find it encouraging" that women "exploit [themselves] sexually.Perhaps she feels that lyrics and talent, not sex, should sell music. To be fair, the topics of the songs by all the female singers are often similarly predicable on the topic of disappointed love, and the lack of variety and female independence is discouraging. Not as discouraging, though, as some of the defenses of Madonna and Gaga. While Whoopi Goldberg wished everyone could "live in peace" and do their own thing, Iliza Shlesinger slammed Adele, saying that she only dresses more modestly than the other singers because she is overweight and envious. When a woman has a job to do or children to raise, making sure she has six-pack abs and a leather catsuit probably aren't priorities. Yes, of course she should take care of herself, but it should be for her well-being, not for the approval - or arousal - of others. It is possible to respect your body and feel confident about it without exposing it, because your body is not something everyone deserves to see. Besides that, women should be valued for more than just their physical appearance, especially in the workplace. Once, signs and buttons urged employers to hire women for their skills, not their sex appeal, but some celebrities are more than willing to counteract that effort. A role model should be healthy, but health in every respect of the word - healthy in body and in her attitude towards the world. An attitude of using her body for attention and advancement is not healthy, and neither is focusing more on physical appearance than actual contributions to society.
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