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How's This For Girl Power?

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In thoroughly unsurprising news, Daily Telegraph reports that young British women (presumably teenagers) who watch music videos "featuring thin, glamorous models and pop stars" suffer from heightened body disgust after only ten minutes of viewing. Singled out for special treatment? "Girl-power" groups like The Pussycat Dolls (seen above right), Sugababes and Girls Aloud. In fact, these "singers" apparently have the same effect on impressionable young women as"skinny catwalk models" adds the paper. Oh well, we guess there's always Beth Ditto.

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Pop Videos 'Harm Girls' Self-Esteem' [DailyTelegraph]
Feminist Icon Praises NME's Beth Ditto Cover [NME]
Related: Dolls Clad In Feminism, And Hardly Anything Else [NYTimes]
Empowered? Try Nauseated [NYTimes]
Earlier: Memo To Women's Magazine Editors: White Women Hate Themselves After Reading Your Magazines
Year Of The Living Dolls

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I will confess it before the internet and the Almighty that I actually saw the PCDs live (they were the opening act for Xtina, who was awesome)...and seeing as only the tanorexic one in the middle sings (ALL the parts to ALL the songs) I was really just paying to watch a really, really bad striptease as an opener to Aguilera.

They talk about girl power, but there was a lot (and I mean A LOT) of gymnastic leg spreading, legs over head, dropping-it-like-it-is-hot, and whatnot...the front row must've had a regular gynocologist's view of the Dolls....maybe I'm a bad nu-feminist, but I still don't see the connection between female empowerment and aerial splits.