Annie Lennox is “disturbed and dismayed” by the “recent spate of overtly sexualised performances and videos” in the music industry.
Writing on her Facebook page, the singer accused record companies of “peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment”.
The blog post comes after Sinead O’Connor wrote an open letter to Miley Cyrus last week which expressed concern that Cyrus is being exploited.
Cyrus sparked a debate after her risqué performance at this year’s VMA’s, before appearing naked in the video to her latest single Wrecking Ball.
Lennox said: “As if the tidal wave of sexualised imagery wasn't already bombarding impressionable young girls enough..I believe in freedom of speech and expression, but the market forces don't give a toss about the notion of boundaries.
“As long as there's booty to make money out of, it will be bought and sold. It's depressing to see how these performers are so eager to push this new level of low.
“Their assumption seems to be that misogyny- utilised and displayed through oneself is totally fine, as long as you are the one creating it. As if it's all justified by how many millions of dollars and U tube hits you get from behaving like pimp and prostitute at the same time. It's a glorified and monetized form of self-harm.”
Following up her comments with another post today, Lennox suggested an 18+ rating for such “soft porn” videos and “highly sexualised” live performances. She explains:
“Boundaries need to be put in place so that young kids aren't barraged by market forces exploiting the "normalisation" of explicit sex in under age entertainment. That means - no audiences under 18.”