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Sound Off: Are Women Expressing Their Sexuality Publicly Hurting the #MeToo Movement?

People around the world are well aware of the #MeToo movement that started in 2017, resulting in countless women and men coming to the forefront to tell their stories about sexual assault. While this movement is definitely a good one and has led to the exposure of many sexual offenders, it has also set the stage for some backlash towards women expressing their sexuality publicly.

When looking at social media and the latest music videos, we see women enjoying their bodies, showing some skin, and expressing their sexuality. The question that has arisen, however, is whether this is actually hurting the #MeToo movement and women around the world more than it is helping it.

Earlier this week, Billboard reported that rapper Cardi B got some serious backlash from columnist Stephanie Hamill about her feature in the latest music video for City Girls’ song Twerk. The backlash seemed to have mostly resulted from Cardi allegedly wearing only body paint in some parts of the video. The video also features numerous women, all dressed in bikinis, twerking. Hamill took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the video.

Cardi B did indeed not waste any time in letting her opinion be heard on the matter, replying that the video shows that she and other women are allowed to wear whatever they want. She also posed the question of whether twerking and being half naked means that she deserves to get raped and molested. Hamill replied, saying that no always means no, no matter what, but emphasized that videos like these sexually objectify women and that it is hurting the #MeToo movement’s cause.

This brings us to a very controversial question: do music videos like these objectify women? Is it hurting the #MeToo movement, or does these type of videos actually help the movement by showing that women aren’t scared to show off their bodies anymore?

Some might argue that women twerking half naked in public is encouraging people to sexually objectify them, even if this might not have been the intention of the women in question at all. On the other hand, others may argue that these type of videos are exactly what empowering women is all about – twerking, enjoying your body, and having fun are what the music video seems to convey. It is an all-women cast, which might be trying to emphasize that this is women, this is them having fun. It might not be for everyone, but for those who can find a message of empowerment in it, all the hype might just be worth it.

One thing that is and will always remain unnegotiable is that sexual assault can never be blamed on the way a woman decides to dress. Even though Hamill and Cardi B have their differences on the matter, both of them still agree on this, at least.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Sound off in the comments!

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    Kat

    January 26, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    I watched it and was just in awe that they can move their bodies like that (because I cannot lol)

    I have no idea what this has to do with the me too movement, which is about consent and treating women like people and not objects. I don’t think dancing in any form makes you more of an object than a person and no matter how you decide to express yourself, your consent still matters.

    1. Marica Laing

      Marica Laing

      January 26, 2019 at 1:44 pm

      Same! I need someone to teach me how to dance like that! And I totally agree with you – your consent always matters no matter what.

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    Lisa Sherratt

    January 26, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    It’s a really interesting one, the moves themselves are women using their bodies extrovertly and celebrating that they can move that way… The camera angles however definitely seem to be intentionally provocative so it is understandable that depending on how you look at it there is definitely some objectifying…..however the song is called “Twerk” right? And that’s what they’re doing so erm… It’s just a dance move! It has nothing to do with the “metoo” movement it’s just dancing, if dancing is taken by a “predator” as a come on then they are the wrong ones not the women dancing!

    1. Marica Laing

      Marica Laing

      January 28, 2019 at 4:58 am

      I agree 100%!

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    Kathleen

    January 26, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    That’s the thing, we should be able to twerk it, dance around naked, do whatever WE want and it have nothing to do with the #metoo movement. #gocardib #doyougirl #medoingmehasnothingtodowithyou

    1. Marica Laing

      Marica Laing

      January 28, 2019 at 4:58 am

      Amen sister!

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    Dawn

    January 30, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Women dancing is no different than women doing gymnastics, or playing volleyball, or hockey, or rock climbing, or chasing a toddler. It’s women using their bodies in ways their bodies allow (though sometimes the bodies complain the next day!). And whether I’m in a bikini, or yoga pants, or fifteen layers of fleece, it’s still mine to do with what I will, thank you very much.

    1. Marica Laing

      Marica Laing

      January 30, 2019 at 9:52 am

      Oh yes! Serving a dose of realness right here!

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    Meredith

    January 30, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    It’s always interesting how in society if a woman is sexual in any manner, the conversation immediately goes to that she therefore has no right to safety or to speak up for herself. Which is the complete opposite of men. We are inundated in society with their sexuality and prowess, it’s become a norm of our culture and celebrated, and yet no one once questions their right to safety or to speak up for themselves. Lil Wayne appears bare chested in a video (which some could define as half-dressed or naked) and raps about his sexual conquests and he’s celebrated in the charts and media. Cardi B appears partially dressed herself and raps about sex or her body and she’s shamed for it and held to task for the #MeToo movement. Also, empowerment takes many forms. If male rappers are objectifying, sexualizing, dehumanizing, etc. women in their video, female rappers owing their sexuality and bodies is way for them to take back their own power and control and hope to control the narrative. End of the day, being sexual in any manner you as a consenting adult chooses does not equate to you losing, or being responsible for your loss of, safety, right to not be harassed or assaulted, to speak up for yourself, etc.

    1. Marica Laing

      Marica Laing

      February 6, 2019 at 9:56 am

      I love your take on this, and I totally agree that women owning their bodies and sexuality as seen in the video might be their way of sending out the message that they are taking back their power.

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    Kara

    January 30, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Somehow women have been brainwashed into thinking it is our job to control a mans thoughts. The “boys will be boys” mind set has prevailed for so long. Men are perfectly capable of self control. Think whatever you like, regardless of gender, just know that not everything you think needs to be spoken.

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      Dawn

      January 30, 2019 at 7:52 pm

      AND… the women of today, who are becoming brave enough to say “Enough”.. are raising sons to be the men of tomorrow. There are men who are capable of self control. More are coming….

    2. Marica Laing

      Marica Laing

      February 6, 2019 at 9:59 am

      Agreed!

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