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ryan

Totally agree. Most reviewers can't seem to see past their narrow-minded blinkers as far as Ms. Jackson is concerned. I wish I knew why.

Susan

Great commentary. I have long despised EW's music coverage. Every week I get to the music review section and throw the magazine across the room in frustration. The coverage is heavy on generalizations and judgements based on almost everything besides the actually music and way short on actual criticism. They really need to be called on it and I appreciate you doing so here.

RD

There were creepy lyrics on Damita Jo? Where? I missed them!

bigpikchur.blogspot.com

Once again your review of a review is spot-on. I love this blog for many reasons, but that is in the top 3, to be sure. I just made a 'BANG' cd mix (sexified songs that set the mood for, well, you get the idea) over on my blog and I hope when I'm 40-something that I'm still inspired enough to do the same thing. Fingers crossed, for real.
Jules
House of Jules

chelsea g

Bless you. Seriously. Only a sanctimonious bitch who fears a) growing old and b) sex that defies vanilla boundaries would write a review that manages deftly to marry ageism and sexism with such high-handed blindness.

Thanks for calling Ms Watson and EW on their collective shit. It's one thing to not like a song or a singer; it's quite another for one to express one's dislike in these terms.

Laura

Soooo nicely put. You are so right - I'm sure she wouldn't have said the same thing about a man. I wonder how old this Margeaux Watson is...perhaps over 41?

Kristi

Thank you for standing up for us ancient of days forty somethings who still enjoy some variety with our sex lives. It's refreshing to see someone not yet thirty get that. I sure didn't before I was thirty.

ATSWU!

Yeah, I myself, feel like i've heard it all before, and i AM over it as far as hearing Penny Woods sing about getting tied up, down and around, spanked and licked and teased, and extolling the joys of fellatio, et cetera....so that's why despite my grandiose love for Jan, she ain't getting nann of my money for this CD (i was too through with her S&M lite bit back when All For You came out...and the two records that followed that one only solidified my belief that homegirl can't dare make a record no mo' without the majority of it being sex-talk based)...but all that said, i love her like Aretha lovs Spaghetti strap ballgowns and no brassieres. I will jam endlessly to anything of hers i hear at the club (yes, the Cluuub)or on the radio, and just the sheer fact that her last name is what it is means she could never, ever, ever be on my shit list.

Still, its not about age to me, because homegirl is foine in her early 40's-but i sincerely wish she'd make one album-just ONE-where she didn't coo about p-p-p-pp-puttin' it in her mouth. C'mon, Janet. Sing about something else every once in awhile. Just try it!

Please. :(

nOva

Sex is not an immature topic for any singer, it's only a matter of how it's executed.

I cannot think of a single person that has objected to Janet's explicitness and innuendo. In fact, most people like that about her. And I don't think it's fair that the EW reviewer implied her new material (as far as subject matter) is attempting to be on par with Rihanna and Beyonce. My god. Beyonce rarely invokes sex but when she does it's rather classy, playful and most of all, adult. Rihanna- never. And I hope not ever.

Furthermore, I totally agree with your conceit that the older an artist is, the more qualified they are to sing about sex. I'd rather hear it from Janet than, say, Soulja Boy.

imdone

great insight. i'm hoping you e-mail that to Ms. Watson as well - she probably thinks no one over 41 (which i'm assuming she is) should read blogs.

gigies

I would just like to point out that Madonna and Prince still make tons and tons and tons of money of talking dirty and singing about sex.
So why shouldn't Janet Jackson? What the fuck else is she going to sing about?

Steven.

Even though I read the review, I understand what she's getting at (even though she can't say it in a straightforward manner): Janet has got to move on, and sing about other things besides sex.

Whatever.

As long as the songs don't suck (tee hee), I'll keep buying her albums.

Fuck, I bought 20 Y.O., so what does that say about me?

Ian

OFF TOPIC: Rich, did you catch the Celine CBS special last night?! AMAZING!

"I might not be dat great wit de hip-hop music...."

Ummmm

margeaux is my homegirl and she is only 31. ima call her right now

sean

We should all look like JJ at 41. She's dead sexy, with kind of an Anne Margaret thing going on. Who the hell cares what she sings about....it's pop music, for crying out loud.

Tanith

Discipline and Punish.

"The judges of normality are present everywhere." -- Foucault

Brandon H

It's sad to here that she's releasing yet another disappointing album. I think I'm the only person who likes Feedback anyway.

Tanith

Wait -- Is your new "My Hero" Jermaine Dupri during one of their bondage sessions?

nidra

Rich, get over yourself. That EW reviewer is right on point. No self-respecting 40+-year-old woman should be talking about, let alone singing about, anything of a sexual nature. They shouldn't even be having sex. That's just disgusting.

I much prefer hearing the dirty sex-talk from barely-teens, because that's HOT. 14-year-olds should be singing about this shit, not 41-year-olds! Sex is for the (very very) young. Janet should be singing about stuff like shuffleboard and Celebrex. Now that's age-appropriate!

nidra

Rich, get over yourself. That EW reviewer is right on point. No self-respecting 40+-year-old woman should be talking about, let alone singing about, anything of a sexual nature. They shouldn't even be having sex. That's just disgusting.

I much prefer hearing the dirty sex-talk from barely-teens, because that's HOT. 14-year-olds should be singing about this shit, not 41-year-olds! Sex is for the (very very) young. Janet should be singing about stuff like shuffleboard and Celebrex. Now that's age-appropriate!

Captain Calamity

Funny, I don't see much about the way the music actually sounds in that review. Personally, I could give two shits whether Janet or Madge sing about their poons...as long as it's got a good beat and I can dance to it, rock it out!

Sadly, Janet's last two albums have been utter shit. Hopefully this one will be better..."Feedback" is decent.

my pet monster :)
i used to love that show

BlackRaspberry

EW's just hating 'cause she's got the light skins, dark skins, and them Asian persuasions.

Kyle-Steven

Idiotic viewpoints like nidra's are the reason we have teen pregnancy and outbreaks of chlamydia in public schools. Shuffleboard at 41? I wish you all the luck walker shopping when you're 30 then. Dumbass.

and your review is just fine Rich, as usual. :)

Kyle-Steven

sorry - I meant idiotic pedophile-like viewpoints.

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