After watching a couple of M.I.A.’s videos in class, it was clear to me that the rapper/artist was trying to mock the fact that sex is an important aspect in our society. A lot of the things that we do personally are based on it, for example the way dress, the way we want to smell, and the way we take care of ourselves. Being sexual is seen as something attractive, and catches the attention of both sexes alike. M.I.A. in most of her videos is very aggressive, and rebellious, and does not place a lot of emphasis on attracting the the opposite sex. However in her video “XXXO” she matches the lyrics of her son talking about being sexual in the digital age, with various images of things that seen as “feminine” and sexual.
The song talks about romance and the importance of being sexual in the digital age. M.I.A. often repeated the lyrics “you want me to be something that I’m really not” suggests that women are often forced to be sexual in order to appease the opposite sex and create that desire within them. It is often disappointing to see that romance in the present day cannot exist without sexuality, and that it cannot survive or be created out of pure love.