The degradation of women in popular culture is a concept almost as old as “popular culture” itself, and actress Rashida Jones‘ Glamour essay on the topic rightfully drew a good bit of attention this weekend.
It’s easy, as a casual observer, to see society’s endless march forward as a gradual descent into (as Jones puts it) “the pornification of everything.”
That’s not to say that brands and public personalities haven’t been using sex to sell things for time immemorial; it’s just that the act of doing so is more brazen now than ever before, especially when the product on offer is the individual him/herself. Jones writes:
“Stripper poles, G-strings, boobs, and a lot of tongue action were all now normal accessories for mainstream pop stars.
Across the board the Instamessage seemed to be: ‘You know you want to have sex with me. Here, take a look at lots of parts of my body.’”
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?