An Irish Lesbian's thoughts and observations…

Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless is tackling the portrayal of lesbians in the media in her latest track. I love the moment at the end when the two ladies we thought were lesbians hold up a sign asking “Is this what you wanted to see?”. This aims to shock the audience into thinking about the images we are constantly sent by the media. It seems to have become popular to see heterosexual women kissing each other in music videos but this is something Taylor is not happy about! The video also tackles the issues of money, greed and how women are seen in society. The women featured are dressed in bikinis with one of them standing with “Not a whore” written on het back. This is to emphasise the idea that seeing women’s bodies is appealing but when they wear revealing clothes they are deemed as sluts. Taylor herself is normally seen dressed in dark clothing however here she’s seen wearing brighter colours as a sarcastic way of doing exactly what the mainstream world often wants to see.

Comments on: "Do you want to see me naked? The media does!" (4)

  1. Actually, I was just thinking about it…we did play with this absolutely fantastic band, Big Beat Manifesto ( who have an excellent a female trombone player.


  2. The representation of women in media is such a difficult obstacle course to navigate. As a musician, I have to think about how I look far more than my male counter-parts. I have been playing with a female band recently and it has been really tough. We are actually very unusual on the London circuit – to my surprise. I didn’t realise how sexist and narrow things were. For example, we haven’t yet meant another band with even one female instrumentalist (i.e. other than a sexy female singer). Of course there must be loads of female musicians, it is just that every other woman who has performed at the gigs have been virtually, and actually in many cases, a model. I am just a musician – a really good musician – but not particularly beautiful, not particularly thin and definitely not particularly feminine. Actually, I don’t mind. I dont care about these things – I just love music. But it is hard to have one’s own sense of self, when we are bombarded to be a certain way all the time. The sexism we have been faced with is outrageous – sound checks etc…Men and guitars!


    • I really empathise with your situation. Female musicians are certainly rare which is such a pity. I actually get excited when I hear of females because they’re not easy to find. I wonder if there is a certain amount of unintentional intimidation from the male side of music which puts women off? Or perhaps it’s hard to be taken seriously by both your peers and audience?
      Nevertheless, well done to you for stepping out into the music world regardless! It’s hard to be taken seriously, I imagine, when the expectation is constantly there to look ‘perfect’. I even notice it as a female in general. I’m no supermodel myself and I sometimes feel like I’m overlooked in some group conversations by both men and women in favour of better looking females. That’s a whole other issue though!
      Keep being you and doing what you love. The world will catch up with you eventually.


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