No, not the sort that you put in the toaster that spring up warm and jammy in the middle. The sort who strut their increasingly uncovered stuff on stages and screens while pouting at and singing to the camera/ audience.
Normally on this blog I don't venture into serious topics too often, preferring to keep things light and amusing, but I have decided to veer off topic today and write about something which as a mother is increasingly concerning me.
I would really like your feedback at the end.
Last week I read about an open letter the Irish singer Sinead O'Connor wrote to a young American singer called Miley Cyrus, who has achieved dubious international attention after a provocative performance at a televised American awards ceremony where she gyrated with a male performer dressed only in a nude-coloured bra and pants (her, not the bloke).
Sinead's point was this: that young women who perform explicit routines of this nature wearing next to nothing are not (as they may like to consider themselves) liberated and in control, but instead are pawns manipulated by record industry bosses who subscribe to the view that sex sells more than musical ability does.
I watched the performance that kicked all of this off on you tube and afterwards found myself wondering how we have got to a point where something as sexually explicit as this is considered suitable material to be performed on a mainstream stage in front of children.
The girl involved clearly thinks she has done nothing wrong, that dancing like this in her knickers in front of millions is normal. The TV executives evidently feel they have done nothing wrong in promoting the routine by facilitating its broadcast round the world. The (older) male singer she performed with clearly didn't think there was anything wrong with it judging from the way he followed her around the stage, and undoubtedly there were those in the crowd watching who found the whole thing thrilling too.
Me? I found it distasteful, tawdry and depressing. It's not all that long ago that women fought to get the vote in this country, to stop being viewed largely as a female body that was good for little more than home-making and breeding children. They fought for the right to have their voices and opinions heard, and to witness a teenager with a legion of fans (many of them doubtless young girls) translate this into donning a bra and pants and writhing suggestively round an older man while a crowd watched, whistled and screamed was depressing.
As a mother I disliked it intensely. Increasingly it seems this kind of rubbish is being presented and peddled to our children as "normal." Last week Annie Lennox gave an interview in which she denounced the growing trend for pop videos to be little more than porn. A comment left at the end of the piece mentioned scientific studies of the developing brain which demonstrate chemical changes in the brains of children who have been exposed to these kinds of images from a young age. They were not healthy or positive changes, and that is bad news for all of us.
I don't want my boys watching this kind of very explicit stuff at twelve and fourteen. I don't want them growing up with unrealistic images or expectations of what women are and how men relate to them because the pop industry thinks it's ok to serve up a young girl in her underwear and film her gyrating round an older man.
I feel a letter to my MP coming on.....
Let me know what you think.