The 24-year-old model made the revealing comments in a recent interview with the British edition of GQ magazine.
Surprisingly, her views received virtually no publicity, especially since they differ so much from conventional wisdom about feminism and female empowerment.
Emily shot to fame as a topless vixen in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” video, so she is obviously more than comfortable in her own skin. But she’s far more worldly than she appears.
She was born in London and lived there until she was five years old. From there, her family moved to San Diego where she grew up in an intellectual household. She’s as comfortable talking about art and politics as she is about sex.
Her father was a high school art teacher and her mother an English professor. They led a bohemian lifestyle, she recounted. They didn’t own a television and her father cut all the labels off his clothes to avoid identifying with brands.
She also learned how to deal with her sexuality at an early age. “When I was eleven years old, I basically looked the same as I do now,” she says. “I used to get hit on a lot more as a minor. It’s pretty f***ed up.”
Being so sexual so young made her the odd person out in school. She says she was often made to feel guilty about her looks.
But she emerged with a strong sense of self and definite ideas about sexuality, feminism and empowerment.
To her empowerment means “making sure you get what you want in sex. And feeling sexual without feeling like it’s for someone else.” She rejects, for example, the view of some feminists that oral sex is demeaning.
“I had a male friend who said, ‘I don’t get blow jobs because I think it’s offensive.’ That view is disgusting; [oral sex] it’s empowering! Being in love and acting sexually on it in a million different ways is empowering. I love men’s butts. I shouldn’t have to feel embarrassed of that.”
Ratajkowski also departs from feminists who claimed her “Blurred Lines” video objectified women.
“The girls make eye contact with the camera, which I think is really important because in a lot of shoots you have the women looking off, which makes it voyeuristic and weirdly sexist. And [“Blurred Lines”] is fun! I didn’t feel objectified when I was making it. I felt like I was having a lot of fun as a sexual person.”
The video director, Diane Martel, and the director of photography are both women.
She’s also is far more philosophical than other celebrities about having private photos hacked last year and released on the Internet. “I’m not sure that anyone who Googles it is necessarily a criminal. I think the people who stole the photos are,” she says.
And, she defends the women who took the sexually explicit selfies.
“Just because [Jennifer Lawrence] is sending sexy pictures to her boyfriend, does that make her guilty of something? Absolutely not. It’s part of being sexually healthy.”
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