"But if you sexualise yourself and you're not making art, you are just sexualising yourself. Everyone's embarrassed. It's not very good, is it? You're just pooping on yourself."
Said Tori Amos, somewhere into the answer to The Guardian's question "Do men age more easily?" and right after saying "I won't talk about Miley Cyrus at the VMAs."
It's an interesting chain of thought, no? Here's how I visualize the thoughts of Tori Amos, in 11 steps:
1. To ask "Do men age more easily?" is to ask whether aging is more difficult for women.
2. Miley Cyrus — who's very young, but used to be younger and who's trying to gain credibility as woman and not a kid anymore — showed some awful awkwardness with that sexy dressing and dancing.
3. Sexuality can work, since obviously I've used sexuality well in my artistic performances.
4. I'm not going to get sidetracked into talking about Miley like everybody else, the topic here should be me, and when I think of self-sexualizing, I want the subject to be me, and this interview is PR from my artistic work product.
5. The most graceful way to retrack onto me and my excellent use of sexuality is to speak in the abstract.
6. Women have sexualized themselves and made great art which they may get flak for, but it's powerful.
7. The key is to unleash the power of self-sexualizing only when you can arrive at great art, which is what I have done and Miley has failed at.
8. All these artists, including me, have a powerful effect on young girls, who want to be like us, and this is a problem that I have a responsibility to solve.
9. If your self-sexualizing doesn't produce art, then the product is you — your body out there in the real world.
10. The self-sexualized woman out there in the world — not on the stage within the trappings of art — is bad... is shit.
11. Oh, my dear fans, do not poop on yourselves!