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Is Rashida Jones being too judgey? Or is she saying what's secretly on everyone's mind? On Saturday, the Parks and Recreation star tweeted her thoughts about the current state of female celebrity. Her verdict? Ladies need to put some clothes on.
This week's celeb news takeaway: she who comes closest to showing the actual inside of her vagina is most popular. #stopactinglikewhores— Rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones) October 19, 2013
We admit that her hashtag -- "stop acting like whores" -- made us flinch. There's a big difference between, say, Lady Gaga doing a sexy magazine photo shoot, and a woman selling her body for money. There's no doubt that women's bodies are constantly being exploited by the entertainment industry, but does calling women "whores" really accomplish anything? There are bigger issues at work here, after all.
Fortunately, Jones, 37, took a moment to further explain herself.
Let me clarify. I don't shame ANYone for anything they choose to do with their lives or bodies...— Rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones) October 19, 2013
BUT I think we ALL need to take a look at what we are accepting as "the norm"...— Rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones) October 19, 2013
There is a whole generation of young women watching. Sure, be SEXY but leave something to the imagination.— Rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones) October 19, 2013
Let's do what Jones is suggesting, for a moment, and look at "what we are accepting as the norm." In celebrity news, we have Miley Cyrus in a sexy swimsuit (or nude), Kim Kardashian Instagramming her sideboob and famous derriere in a post-baby swimsuit-clad selfie, and Lady Gaga promoting her new single with a close-up of her butt in a thong. Yes, there are other women making news while fully clothed. But we see Rashida's point. A young girl could easily look at the news and get the message that, to be headline-worthy, women should take their clothes off. It's getting to the point where female celebs getting naked is par for the course; it's not even shocking anymore. It's expected of famous women. And that's really not okay.
Fortunately, there are also women like Rashida Jones, who manage to do okay in Hollywood without putting their boobs before their talent. It's not that Miley is wrong and Rashida is right. It's that women should be able to choose how much of their bodies they show at any given time. That choice should be respected, and it shouldn't determine how far they go in their careers. Makes sense, right?
Jones also had one more suggestion to share on Twitter:
Also, calling on all men to show me dat ass— Rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones) October 19, 2013
A few more naked male celebrities wouldn't solve the problem -- but it couldn't hurt, right? We're with Rashida: let's level that playing field!