Some may dismiss this issue as no more than yet another moral panic situation between sexuality and young girls, UT 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 videos is one of the major influences contributing to the exultation’s of young girls. With the raunchy outfits and extreme sex appeal that music videos are displaying, gives an explanation for the increasingly sexualities behavior with teen girls. There are many ways in which adolescent girls can be influenced by the exultation’s of the music industry.
Ways such as, advertising clothing which is low cut, skimpy and sexually adding, masking young girls in makeup to make them look more attractive, and having a promiscuous outlook to the opposite sex at a young age. The constant contradiction between remaining innocent but looking visually irresistible to young males for young girls is becoming harder on account of the social moralities for youths in this generation. Are we putting too much undue pressure on young girls to look a certain way? When did this become an issue?
Exultation’s in the music industry has been an issue since the early sass’s when the television channel MET was invented, and singers generated film clips to accompany heir music (bright blue, 2013). Before music clips, the sexual element of the music was wrapped in the raunchy lyrics. Music videos started in 1981 when the pop hit ‘Physical’ by Olivia Newton John was released. This music video contains multiple women in tight, floor colored spandex gym clothes, performing what you would see in a gym, only more sexualities, with the thrusting and ‘personified’ dance moves (Youth, 2013).
This is backed up by her lyrics stating ‘There is nothing left to talk about, unless it is horizontally. The lyric is referring to sexual behaviors. On June 4th 2013 the most controversial, sexualities, and raunchy film clip was released (Youth, 2013). This was Mille Cyrus’ We Can’t Stop’. The video contained Mille with a group of rebellious youths, causing mayhem and havoc in a mansion. In the majority of the video, Cyrus is wearing nothing but white contoured leggings and a skimpy white bra.
Mille is also shot with her legs open, and the camera between her legs, this is suggesting sexual behavior. Mille has billions of teen’ admirers all around the world (Vivo, 2013) and for them viewing this sort of materials can brand an ideology in their minds of how they should be behaving. “Mille speaks out in a current interview and states “Girls should see me as a role model, I am cool, calm and eave hit 150 billion views on Youth” (Seventeen, 2014). She is using her status to gain fans and manipulate you into thinking she is correct in the way she thinks, speaks, and acts.
Both Mille and Olivia have referred to sexual conducts and displayed raunchy and suggestive dancing which can be seen as a lack of respect for themselves and also a generalization that most girls in the music industry are behaving this way. Have artists tried to contradict the exultation’s in music videos? 28-year-old British pop diva Lily Allen has made a living off of slamming pop culture, and in her new USIA 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 veered (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 behavior (Independent,2014). Lily is sending a very important message to young girls, she is saying that this behavior is non realistic and too sexualities for young girls who have impressionable mind to be viewing. The suggestive behaviors and the raunchy dance moves, are ways that she eels young girls of today’s music video industry are trying to strive to be like. Women in music videos?
According to the surveys that were conducted, targeted at year 11 and 12 students, one hundred per cent of the applicants, answered no to “whether or not they feel they have to behave this way. ” This survey response indicates that girls in high school, don’t feel the pressures of looking like a girl in a music video, some commented on how “it is an unrealistic expectation of what we are expected to look like. ” Fifty per cent of the surveyors said that they don’t feel the need o “parade themselves” as sexual beings to attract the opposite sex.
This proves that half the demographics do not see the importance of sexual attraction or making themselves centre of attention while with the opposite sex. The girls that I surveyed were older teenagers between the ages of seventeen and eighteen, and these people were all for Lily Allen’s campaign for slamming the sexualities music videos. This shows that the older girls realism, the ideology of being ‘perfect’ does not exist, and these women shown in these videos are not ‘realistic”. In conclusion, the music industry is sexualities older teenage girls to a minor extent.
According to the surveys, the older girls don’t feel that they have to display every inch of their body to be considered attractive, and most didn’t see having male attention as an important social standing to have. To the older teens in actuality, music videos are seen as false and a fake depiction of adolescent girls in reality. Lily Allen has made more or an impact on our generation, making girls embrace how they look, how much they weigh and not letting male attention become something to fear about. Idols like Mille are fooling impressionable young minds into what real women are like, and her depiction, is far from reality.