Contributed by StayGoneBeautiful:
I have to say that I appreciate the support that I got from some members, and even the criticisms I received from the others. If lowering standards is Christina Aguilera’s bag, then she should go for it. But it would seem that instead of wanting to be equal to men, she should want to be better, bigger, and more dignified. God know she’s more talented than most of the male artists out there and can definitely hold her own. Instead of prancing around half-naked, find another method of edifying and empowering women. Men have gotten away with objectifying and exploiting women for far too long, that’s true, but it’s because women have allowed it. The women in those videos, and artists like Christina and the others that I mentioned are the ones that allow it. I’m not saying that it’s wrong for Christina to enjoy her sexuality, and attempt to challenge antiquated ideas. I believe Christina is a wonderful person, but she doesn’t represent me. If you agree with her completely, that’s fine. There were a few members who got a little miffed at me, and I can honestly say that I don’t care. I know what I said is valid. I’m just saying that I’m not down with it. But, I do want to end this with an encouragement for EVERYONE: “Stand up for what you believe in, even if you’re standing alone.”
I knew that when I wrote that article, every member wouldn’t agree with me. There would be the hardcore “X-tina” fans who wouldn’t fail to call me out of my name and naturally would miss the point, and those people who, like Christina, enjoy challenging the conventional way of thinking. Also, I’d like to add that although I find it a bit repulsive, MTV had a moral responsibility to subject its viewing audience to Christina’s video in its entirety. If you can show that filthy Juvenile(99) video for example, then you can show Christina’s not-as-offensive video. Some members’ comments (i.e. rachel, babet) helped me see that some of my views were a bit misguided.