Because I work out and try (and largely fail) to do some difficult core moves, I understand just how hard P!nk’s performance at the Grammys the other night was. And, as if that weren’t hard enough, she did it without lip syncing. If you watch the entire performance (click here to watch), she’s actually singing that song while she does all that stuff. And the only time you’ll hear her start to breathe even a little heavy is right at the end. And I didn’t catch that until about the fourth time I watched it.
I would need a bionic exoskeleton to even begin to do the things she did in that performance. The shot below isn’t a movement shot. She and Unnamed Hunky Guy actually held that pose. It’s safe to say that P!nk is banned from Dancing with the Stars.
So all that having been said, all that respect and adulation given, P!nk was incredibly hott during that number. I mean hawt. To quote the great Frank Barone, “Holy crap!” That kind of hot.
It’s not by accident. Sex sells. But the kind of sexiness displayed above is far different than the sexiness displayed with Beyonce and JayZ at the beginning of the ceremony. Yeah, Beyonce could be sexy in an oversized sweat suit, fresh out of bed reading the phone book. But it was different with P!nk. There was another dimension to it. She wasn’t just sexy because she looked sexy.
All of this comes against the backdrop of the questions about female nudity in the HBO show Girls. When a reporter asked the show’s star Lena Dunham, how come the characters are naked so often, she–and pretty much the rest of the show’s entourage, pretty much called him a misogynist.
Call me creepy, but if a woman walks around on TV naked, I’m gonna notice. I’m a heterosexual guy. It’s my job, just like killing insects and never stopping to ask for directions. The only hetero guy at the Grammys who didn’t find P!nk hot was Stevie Wonder, but he’s still giving his acceptance speech from his best album win in 1976.
I’m not saying that I, as an adult male, have it tough. I don’t have to deal with sexual harassment at work. I never had someone dismiss me during a meeting, out of hand, because I’m a woman. And I don’t have to wear heels because society expects it.
But if I were a teenaged boy, I’d struggle with these things. On the one hand, woman are first and foremost people, and they need to be respected beyond the way they fill out a pair of jeans. I’m not supposed to see women as sex objects. On the other hand, they’re wearing these damned tight jeans and it seems like every time I turn on TV (except Mike and Molly), I see stuff like the pictures displayed above.
Oh, and I’m fifteen and filled with hormones and everything is sexy.
This isn’t a she’s wearing tight jeans so I’m not responsible post. It’s a post about conflicting messages, which were crystallized in my reaction to P!nk. Because the performance was amazing, and that’s one of the reasons it was sexy.
Sigh. Now I have to go to confession.