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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