Essay on sexualisation of women in the music industry

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SOCIETY AND CULTURE
‘TO WHAT EXTENT DOES THE MUSIC INDUSTRY SEXUALISE YOUNG WOMEN?’

Sexualisation is a way that mass media, celebrities or advertising can make young or old people, especially young girls, become more provocative in the way that they speak, dress and behave
(BBC network, 2014). It can also force people to change in character, which is a growing concern. Sexualisation in our society has become extremely prevalent within the younger female gender. Some may dismiss this issue as no more than yet another moral panic situation between sexuality and young girls, but some see this as a serious subject and some of these people are in fact the girls being targeted (Church, 2014). The music industry with their music
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Have artists tried to contradict the sexualisation in music videos?
28-year-old British pop diva Lily Allen has made a living off of slamming pop culture, and in her new music video ‘Hard Out Here’ she makes a mockery of the music industry and how girls are behaving in music videos. (BBC network, 2014)
The potty-mouthed princess makes several comments on how “she doesn’t have to shake her behind because she has half a brain” or “Dress like a hooker to attract a good looker”. These lyrics of the song reflects on the ways that she is dressed throughout the clip, she is in all black, yet she isn’t showing an inch of her own body although she is surrounded by the typical slack hussies who have barely anything on except having their genitals covered (Clips,2014) The girls around her are all dancing and moving in an inciting way to attract male attention, all the while making fun of women who feel this is acceptable. At one point in the video, Lily and her group of dancers are suggestively eating bananas, insinuating sexual behaviour (Independent,2014). Lily is sending a very important message to young girls, she is saying that this behaviour is non realistic and too sexualised for young girls who have impressionable mind to be viewing. The suggestive behaviours and the raunchy dance moves, are ways that she feels young girls of today’s music video industry are tyring to strive to be like.

Do teenage girls in

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