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Hi, I'm Lyndsey. I'm a 36 year old Mum from Wales. I have a Masters Degree in Marketing Communications and Public Relations and put it to good use in my work as a freelance Marketing & PR consultant. I also work part time as a fundraising coordinator for a Welsh charity which I absolutely love!! With two jobs, two children, two cats and a handsome man, lets just say I'm a busy lady. 
From 2006-2008, I wrote a column for the Denbighshire Free Press. I was so proud of the feedback I got for this, even the one angry ‘You Suck’ letter to the editor cheered me up no end; it showed that people took notice of what little ol’ me had to say. It’s good to know that people give a rat’s ass either way! So, succumbing to requests from my former fan club (ok, overstating there – readers who had nothing better to do on a Thursday afternoon) under the March 2014 archive you will find a selection of my early Free Press articles. I’d love to hear what you think on any of the subjects raised…you know, rat’s ass either way feedback ;-)

Friday, 28 March 2014

Porno Pop

“I like big butts and I cannot lie” in a “thong, thong, thong, thong, thong” so “lick my lollipop” till “I can get my satisfaction”.  Are you feeling uncomfortable reading this yet?  This is just a selection of songs offered up to me from the multiples of music channels on digital TV.  Fine if not blimmin fantastic if I was a bloke over the age of 13, but not as a Mum channel hopping in order to find some songs suitable for my 3 & 5-year-old children to dance to.  Unless of course, I am happy for social services to pay a visit.

My kids, like me, enjoy boogieing round the living room but they have now reached the age of asking “Why?”  So if we are lucky enough to have come across an ancient Kylie Minogue track we bop our little butts off but guaranteed the very next track will involve at least six women on screen waving their butts at us.  Que “Why?” here is an edited version of question time during boogie interval due to Mum’s SAS style dive for the remote control causing battery fallout instead of shutdown.

Son “why is that lady not wearing any knickers”
Mum “She is Son, just very small ones”
Daughter “Why do they wiggle their bums like that”
Mum “because they can’t dance as good as you sweetie”
Son “Why are those girls snogging”
Mum “They are just sharing lipstick honey”
And so it goes on but I am fast running out of PG rated answers!

Yesterday on VH1 Classics, Samantha Fox was bouncing around begging “Touch me, I wanna feel your body” and I happily let my little innocents copy her dance moves and sing along “Touch me, I wanna be Barney” as it was the only music video involving clothes.  I remember the fuss that was made when that song was first released.  It was banned in several countries for being too provocative.  Of course that was back in the day when family values and morals were of paramount importance before the watershed.

Back then questions never occurred like “Mum, do your boobies have sticky out bits like hers?” reply “Only if I flick em” not the best of answers as now my midgets have developed a flicking fascination to the point where I have resorted to padded bras for the first time in six years. 

I discussed the issue of ‘porno pop’ with my friend Mel.  As a mother of 2 children of a similar age to mine, she completely agreed that the whole Bump & Grind scene should be renamed Bush & Gusset as it seems to be more about shock video tactics than good song making now, after all, aren’t the main bulk of chart hits just regurgitated 80’s efforts with a bit of lewd rap thrown into the mix?  We laughed till we cried as Mel demonstrated the dance moves that her daughter had entertained the family with earlier that week.  Lets just say that all her 5-year-old needed was a pole and a push up bra to make a convincing extra in a Snoop Dog video.  We had to laugh but the undertones were actually very scary.

My daughter has been taken on by a prestigious talent agency and from September she will be put forward for castings.  I thought that as she is so passionate about performing I should give her as many opportunities as I can, but as I write this I can’t help but wonder ‘do I really want her in such an industry?’  If this is where so called creativity has sunk to, where can it go from here?

Sex sells; a basic fact!  If daytime viewing has equaled the kind of smut which we used to have to wait past midnight for the 10 minute freeveiw for (What, just me too cheap to pay for the channel?) then what can possibly be offered as ‘shock video’ by the time my daughter is old enough to dance in them?

I’m far from being a prude, hell I can easily make boys blush but I do wonder, since the music industry’s main profits are made up from children’s pocket money, why then do they use soft porn to promote it?  A British couple were recently in court charged with having sex while a child watched via webcam.  Our children’s musician idols don’t seem to have far left to descend before committing that same crime.  Is it acceptable if it is thinly disguised as art? Hhmm a debate for Akon perhaps.  The rapstar who recently simulated sex on stage for a crowd of thousands, with a 14-year-old child. 

Ok, I know it has always been the way of the world to use women’s bodies to make money but surely there should be a watershed for these videos so that responsible mothers around the world can let their children enjoy music without having to answer questions like “why doesn't she pull her wedgie out?" 

Image courtesy of www.fanpop.com

2 comments:

  1. Hi Lyndsey!
    Check out Lauren Laverne's interview with Caitlin Moran on Woman's Hour Takeover. It explores how she deals with porno pop as a mum to young children. Really is genius and funny :)
    Christina.

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    1. Thanks Christina. I'm a fan of Lauren Laverne so will check out women's hour immediately. I appreciate it :-)

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