Aguilera has never shied away from selling her music
with overt sexuality, and she recently took yet another shimmy
away from her original straight-laced persona when she told
a UK interviewer that “Two women are way sexier than two
men in bed. We have a better feel for our bodies.”
went on to add, “I love experimenting with my sexuality.
Sex is a beautiful thing. I like having sex. It’s fun.”
one to be outdone, pop star and lesbian look-alike Pink recently
told the UK’s Heat Magazine “I’m trisexual.
I’ll try anything once.”
does this mean that Christina and Pink are finally coming out?
Or is it yet another example of pop stars exploiting lesbianism
believe it’s neither. Instead, Christina and Pink are following
in the footsteps of the many women before them — from
the leaders of the sexual revolution in the 1960s to Madonna
and Angelina Jolie in the
1990s — who have declared their love for and right to have
Women who, like Pink nor Christina, are not concerned with
identifying themselves as gay or straight; they are simply insisting
that they like to have sex, and it doesn’t matter whether
their partner is a man or a woman. It’s
the media that wants them to choose a box.
“I love experimenting with my sexuality,”
Christina told Zoo Magazine in January. “If that means
girls then so be it. It would be wrong to hide this side of
my personality.” This
is part of Christina’s overall attitude towards sex. “I
have casual sex, I love casual sex,” she said in the same
inteview, and continued. “What is so wrong with a 22-year-old
woman showing her sexuality? If people want to insult me, let
them. Call me a slag [British slang for a prostitute]. If being
a slag means being a strong woman, I’ll gladly be that.”
have to admire Christina’s gumption, since she obviously
recognizes that our society still adheres to a double standard
in which male promiscuity is expected but sexy women are castigated
as sluts, but refuses to let it control her.
Of course, Christina
definitely plays up her sex appeal at times to sell records
(witness last year’s kiss with
Madonna at the Video Music Awards), but she is arguably
controlling her image rather than being controlled by it.
is also very outspoken on issues of sexuality, calling women
“the sexiest creatures on the Earth”
and openly discussing her willingness to experiment. When asked
why she is often linked with lesbianism, Pink
answers, “I don’t know. I guess ‘cos I’m tough
(laughs). A lot of my friends are gay, most of my girlfriends
are. I don’t mind at all.” But frequent public displays
of affection with other women–like Pink’s kiss with Terminator
3 actress Kristanna Loken in Monte Carlo last October–may
have something to do with it, too.
Not that Pink bothers to
deny it: when asked about her kiss with Loken in an interview
with Q Magazine this month, for example, Pink responded, “Whatever
you saw, it all happened…. We just danced and she kissed
me. She tried to dominate me.” Then she added, “I
won’t be dominated.”
refreshing that Pink doesn’t mind being labeled a lesbian; she
does point out in the same interview that she still likes men,
but the fact remains that Pink is not frightened of the L word.
the lack of more than a few commercially
successful out lesbian and bisexual musicians is
frustrating, Pink and Christina’s acceptance of lesbianism and
lack of concern over whether she is perceived as gay shows that
the stigma surrounding homosexuality has certainly declined
in our society.
“People are getting a lot more open-minded
about people being gay,” Pink told The Sun. “I’m
really glad about that because I hate prejudice – I hate bullies.”
stigma surrounding women’s overt sexuality has declined
as well, but the recent brouhaha over Janet Jackson’s
breast misadventure at the Superbowl makes it clear that we
still have a long way to go.
people may yawn over Pink and Christina’s titillating
sex lives, or even relegate them to the category of publicity
stunt, but by insisting on their rights to sleep with whomever
they wish, by claiming a freedom that is generally only granted
to men, they are helping to create a more hospitable environment
for all forms of women’s sexuality.