Defending Her #Slutshaming

Rashida Jones was criticized after sending what was called an antifeminist tweet back in October, but she is back to explain what she meant.

Rashida Jones

Back in October, Rashida Jones was slammed on Twitter after telling female celebs "to stop acting like whores." But the actress is clarifying her comments and sharing many more thoughts in Glamour. In her new column for the magazine, Jones says 2013 has been "The Year of the Very Visible Vagina."

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"Let me say up front: I am not a prude. I love sex; I am comfortable with my sexuality. Hell, I've even posed in my underwear," Jones explained. "I also grew up on a healthy balance of sexuality in pop stars. Yes, we had Madonna testing the boundaries of appropriateness, but then we also had Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Cyndi Lauper, women who played with sexuality but didn't make it their calling card. And for every 2 Live Crew 'Me So Horny' video girl, there was Susanna Hoffs singing tenderly about her eternal flame."

But the actress said things have changed, and she doesn't find it as distasteful as much as she finds it odd.

"Twenty years later, all the images seem homogenous," she continued. "Every star interprets 'sexy' the same way: lots of skin, lots of licking of teeth, lots of bending over. I find this oddly... boring. Can't I just like a song without having to take an ultrasound tour of some pop star's privates?"

In the column, which mentioned newsmakers from 2013 like Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, Jones addressed the tweet she sent back in October.

After sending that tweet, she received a lot of criticism on Twitter. That backlash was too much for the actress — she didn't appreciate that people said she had been "slut-shaming."

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"I'm not gonna lie. The fact that I was accused of 'slut-shaming,' being anti-woman, and judging women's sex lives crushed me," she said. "I consider myself a feminist. I would never point a finger at a woman for her actual sexual behavior, and I think all women have the right to express their desires. But I will look at women with influence — millionaire women who use their 'sexiness' to make money — and ask some questions. There is a difference, a key one, between 'shaming' and 'holding someone accountable.'"

Jones will begin a monthly column for Glamour beginning in the spring. She announced earlier this year she will be leaving Parks and Recreation, a show she has been on since the very beginning.

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