Body Image & The Music Industry

It’s rare to come across a song these days that does not discuss the anatomy of the female body. Musical lyrics put so much emphasis on the butt and breast size, that it’s no wonder women are never really satisfied with their body images. Fox news posted an article this morning about a woman who had to undergo quadruple amputation because of an illegal silicone she had injected in her butt. She was approached by a woman who claimed the silicone injection would plump up her butt to her desired size. Without doing any research, the British woman quickly agreed to take the injections, not  knowing that she was really being injected with bathroom silent. As a result, she had gone through tremendous agony for many years and had to have her butt, hands, and feet amputated.

The journey this woman has gone through is just one example of the pressure women feel to have a more accepting figure.

Rapper Nikki Minaj doesn’t hide the fact that she has “enhanced” the size of her butt. photos from an earlier time compared to the present shows an exaggerated difference in her size. The pressure these women feel to have enormous breasts and butts with slender waistlines can be attributed to the music industry’s incredibly high standards set for women. Instead of promoting healthy, natural beauty, they promote a standard size, expecting everyone to fit the mold. It even has women belittling each other for not fitting these standards.

When will the objectification stop? When will music artists divert their attention to somewhere other than the female body? And when will women stop going against each other and realize that they are all on the same team? As long as people continue to enable these artists by supporting the sexists/homophobic/racist music artists make, the objectification, the belittling, and the hatred will continue to thrive.

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Victim Blaming

It sickens me to know that when a woman gets involved in an abusive relationship, spectators will immediately blame the victim for her attacker’s behaviors. In recent news, actress Amanda Bynes tweeted to pop singer Rihanna, “Chris Brown beat you because you’re not pretty enough”, referring to the couple’s violent feud a few years back. Now, judging from the actress’s appearances in the media for her erratic behaviors, there is a problem with Bynes’s mental health and this statement should not be taken too seriously.  Rihanna even chose to ignore the ignorance of the former child star and tweeted, “Ya see what happens when they cancel intervention?”, not mentioning Amanda Bynes anywhere in the tweet. The pop singer was apparently conscious of the mental state of Bynes and chose not to engage further with Amanda Byne’s benighted comment. Though her statement should not be taken too seriously, we cannot forget that she still actually said it.

The crude comment made by Bynes to Rihanna was meant to incriminate Rihanna for Chris Brown’s abusive demeanor. This is, unfortunately, one of many incidents where the victim of domestic violence gets blamed for “provoking” the attacker. However, victim blaming is not limited to  blaming the victim simply for physical abuse. Victim blaming is a huge part of rape culture as well. The public constantly finds excuses as to why sexual assault occurs, and it usually puts emphasis on the actions of the victims rather than the attackers. Comments pertaining to victim blaming usually put emphasis on what the victim was wearing at the time of the attack and the location of the victim at the time of the attack. The victim is made to feel guilty about the incident and that they are to blame for what happened.

Victim blaming is an unhealthy practice for both the victim and the attacker. Because the victim knows that there is a possibility that (s)he will be blamed for what had happened, (s)he may feel reluctant to seek the help (s)he may need. This can include going to the hospital or even to the police to seek justice. Because rape culture tell victims they provoked the attacker because of the clothes (s)he was wearing, this may be interpreted by the attacker as granting permission to take a mini skirt as an open invitation for sex. It makes them believe that they have the right to do whatever they want to someone who is at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Unless you are specifically given permission  to have sex with someone, do not assume that it’s OK to voluntarily do so.

As for the comments made by Amanda Bynes to Rihanna, it’s no one’s fault but  Chris Brown’s. He made the conscious choice to do what he did, and by saying that it was Rihanna’s fault because she’s “not pretty enough” is just juvenile. When someone falls victim to an attack, the last thing they need is someone to tell them that it was their fault; that they provoked their attacker. What they need is all the support they can get because sexual assault or any type of assault can be very traumatizing.