Gee when an American superstar said this the right wing attacked her for being a bimbo. Now let's see what happens when a Muslim woman says the same thing.
Muslim pop singer Deeyah has irked the Muslim world with her provocative new music video that shows her stripping off a burka to reveal her bikini-clad body. Deeyah claims, the video, What will be? deals with Muslim women's rights and female empowerment, as it also features Muslim women who have fought for freedom of expression.
Once again the body is the centre of politics and theology, the body not as self ownership of ourselves but as a commodity. And it is as much objectification of womens bodies, by declaring them sexual and evil, to say must be covered up or to say they should be exploited in bathing suit beauty contests. 'Beauty' contests remain a commodifcation of women and their bodies as much as covering them up. Again the message is that women are objects, not subjects, of desire. And in order to be desirable an entire industry exists to recreate women in some male ideal image.
And even bikini wearing singers in music videos as brave and liberating as that is remains with the limits of objectification. But it is step towards womens liberation even within these limits.
To resist the reactionary attitudes against our bodies and against the myth of the fall of Eve, which is the source of patriarchical monotheisms fear and hatred of the body, is to accept the body as natural. The only radical ideology that does is naturism which of course is still taboo even in the west. Which is why nudes sell magazines.
"You expel nature with a pitchfork, but it just comes back."
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