I wandered over from chuckdarwin's link to this entry.
Thanks for a most excellent statement illuminating an interesting disconnect...a thoughtprovoking start to my day.
Me, I'm all for woman expressing themselves however they deem appropriate, but they should truly understand the motivations for their choices and the full ramifications of those choices. Those that choose to embrace raunch for the sake of it's "power" are failing to truly step outside the general socialization of what women programmed to be...they are simply stepping from one end of the socialized continuum to the other.
Making that choice is to break free of one form of social control only to willingly take on the binding of another...one label for another...this is not truly empowerment, even if the individuals do experience a sense of freedom in their liberation from the initial form of social control.
Until women embrace the female libido, instead of working within the confines of the male gaze, there will not be a true balance of power along the sexual continuum.