Modern day music videos often times portray women to be the sex symbols – exposing every hidden body part to the pleasure of men. Godmother of punk and lifelong poet, Patti Smith and Nigeria's OAP Denrele Edun say, music has evolved and it's the women who allow themselves to be exploited because of the thirst for fame and fortune.
Why Are Women Often 'Sexualized' In Music?
Are they being forced into nudity on TV or it’s their choice to make?
Being one of the pioneers of Rock 'n' Roll, Smith admits its disgusting watching naked young girls – and even old ones – parade their butts, boobs and nastiness in most male videos but she also believes these women made the wrong choices.
"Everyone has a choice and the music industry is much more open that it was when I was younger. Certain things are sadly gone, others have developed, but everyone makes their choices. Pop music has always been about the mainstream and what appeals to the public. I don't feel it's my place to judge." She told UK's The Independent.
Speaking with Nigeria's famous OAP in Lagos, Denrele Edun also confessed, "You don’t have to get all naked and nasty in videos just because you want to be famous. A female artist can be covered up and still sell her art," he told Pulse.ng.
However both stars agree we don’t have to be judgmental but think about the bigger picture.
"Don't allow yourself to be exploited by something as fleeting as fame and fortune. If you're presenting yourself in a way that important to you in communicating your vision, then so be it. No one should allow themselves to be exploited ever." Smith warned!
Denrele chipped in, "I won't say Don't Do It but be careful what you get from it all – disrespect, insults and snub."
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