Rashida Calls Out Miley & 'Pornification' Of Women
By JACKIE WILLIS
December 06, 2013
You won't see Rashida Jones riding a wrecking ball in her underwear anytime soon. In an editorial piece for Glamour magazine, the Parks and Recreation star calls out both Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj for their highly sexual behavior and slams the entertainment industry for their "pornification of everything."
This article, titled Why Is Everyone Getting Naked?, is a follow-up to some tweets Jones posted where she asked women to "stop acting like whores." She explains that after those tweets, she was accused of "sl*t shaming."
"But I will look at women with influence -- millionaire women who use their 'sexiness' to make money -- and ask some questions. There is a difference, a key one, between 'shaming' and 'holding someone accountable,'" the 37-year-old actress writes. "The poles, the pasties, the gyrating: This isn't showing female sexuality; this is showing what it looks like when women sell sex. ...And so much of it feels staged for men, not for our own pleasure."
Jones even goes as far as to call out some women in Hollywood. "Even if adult Miley [Cyrus] and Nicki [Minaj] have ownership of their bodies, do the girls imitating them have the same agency? Where do we draw the line between teaching them freedom of sexual expression and pride in who they are on the inside? Are we even allowed to draw a line?"
She adds that she's not buying the excuses, writing: "Please stop saying you don't want to be role models. Because, guess what: You are."
The article continues, "Go ahead and make videos in which your ass cheeks slap water around in slow motion; go ahead and tweet pictures of your undercarriage. But perhaps every eleventh song or video, do something with some more clothes on?"
Jones hopes 2014 will be "more original" and "slightly more clothed," writing: "Maybe even a song that empowers women to feel good about some other great quality we have? Like, I don't know ...our empathy, or childbearing skills, or ability to forgive one another for mean tweets?"
Do you agree?