Miley Cyrus Makes Slut Shaming Easy

Miley Cyrus Makes Slut Shaming Easy

You would have to live under a rock not to have heard by now about Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance.  Exclamations of surprise and disgust are everywhere as people decry her raunchy behavior.  Some are asking what her daddy might think.  Others are calling her a slut, because it is easy to shame Miley Cyrus and overlook the bigger, more troubling picture being presented.

There is no argument here that her actions displayed were, at best, questionable.  She seems to be acting in ways that call to mind other childhood stars who have fallen from grace and one can not help but worry that she is on the same trajectory as many of her predecessors and contemporaries who fight impossible battles for their health and well-being.  It would likely behoove her to allow herself a bit more self-respect, for this reason alone.

However, things like self-respect are taught to children and Miley Cyrus is only just on the other side of being a child herself.  She is in an industry where her every move is scrutinized, criticized and often shamed and she is part of a society that views a woman’s worth in terms of her sexualization while also condemning her for being sexual.  She is in an industry that cranks out child after maladjusted child and deposits them in the most dangerous territory possible, the one where it is socially acceptable to mock them far and wide for their shortcomings or their problems.

Are we a society so far removed from empathy and compassion that we cannot see that Miley Cyrus is clearly still very much a child in many ways?  She has made no secret of her attempts to demonstrate to the world that she is no a little girl.  She flaunts her body with reckless abandon just to prove to everyone that she’s all grown up right now.  This is the mentality of a teenager, an age range she has only just finished being a part of and if she is behaving poorly, it is because she has not been taught otherwise, or because she is unwell.

We should not be feasting upon the dignity of Miley Cyrus, shaming her as a slut because she is famous and easy prey.  Her fame and her actions do not equate to her “asking for it.”  They read more like a cry for help and our bloodlust is a direct attack on her identity, which will only worsen the problem.

Also, very little is being said about Robin Thicke, who followed her around stage and pressing himself against her while singing a song that is somewhat “rapey” in its tone.  No one is saying a word about him.  Miley Cyrus used a foam finger on herself, Robin Thicke used a 20-year-old woman.  Yet, Cyrus is the focal point for all the backlash.

It is extremely “patriarchal society” of us to go after her with such gusto while paying no attention to her male counterpart on stage and for the outrage over a woman’s objectification to revolve solely over the woman.  The knee-jerk approach to shaming Miley Cyrus as a slut is easy, but is it constructive, or even accurate?  She made her choices, yes, but the disparity between expectations of her behavior and Robin Thicke’s is glaring.  Almost as much so as our choice to overlook Miley Cyrus’ behavior as a bright red flag signifying that she might be in for a long, tumultuous road in the future.

Written by: Vanessa Blanchard

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17 Responses to Miley Cyrus Makes Slut Shaming Easy

  1. Shell October 3, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    I was impressed by her actions and thought you go girl, but after her banter and childish attacks after pretending to admire Sinead O’Conner….she has lost any credibility and with it any respect or admiration from ne.

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  2. Candice Wicks August 30, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Miley Cyrus is just a by-product of what feminism in the USA is all about! Now all the feminists are crying and complaining about it! Give it a break all you fema-nazi’s out there. This is what you created! Take it like a man…I mean take it like a manly feminist that your are!

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    • down with Judeo-Christian/Islamic hate August 31, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Typical ignorant, bible-thumping, right-wing bigot. You know nothing about feminism.

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  3. DoleScum August 29, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Best she’d pipe you off for a bag of mandy.

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  4. Alan Gura August 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Please, cram in more feminist buzzwords. And you didn’t use the phrase “as a society” nearly enough. Without those key phrases, your article won’t meet the criteria of saying something without actually saying something.

    The fact is, Miley acted in a disgusting way for all the world to see. We all have the right to criticize her performance. And why wasn’t Robin Thicke equally criticized? Because he wasn’t twerking half naked and using a foam finger as a phallic symbol.

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    • Blaze September 13, 2013 at 11:42 am

      What exactly is it that you find so disgusting about the female body anyway?

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  5. Laura August 28, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Miley is such a cock sucking slut. How pathetic is she? I really pity her, I used to like her dad but now hate him because of her.

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  6. sam August 27, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    robin thicke is a douche

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  7. Jackie Debs August 26, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Oh we know! The woman is always the poor victim and more blame should always be placed on the man, even if he was dressed and her nearly naked. I am a woman and I reject this. I am not so far from her age and can tell you that I, and everyone I knew at that age knew right from wrong. There is no excuse for her consistently choosing
    attention over dignity. She knows exactly what she is doing and sees nothing wrong with it. To call her “unwell” is a complete cop out.

    Trying to apply feminism to stuff like this is exactly why so few people take feminism seriously anymore. You are hurting women by rushing to the defense of this attention seeking, zero dignity, tramp.

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    • Arthur Stordahl August 27, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      “Trying to apply feminism to stuff like this is exactly why so few people take feminism seriously anymore. You are hurting women by rushing to the defense of this attention seeking, zero dignity, tramp”
      Well said, I am quite confused by the twisty nature of such? Akin to 1984′s doublespeak and derogatory to women from every angle! No pun, but, seriously this does drag everyone down to a non-thinking sexual level. Lower Chakra, if you will, or for Biblical folk spirit of Jezabel (I think?)…most groups had some version, for a reason.

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    • blaize August 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      Jackie, can you please leave slut-shaming to the anti-sex, anti-human body bigots on the far right? It’s not a matter of knowing right from wrong, as clothing and dance moves are a matter of personal choice. I mean gosh, she did some ‘forbidden’ dance moves in a bikini. Hardly cause for scarlet-lettering. Human dignity does not lie in sexual purity/modesty, whether we’re talking males or females.

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  8. Karen August 26, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I don’t think she’s looking for pity or an explanation for her actions. She’s loving drugs and acting like a ho because she loves the attention………that’s it

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  9. LosMortales August 26, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Child abuse is always bad. Sometimes, the legal system is worse.
    People v. Leiby: A Documentary—Jury Verdict Reversed With Directions To Acquit—Insufficient evidence of Child Abuse
    http://www.amazon.com/People-Leiby-Documentary-Acquit-Insufficient-ebook/dp/B00D73X69O

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