Thursday, 20 September 2001

Sex, music and politics

Listening to:

Ella Fitzgerald singing Just one of those things, by Cole Porter. I saw what I assume is a new pop album by Kylie Minogue being advertised in a record shop’s window on the way into town this morning. The poster was a side-on view of her in a skimpy outfit displaying a lot of leg. Well sure, say I, if you can add a bit of sex to your product, you may make that little bit more appealing and sell a little more. But really, what’s on sale here, the body or the music?

I’m sure Kylie Minogue doesn’t feel that she’s being exploited, and being exploited is really in the eye of exploitee, so all power to her. However, it is a comment on the superficiality of the pop world. Just how many unattractive women pop-singers are there? (In the boy band world, all the men are smooth-faced and good-looking, but elsewhere there doesn’t seem to be much restriction.)

At least Ella Fitzgerald established her (well-deserved) reputation in the era before TV.

A couple of links on last week:

  • Should the WTC be rebuilt? A negative view from a couple of architects who are convinced that skyscrapers are outmoded and generally bad for the world.
  • A British perspective on “fighting terror” from Salon. The author points out that dealing with terrorists is not easy, and takes a good long time. Finishes with: Do Richard Perle or Ann Coulter believe that we Brits would have won our war [in Northern Ireland] if we’d bombed Dublin, Boston and New York?

    By way of context, Ann Coulter famously said We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity, but I don’t know what Richard Perle may or may not have said.