I was looking for something online when I came across an interview of a very talented musical group and the “sex sells” comment was mentioned. Now to be fair I didn’t watch the entire interview because the man who was there to give his view on things just wouldn’t shut up and I really found that annoying. It’s like you’ve had your turn; take a seat and let somebody else speak.
Anyway, it got me to thinking yet again about the “sex sells” line of thinking. In some arenas I do believe that is partially true. There are some people out there who won’t even read a book unless there is a sex scene in it, but conversely there are people who prefer for there not to be a sex scene in the book. So I think the “sex sells” line of thinking really is relative to the group that’s buying whatever is out there.
By way of music somebody brought up Vanessa-Mae. She’s a fabulous violinist and yes, she is pretty and photographs very beautifully. But at the end of the day, to me, it’s her talent that sells the record. If she couldn’t play then I think people probably wouldn’t buy her work. Does a beautiful package help draw more people to her work? Maybe. Being enticed to open a package is what draws some people to new things. But I think the fans that really are great to have are the ones that are there for the talent and not for the “sex sells” line of thinking.
When I think about how this applies to so many other avenues of life I think about underwear. Seriously, ever notice how perfectly sculpted the men look, or how beautifully toned the women look? Would people still be flocking to the store to buy a product they might not need at the moment if the package wasn’t so pretty? I think probably not. One must be enticed to open the package. If the temptation isn’t there then what’s the point in looking twice? Shallow?—Yep, but still human.
That’s all for this time. More Dish next week, same time, same place.