If you look up the word “badass” in the dictionary, chances are you’d find a picture of Björk’s 1997 album, Homogenic. The Icelandic musician and actress has never been one to stay inside the lines — both in terms of her art and her personal life. And in an interview with UK’s, the Evening Standard, the eclectic songbird and Grammy nominated artist shared her thoughts on sex and feminism after 23 years in the business.
“I like a lot of erotic books and films but I just don’t find the kind of Las Vegas corset-and-fishnet-stockings thing very sexy. It’s a bit mediocre, normcore,” says Björk, explaining how she doesn’t fit the traditional molds of female sexuality. “I like bestiality. I get turned on by nature. I don’t find urban brothel situations very hot. But that’s just my taste... like, National Geographic porn.”
Björk has long since defied social norms across multiple disciplines— from out of the box costumes and evening wear to her vocal styling itself. She communicates her image in a way that cannot be interpreted literally and it’s important that we evaluate her artistic expression as such. I can imagine that when Björk discusses animalism and nature in relation to sexuality, she's referring to the unconscious instincts and behaviors that are found in all living beings. The media has for years dictated female sexuality and I believe that this is just Björk's way of saying that she prefers something more organic. We need to keep in mind that Björk is a weirdo and I say this in the highest regard— because we should all have the courage to be a little weird, especially in the bedroom. Even if a natural approach to sexuality isn’t your forte, or if you do relate to so-called “norm-core” sexualities, it’s important to recognize the impact that Björk and her unique artistic presence have had on the world.
When Björk broke onto the scene, there were no other artists that did what she did. She broke boundaries through her music and has inspired countless musicians from Lady Gaga to Kanye West to experiment with the avant-garde. Artists like David Bowie prepped audiences for unconventional musicality but Bjork was the first female identifying artist to go down a similar path. Over the course of her career, Björk has encouraged women and men to be individuals through her offbeat and unfiltered performance style as well as her stances on feminism, sexuality, and political activism. So while we may not quite get where Björk was going with her views on female sexuality, we applaud her for being unequivocally original and an all around badass.
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