What is the Point, Christina Aguilera?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month as well as more than a dozen other designations:

  • Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

  • American Pharmacist Month

  • Apple Jack Month

  • Awareness Month

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • Clergy Appreciation Month

  • Computer Learning Month

  • Cookie Month

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month

  • Eat Country Ham Month

  • International Drum Month

  • Lupus Awareness Month

  • National Diabetes Month

  • National Pizza Month

  • National Vegetarian Month

  • National Popcorn Popping Month

  • Sarcastic Month

  • Seafood Month

I’m not quite sure who determines each “official” month designation, but it’s sad that something as important as domestic violence awareness has to share the stage with National Pizza Month, Eat Country Ham Month, National Popcorn Popping Month and International Drum Month. Susan G. Komen has done a great job of bringing awareness to breast cancer and rightly so. According to the American Cancer Society, “The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is about 1 in 8,” with over 226,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women being diagnosed annually.”

These are difficult statistics, especially if, like me, you have had a loved one die of breast cancer. But consider this:

According to the CDC, 1 in 4 women “have experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.” (HAVE EXPERIENCED, not the 1 in 8 that have a chance of being diagnosed with invasive breast cancer,” as the statistic shows above. And, measure the over 226,000 cases of new breast cancer diagnosis every year, against U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) estimates that between, “960,000 incidents of violence against a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend to 3 million women who are physically abused by their husband or boyfriend per year.”

THAT IS CRUSHING! DOJ statistics also note that “Women accounted for 85% of the victims of intimate partner violence, men for approximately 15%.”

My point in putting these two issues side by side is to make a point about Christina Aguilera’s new song, “Your Body.” Here’s some of the lyrics:

Came here tonight to get you out of my mind,
I’m gonna take what I find. (uh oh, yeah)
So open the box, don’t need no key I’m unlocked.
And I won’t tell you to stop. (uh oh, yeah)

(Hey boy)
I don’t need to know where you’ve been,
All I need to know is you and no need for talking.(hey boy)
So don’t even tell me your name,
All I need to Know is whose place,
And let’s get walkin’.

So, she doesn’t care who she picks up, doesn’t want to know his name, just where to go to have sex. There are so many things wrong with this scenario and no woman should ever think this is a good idea. In addition to diseases, rape and murder also come to mind – 1 in 4 “have experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.” – and some believe this number is low since many women refuse to prosecute.

I suppose that Aguilera might argue that her music video shows that she’s in charge because she apparently has sex with the strangers and then kills them. I don’t get it.

Let’s raise the bar for our daughters and talk to them about any thing that degrades them and any one.

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3 Comments to “What is the Point, Christina Aguilera?”

  1. Clearly, you haven’t done your research. Ms. Aguilera has been very vocal about her personal experience with domestic violence as a child at the hands of her father. She wrote two songs “I’m OK” and “Oh Mother” chronicling the abuse that she and her mother endured in the past. She also has worked with Women’s Shelter and Center of Greater Pittsburgh for close to a decade, visiting the center and donating about a quarter of a million dollars of her own money to them. http://www.wcspittsburgh.org/page.aspx?pid=352
    Next, time a little Google Search about Ms. Aguilera’s personal background would have avoided this fail of an article.

  2. Georgia,

    Thanks for your post. I am aware of her story of abuse and the songs. That being the case, why make “Your Body,” which was not even written by her? Why choose to glorify violence using red confetti and blue paint as blood? This song suggests that taking a guy home or perhaps even to going to his place (remember it implicitly suggests that she doesn’t want to know where he comes from or his name) for sex is the goal. Coming out about childhood abuse and then making a song like this is counter intuitive and negates any earlier suggestion that she is trying to bring more awareness to it. I don’t need to Google the past. I’m speaking about right now and “Your Body” makes a poor statement to young women who look up to her and may have even been through the same kind of challenges she has.

    Kathy

  3. Teodoro Stvrestil // April 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm // Reply

    Aguilera has been noted for her vocals, music videos and constant reinvention of her image. Her music discusses themes of her childhood, public scrutiny, and female empowerment. Her work has earned numerous awards and accolades, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Golden Globe Award nomination, four Grammy Awards, and one Latin Grammy Award. Aguilera has sold over 50 million albums worldwide.,

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