Why is Everyone Getting Naked?,” Jones writes about the pornification of today’s popular culture. Jones is not shaming women for their sexuality, but rather their blatant disregard for messages they are sending millions of young girls. A message that says the only way to be sexy is with, “lots of skin, lots of licking of teeth, [and] lots of bending over.”

 

Jones wonders where we draw the line between females owning their sexuality and their bodies, and them appreciating other worthy traits that women possess. She states,

“[T]he poles, the pasties, the gyrating: This isn’t showing female sexuality; this is showing what it looks like when women sell sex…I understand that owning and expressing our sexuality is a huge step forward for women. But, in my opinion, we are at a point of over saturation.”

Jones is seeking to redefine the way women are portraying themselves in the media. She wants them to realize the impact their actions have on the way women view themselves. She also calls upon men to join the conversation, instead of sitting back to watch the show.

 

Her overall message is that women do not have to take their clothes off to be sexy, they do not have to objectify themselves in order to successful, and owning one’s sexuality does not merely consist of sexually saturated images.

 

The images one sees in media are powerful and have an effect on everyone. They set the standard for how we view almost everything. From sexuality to gender norms, Hollywood has a major influence. The words of Rashida Jones regarding the way women are allowing themselves to be objectified need to be taken into consideration. As the women of Hollywood continue to show more skin, while the men stay clothed, we need to question whether we are actually owning own sexuality or if we are blatantly accepting the idea that our sexuality is our most important asset.

 

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