Pink and Christina Talk About Sex

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Christina

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.”

She

went on to add, “I love experimenting with my sexuality.

Sex is a beautiful thing. I like having sex. It’s fun.”

Not

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.”

So

does this mean that Christina and Pink are finally coming out?

Or is it yet another example of pop stars exploiting lesbianism

for profit?

I

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

sex.

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.”

You

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.



Pink

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

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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.”

It’s

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.

Although

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.”

The

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.

Some

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.

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