Christina Aguilera serves the shock value lately, but is it REALLY shocking?

In promotion of her new lube, Christina Aguilera showed off a vulva manicure, following her recent NSFW interview with Alex Cooper on the podcast 'Call Her Daddy'. The singer shocked fans when she got candid about her sex life. She opened up about some of the wild and polarizing things she and her partner Matthew Rutler have done, which include guzzling down his "protein." 

A few weeks ago, she accepted the Advocate for Change award at the 34th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. She thanked her LGBTQ friends for their support and for helping her improve her sex skills, by quipping: "I'm just saying, we know how to get dirty, OK!" Christina was never this candid during her raunchiest 'Dirrty' era. It was either all just for show to sell a narrative. Or she was fearful of becoming too candid because 20 years ago, the backlash would have been too severe. Last year in an interview, she recalled of early negative reactions where embracing her sexuality and endorsing a new, provocative image for her album 'Stripped' were heavy. Now that she's in her 40s, birthed two children and women aren't so censored, Christina has found comfort in taking it there, something she clearly wanted to do from time. Fear is clearly what held her back. Many people think she is crass and vile for having those conversations so openly. Some even referring to her as a has-been pop star desperate for attention, but don't they realise this has been the REAL Christina all along?