Female objectification has always been a part of pop music and our culture. However, something has shifted in the last decade or two. Yes, women are objectifying themselves by singing about their masturbation practice but there's a new twist. As the Guardian points out, male pleasure is no longer part of the equation:
"But in 2014, the shock value of a woman masturbating – at least as a lyrical device – has at last begun to depreciate. It is no longer an act of flirty deviance to be monetised; it is merely normalised. Sure, Cyrus almost certainly knew the Adore You video would spark a prudish outcry, but it's still the least flashy thing she's done of late. Similar is the "DIY" T-shirt Rihanna sported last May, which showed a woman masturbating. With it Rihanna wore a long skirt and a toque. If the point was to be seen, it was also: "And so what?"
While female pleasure in music is nothing new, the shift that has appeared is largely based around an absence of the man: take for example Janet Jackson's Take Care, where she sings: "I'll lay here and take care of it 'til you come home to me." For Jackson, masturbation is a bookmark. The Divinyls' I Touch Myself – a pro-masturbation anthem if ever there was one – contains the line: "I'd get down on my knees, I'd do anything for you." When it came out in 1990 it was intrepid. But the song is just as much about giving pleasure as getting it."
Now we have our masturbation anthems. At first I thought I can now retire from liberating female masturbation. But then I realized the many girls and women who don't yet have adequate self-sex skills and are not getting the most out of self-loving.
So I'm still on duty.