NY Daily News:
Miley Cyrus says the method to her madness is actually motivated by progressive feminist thought.
“I feel like I’m one of the biggest feminists in the world because I tell women to not be scared of anything,” she said in an interview with BBC Newsbeat. “Girls are all beautiful.”
OK, it isn’t the most revolutionary reasoning, but the 20-year-old singer elaborated, suggesting that her definition of feminism has a lot to do with the reason why she’s often scantily clad.
“Guys get to show their t—ies on the beach, why can’t we?” she said.
By current standards, she’s right. Miley Cyrus is everything the modern feminist is supposed to be – empowered, sexually uninhibited, young and hip.
Unfortunately, her empowerment comes from luck that other women can’t enjoy. While she is certainly talented, she fell into a lucrative career at an early age. She had a father in show business and at the age of 12 she was starring in one of the most successful franchises in Disney history.
She is rich, famous and enormously popular with the teen demographic. It remains to be seen whether she will continue to soar or if she will crash and burn like many other young stars. But in the mean time she is a role model for millions of girls and young women.
And that’s the problem. A lucky few might be able to emulate her success, but many more will merely try to emulate her lifestyle. They can use drugs and be sexually promiscuous, but they won’t have an army of bodyguards, lawyers and paid staff to protect them.
Every generation goes thru this. Rebelling against your parents and exploring your sexuality is a natural part of growing up but that doesn’t mean we should glorify the worst excesses.
Feminists should hold up positive role models for young women and girls. Taylor Swift is proof that girls can achieve success without taking off their clothes.
If you don’t want guys to objectify you, don’t objectify yourselves. If you want respect, respect yourselves.