Well this is definitely good news if you're one of those parents who worries about your kids watching music videos on T.V....the country music ladies have been proven to be a pretty darn squeaky clean bunch of singers....at least in music videos.
Cynthia Frisby, an associate professor of strategic communication in the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and Jennifer Aubrey, an associate professor in the department of communication in the University of Missouri College of Arts and Science, recently did a study to try and get a grasp on the problem of women sexually objectifying other women and themselves in music videos.
We all know that male singers generally like to get the sexiest, most scantily clad women they can to bump, grind, and do whatever else in their videos, but what about the women?These two ladies wanted to find out how much of a problem it was with women singers and what impact the portrayals of women in their music videos might be having on kids, especially girls, who watch them.
“The images coming from these music videos are very powerful and influential,” Frisby said. “Young audiences may interpret these sexually objectifying images as important ways to be seen as attractive and valuable to society, especially with how pervasive these videos are throughout our culture.”
What they found is that in most cases, women performers were just as guilty, and sometimes more so, as the men in portraying themselves and other women in less than wholesome ways....except when it came to the classy women in country music.
For their study, Frisby and Aubrey reviewed all “Billboard Top 10” music videos from 2006-2010. They found that out of three main genres of music (country, pop, and hip hop/R&B), female artists in country music videos were the least likely to portray any type of sexuality. They also found that pop music videos were more likely to contain female artists engaging in sexualized dance than hip hop/R&B videos.
I guess it just goes to show you that sometimes less is definitely more. Way to go all you sexually unobjectifying little ladies of country music!
You can read more about this study on the LA Times.