“Slut shaming”? Think again. Rashida Jones is ready to clear up any and all questions surrounding her October 2013 Twitter rant in which she hash tagged the phrase “stop acting like whores” in reference to recent pop culture events (i.e. Miley Cyrus‘ 2013 VMA performance). In a new essay for Glamour Magazine, the Parks and Recreation actress addresses critics who bashed her for her views.
“I’m not gonna lie. The fact that I was accused of ‘slut-shaming,’ being anti-woman, and judging women’s sex lives crushed me,” Jones, 37, wrote. “I consider myself a feminist. I would never point a finger at a woman for her actual sexual behavior, and I think all women have the right to express their desires. 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.'”
“I don’t know when the pornification of pop stars became so extreme, but as Robin Thicke‘s ‘Blurred Lines’ video played in the background—naked fantasy women bouncing around and licking things—I realized that the lines were not really blurry at all,” she continued. “They were clear. A new era had arrived.”
The daughter of music producer Quincy Jones and Mod Squad actress Peggy Lipton said critics would be wrong to call her conservative.
“Let me say up front: I am not a prude. I love sex; I am comfortable with my sexuality. Hell, I’ve even posed in my underwear,” she wrote. “I also grew up on a healthy balance of sexuality in pop stars. Twenty years later, all the images seem homogenous. Every star interprets ‘sexy’ the same way: lots of skin, lots of licking of teeth, lots of bending over. I find this oddly…boring. Can’t I just like a song without having to take an ultrasound tour of some pop star’s privates?”
The actress and writer went on to say that she doesn’t mind that the women in pop culture have chosen to strip down, but argues that it’s all become far too much of the same thing.
“I understand that owning and expressing our sexuality is a huge step forward for women,” she said. “But, in my opinion, we are at a point of oversaturation.”
But Jones remains optimistic about the future of showbiz. She hopes that 2014 will introduce entirely new trends.
“It’s all enough to make you want to take a monastic vow and swear off Wi-Fi forever,” she said. “But I’m an optimistic woman. So as we say goodbye to 2013 and wish for a slightly more clothed, more original 2014.”
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