As I get older I find myself sounding just like my father, “What is wrong with kids today!?” He would harangue me over my choice of music and all the artists of the day – many of whom I worshiped. All that long hair and talk of drugs, sex and rock-n-roll was enough to make any parent reach for their Rolaids. That being said, I still worry about the images our young women are faced with today. Everywhere they look it’s all about sex, bustin’ bodies and the power they’d have over the world inferred by having both.
Where are their Joni Mitchell’s, Carole Kings and Joan Baez’s? I do think there are still some female artists out there (although not many), who at least have something to say, but is anybody listening? I just read this article and thought I’d post ‘Kudos to Pink’ for standing her ground, having a great self image and sounding off to her peers:
Pink is making no apologies for her video ‘Stupid Girls’, in which she bashes young starlets. “Jimmy crack corn and I don’t care,” she said about the possible negative reaction. “I’ve never had a problem being burned alive for my feelings. I feel like so many women have been out there fighting for our independence and our equality and to further our rights, and girls like this come along and wipe out all of our progress and they push this size-zero image that’s unattainable for the average person.
No girl needs any more reasons to think that her boobs aren’t big enough (because of) this mindless, unquestioning consumerism. I’m not a professional athlete but I like being fit. But in every tabloid (has been the headline), A Chubby Pink Walking Her Dogs, and I laugh at it because I don’t, at the end of the day, (care) what these people (think),” she said. “They’re not feeding me, they’re not clothing me and they’re not having sex with me … and they’re not my dogs.”
Rock on girl!