Am I acting like a lady? #RESPECT

With life and all of its responsibilities, its no wonder you may not have ever given thought about what it means to be a lady.  Being female is a genetic assignment beyond our control. Being a woman only requires us to live long enough to escape adolescence. However, being a "lady" is optional at any age.  So, what thoughts should come into play when you think about what it is a woman? That is the question to ponder.  

Consider the age we live in of social media and lives being an open book.  The messages sent are all a representation of who you are and how people should treat you.  The objective is to have respect for your intelligence, sensitive and all around beautiful nature. It is all relative to a life of total wellness and healthy living. 

Wellness includes the things we can do to be healthier like exercise, meditation, and choosing love over fear.  It also requires excluding toxicity in our minds, bodies, and experiences. Much of what is negative surrounding us every day may go unnoticed .if we are unaware of what things represent or relate. 

Some background: possible influences..."I want my MTV!"

Comparatively, kids of the 1980s experienced pop music as almost purely an audio experience. The only visual they had to go along with the music might have been simply album covers and inside photos, or a poster is proudly hanging on the bedroom wall.  Not all lived near a concert venue, where they might have even seen their pop idol perform their favorite songs live.

Then came new things in pop culture; television channels that dedicated itself entirely to showing music videos. MTV was an overnight sensation that captured every teenager's imagination and many hours intended for homework. MTV provided a space for a kind of renaissance in American art forms of film, fashion, style, and choreographed dance performance. 

Rapidly, pop music evolved into a visual experience as it was once only an audio one. Often, music videos secured the song and its singer on the pop charts, even if the song itself was not good. Pop culture now included visual to the audio when thinking about music.

Transitioning into the era that sex sells, here was every singer's chance to display their beautiful, sexy artistry. Suddenly it was almost more important for an artist also to be able to dance and thereby incorporate sexy dance moves. While this has always been true throughout the history of Broadway musical theater performers, it was not always the case for pop stars.

Fast forward to today, and the pendulum just might be swinging back toward a more reasonable place. However, we have had years of pop stars simulating sex acts both on their videos and in live performances.  Lyrics are misogynistic, encouraging males to treat females with disrespect and even physical abuse. Some of the performers' lives imitate their art. Other verses sing the praises of a variety of drugs, a kind of consumption most young people in the prime of their lives can hardly afford to buy, much less risk overdosing.

Sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. I get it. However, the music scenes of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, as bawdy and wild as they may have been, never imagined the dark elements we have today.  To be continued.

Header Photo by Christopher Ayme on Unsplash