Sex and themediaConcerns of governmentand feminists
Feminism vs. post-feminism Firstwave feminism focused mainly on suffrage and gender equality Second wave broadened the debate to wide range of issues (sexuality, family etc.) Radical feminism is more anti-men whereas post feminism focuses on being pro-women without being anti-men
Radical feminism aims to overthrow patriarchy whereas post feminism may say equality is achieved. Post feminist, feminism has achieved its goals and now its time to distance ourselves from the movement.
Radical feminism on sex & the mediaWomen are victims of male desire, theirsexuality is exploited to fulfill male desires.
Post feminism on sex and the mediaWomen are proud of sexuality, celebrate their own desires. Women can use their sexuality to exploit males – desire is weakening.
Example Radical Post feminist: feminist : women are women empoweredobjectified & as they are sexuality is in control exploited
Government concerns Young girls copying sexy dressand behavior. Marketing of skimpy clothes. Make-up, sexualising young girls. “Using bodies not minds to achieve status”
David Cameron believes that sexually suggestive videos by the likes of Rihanna and Lady GaGa areleading to a “greater sexualisation of childhood”. The government say that children are exposed to „inappropriate content‟. Parents believe that these „sexy music videos‟ are influencing the behavior of boys towards girls.
Why does it matter? This then leads to social problems – teen pregnancy, sexual abuse, prostitution, rape etc.
… Cameron primarily focuses on sexual content in music videos after the industry’s negative reaction to a report he commissioned from Church Of England pressure group ‘Mothers Union’ head Reg Bailey. The report, titled ‘Let Children Be Children’, said: ”Concerns focused on sexual and violent nature of song lyrics; highly sexualised, verging on explicit, dance routines; and the stereotyped gender roles portrayed.
What will the government do? Ifmusic industry bosses come to an agreement with Cameron it would mean that music videos deemed ‘sexually suggestive’ would be brandished with an 18 certificate, meaning any persons under the age of 18 purchasing it or viewing it would technically be breaking the law