Liberate Us From 'Sexy'

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The title of this post is a quote from Helen Mirren.

Morgan's Milieu | Liberate Us From Sexy: A photo of the actress Helen Mirren.


I was watching BBC News this morning and listening to Helen Mirren talk about her new movie, Woman in Gold. The funny thing was that she didn't really talk about the movie, she talked about women and the chance to portray them and their 'real' life. 

The interviewer asked Helen what she thought about other women seeing her as 'sexy' and she said she didn't like the word. She would much rather be considered attractive.

"Free us from that word, liberate us from sexy." She said.


I couldn't agree more.

Ever since I watched Prime Suspect and saw Helen Mirren portray a strong, intelligent detective I thought she was a brilliant actress. As she aged and stepped into movies I found my respect for her grew. She doesn't follow (or doesn't seem to) the Hollywood crowd by having work done on her face to hide the ageing process. She is not afraid to grow old in front of us. I respect that.

Being attractive isn't just about how a person looks, it's about their personality, their smile. Attractive sums up the person in a whole different way. Like Helen Mirren I would much rather be thought of as attractive. 

Most women like to dress up for special occasions and I'm no different, I love the opportunity to wear a beautiful dress and heels. I get the most compliments when I am comfortable in my clothes and exude confidence. When I smile more and walk with my head high people respond and it's got nothing to do with dressing sexy.

If we can teach our children anything it ought to be that confidence and happiness are much more important than dressing to please. When it comes down to it if you're confident and happy you're attractive.

Would you agree with Helen Mirren or do you like the word 'sexy'?


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10 comments:

  1. Oh I agree completely. There are so many other things that mean a whole lot more to a woman than just being called 'sexy'. If I was called beautiful, or intelligent or anything if that sort it would be a much bigger compliment to me. Gives women a bit more meaning too that just being a piece of flesh to be drooled over by men

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    1. Thanks hun. I think the word 'sexy' does imply something to be drooled over doesn't it? I like to feel sexy but that doesn't necessarily mean skimpy clothes. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. xx

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  2. I think I would rather be considered attractive than sexy. Sexy implies something to be objectified x

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    1. You're right, it does. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. xx

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  3. I don't mind being thought of as sexy but I don't like society trying to tell me what sexy looks or feels like. Sexiness is completely individual perhaps even more so than attractiveness. I feel sexy after a work out when I'm sweating and the blood's still pumping but perhaps I don't look very attrtactive :)

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    1. Good point, I like the fact that you feel sexy after a work out! That's so great. Come to think of it I feel pretty good after a run too. But no, not attractive then! Thanks for commenting hun. xx

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  4. Yes! Sexy is very very often... not sexy. Attractiveness should be something more sublte. :)

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    1. Thanks hun. I believe most women who I would consider sexy are simply confident. Definitely, subtle is a brilliant word. xx

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  5. I think that the word "sexy" is subjective - generally speaking, yes, it objectifies, however Helen Mirren does knowingly ooze sensuality, and what is attractive if not sexy, although a much less base or vulgar word. Being told you're sexy when you're not dressed up to the nines can be a compliment, and you are absolutely right Morgan, I think that being comfortable and confident in yourself is the most attractive thing of all. Thanks so much for linking to All About You! Xxx

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    1. Thank you Zaz, it's almost like we have to redefine the word rather than stop using it altogether. I love getting compliments when I'm not dressed up, it makes me feel great! xx

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