The Miley Effect, part 2

In regards to my earlier post regarding Miley Cyrus, twerking qween, I have now gained an odd new respect for her. In a recent interview with BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, Miley discusses her latest criticisms (what else is new),  particularly claiming herself to be “one of the biggest feminists in the world.”

(from Cosmopolitan)

Well, that’s a pretty bold claim. But in a strange way, I think she may be right. (Sort of. In a weird way. Like I said, it’s complicated.)

By definition, a feminist is someone who supports “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.” (Merriam-Webster) Well, in Miley’s interview, and even in many of her racy, catchy song lyrics, she actually supports this idea.

“I feel like I’m one of the biggest feminists in the world because I tell women to not be scared of anything.”

Which, in a way, is pretty darn encouraging for women who live in a world constantly telling them to step down, hold back, let your man take the reigns. It’s a strange, kind of empowering truth. It’s what women need to hear.

But Miley herself doesn’t even see the argument. It’s almost too easy for the singer; her personal choice to act purely as she pleases–even it means gallivanting around in a skin-tight astronaut suit. “For me, it’s not even that I’m a feminist,” she continues. “I’m for anybody. I’m for everybody, for everything. I don’t care what you wanna do in your life, or who you wanna be with, who you wanna love, who you wanna look like. You’ve got about 90 years — hopefully we all live to be 105 — you’ve got about 105 years on this earth and, like, you should be happy every single one of those [years]. There’s no reason to not be. It’s like, as long as you’re breathing, you should just find the best in everything.” 

Is this not good advice; female, feminist, or not?! We live in a world that constantly tells us what we can/cannot, should/should not do. Well, instead of trying to police each other, maybe we should take a different approach: acceptance. Times are changing, people. It’s not too hard, if you think about it.

So again, thanks Miley. Rock on with your bad self. (But maybe ease up on the twerking/dwarf groping, okay?)

– AE

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