On our Facebook Page we used to post a lot of sexy women, very sexy. One day, a follower sent us the following message:
“All this political awareness…but what about the social issues? like contributing to the idea that women are sex objects??? if a woman exploits herself…are u willing to help her do it? don’t we have an obligation to teach others respect for themselves? just wondering what u think about this..”
This was our response:
First, I agree that we all absolutely have a responsibility to uplift each other and helping someone to respect themselves is definitely an upliftment. The question on whether or not we would be willing to help a woman exploit herself is a loaded question. It depends on what you deem to be exploitation. I think a woman being sexy in moderation is a good thing, and I don’t mean going to a club dressed like you were lying on the beach, although a woman lying on the beach dressed like she is lying on the beach is a good thing also.
I remember growing up in Jamaica when songs like ‘Batty Rider’ and ‘Pum Pum shorts’ had the dancehalls in heat. Back then I would only dance with the girls that had on a batty rider. Was that helping the girl to exploit herself? When girls send us sexy pictures to post, are we helping to exploit these girls? I guess it all depends how you look at it. The bottom line answer is, women are not sexual objects and we would not deliberately contribute to such. I think 18 Karat Reggae has being doing its part to encourage the young ladies to have respect for themselves though. With that said I leave you with the lyrics from ‘Do you wanna live’ by Boom Viniyard the Rebel priest.
Wild roses from the ghettos
You rude as hell,why you won’t listen
You don’t want no disipline, you don’t want no principle
What’s up with you? What’s up with you?
So your smoking cigarettes, you drinking and you clubbing
You popping Ecstasy and you snorting cocaine
You no wear no underwear,you flex so obscene
I hope you live to see your sweet sixteen
Do You Wanna Live?
Tell me! Do you wanna live?
Living amongst the dead, you better know
You only killing yourself (2x)
Killing yourself,shaking your thing
Like a tambourine, those pretty legs
Dem always opening,you so beautiful
But your insides not clean
You pregnant with evil, you living a dream
Careless rose, inside you is a Queen
And she needs to live
We are intelligent beings
Stop bringing our nation down , with your careless living
For that ah bring down thing
Me sistren, this bitch is the system
That old dirty shitem
But we will be judged for our actions
Hope unuh a hear me kings
When momma don’t care
Sisters don’t know
And pappa queer
Brothers need a clue
Bagga bo just grow the queens
And JAH will see us through
JAH will see us through
If we want to live!
I’m killing myself
Giving myself unto woes
Smoking cigars, and drinking booze
Me can’t believe ah dis ah gwan, me mussy blown a fuse
Meditation bruise, Im singing the blues.