Copyright © Hannah White 2014
(aka 'The things I would really
like people to talk about')
OK so I have my own opinions on Miley Cyris' sexually loaded video for her latest single release, and I read Sinead O'Connor's address to the singer with absolute admiration for the caring heads-up she offered with utter suspended judgement. Women in the public domain are role models and for that reason are quite rightly the focus of debate. So please don't misunderstand the point I am about to make. Let it be clear: I am grateful for the conversation, I am simply not convinced it's the right one.
(oops...sorry if I offend)
When push comes to shove slagging off other women for objectifying themselves* (*interchangeable with any of the following: being too sexually aggressive, too submissive, too mumsy, not being maternal enough, for neglecting themselves, harping on about feminism) does not advance womens causes in anyway. It actually does the opposite.
Focussing on the choices of individuals undermines the role of culture and society on attitudes towards and against women. Individualising the objectification of women does not address the pressure most of us feel to be slim and attractive. I believe that all women have the right to do with their bodies as they wish. If a woman wants to sexualise herself then it is her right to do so and is irrelevant to the wider objectification debate.
Please let us celebrate each other and stick to challenging culture as a whole instead.
Hannah White's single Almost Christmas Day as featured on the BBC Mark Forrest evening show is available to download via all major online music retailers.
This track is not just a Christmas song. Produced by Gerry Diver (of Sam Lee's Mercury nominated album 'A Ground of Its Own', and Lisa Knapp's MOJO award winning album 'A Branch of May' as well as her BBC 2 Folk award nominated album 'A Hidden Seam), Almost Christmas Day has all the angst and festive folklore of the most enduring seasonal songs but tells a story that can be appreciated all year round.
Emily Baker is a British singer songwriter, a feminist and a great thinker. Please take a moment to find out more about her here:
Last year Emily brought together a group of artists, songwriters and performers to support the women of Pussy Riot who were at the time imprisoned. Hannah White wrote The Stand with fellow artist, Rosie Bans. Despite being granted amnesty it remains extremely important to get behind the members of Pussy Riot and other portesters and to support their right to freedom of speech and peaceful protest free from risk of imprisonment. This song was a contribution to London's Festival of Protest Performance Hard to Resist: A Short, Sharp Festival of Protest