Miley Cyrus Video “Tongue Tied” Confronts Double Standards

CyrusMiley Cyrus’s latest music video, Tongue Tied has artist, filmmaker and producer Quentin Jones depicting the pop celebrity in very interesting ways. Although many critique her raunchy ways, younger generations are endorsing her freeing approach to women’s sexuality, as evidenced by the bras and panties thrown on the stage by fans during her Bangerz tour.  As Cyrus’s video Tongue Tied boldly confronts double standards that exist between socially acceptable expressions of sexuality, one cannot help but wonder if this is the spawn of a sexual revolution.

In her latest creation, directed by artist Quintin Jones, Cyrus puts on quite the performance. While wearing black knickers, black nipple tape and fishnets, Miley dances her way into another captivating expression of culture centered around her own comfort with her body and with nudity.

The music video is incredibly sexualized and aesthetically captivating, as the black and white combinations of fluttering eyelashes, slathered black paint and eye masks appeal to the limited attention spans of today’s generation. The mixed-media music video is short and surreal, using layers of photography, illustration, and animation to create a story.

As mothers shield their daughter’s eyes from the once-innocent Hannah Montana, some find it unfair to criticize her sexualizing herself, when men in the music industry, especially rap artists, regularly are yanking at their business and dehumanizing woman into life-size trophies bobbling around them. Why can a woman not sexualize herself if she wants? What is the big deal with Miley doing what she wants with her own body?

Cyrus considers herself to be a feminist, As she said in an interview with Elle, “I’m just about equality, period. It’s not like, I’m a woman, women should be in charge! I just want there to be equality for everybody. ” This declaration comes to life when it comes to her own body and her right to sexualize herself as much as she chooses, no matter how many tween fans are out there watching her naked body cling to a wrecking ball.

While many of the scenes involve Cyrus’ mouth being taped closed, with black tape around her neck as though she is being suffocated or strangled, and her body being tied down, one cannot help but wonder if these masochist expressions are reflections of her own personal feelings of bondage and a desire to confront the double standards that are the political reality of today’s society.

Is it a coincidence that in a society controlled by men, a women’s sexual experience is used as a mechanism for control as well? Is it possible that in a world dominated by patriarchy, a female’s sexual experience really has nothing to do with whether or not she upholds to certain “appropriate” standards, but rather, has everything to do with pleasing a man? If, in society, being a “lady” on the streets and a “freak” in the sheets is the way to be, one can see how both are equally contradictory and yet still, all about pleasing men.

Cyrus is redefining how these unrealistic expectations affect women by going against the grain and taking change of her own sexual life, refusing to let double standards oppress her creative muse. Perhaps it is not intended to be gender influenced, but the blatant reduction of Cyrus to body parts by Cyrus herself resonates with feminism in that the objectification of women is central to feminist philosophy and women’s experiences worldwide.

In understanding art as a platform for honing in on dialects between past, present, and future, how does deviance from sexual standards created by men for women by Cyrus, a cultural icon, impel a culture to change? There are thousands of women who regularly experience the double standards that exist between the “appropriate” ways men can express their sexuality and the “appropriate” ways women can. Perhaps, Cyrus’s Tongue Tied is more than just her sexualizing herself, but actually, an effort to confront the double standards women face, and redefine these sexual expectations by breaking them.

Opinion by Amiya Moretta

Sources:

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13 Responses to "Miley Cyrus Video “Tongue Tied” Confronts Double Standards"

  1. Dora   February 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

    I guess the author never heard of Madonna.

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  2. Joe   September 11, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    haha Sarah is a loser!

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  3. Sarah   August 16, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    False. This is Miley Cyrus using monarch mind control. This video has illuminati symbolism. Open your damn eyes.

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  4. Hannah   June 25, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    “Ourselves” being women

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  5. Hannah   June 25, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I meant to say, “by masculizing ourselves and copying men.” My bad.

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  6. Hannah   June 25, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    I completely agree with you, Kathryn. We want women’s rights, but the way women are going about it is by masculizing and copying men. Isn’t this, in reverse, still upholding men as better? Why can we not celebrate women for being women, and still be equal to men?

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  7. Angstrom Untit   May 5, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Cancelled shows because she was in hospital? Or had a convenient hospital episode because of scheduled concerts left with unsold tickets?

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  8. lisa   May 5, 2014 at 6:53 am

    So how come my comment from yesterday hasn’t been published? I admit I could’ve phrased some things better, but all-in-all I think it’s still no worse than any of the comments published so far.

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  9. Kathryn Ozymandias   May 5, 2014 at 12:50 am

    As far as the claim, “she’s confronting double-standards…” Does this mean that in our society it is okay for men to be trashy but not for women, so Miley is confronting it by being trashy for equality’s sake? Why not be proud of the fact that women are more capable of having the emotional connection with their sexuality, and thus are not burdened with the drive of constantly prowling for partners. Why not be proud of the fact that women are mentally above all of what physically drives a man sexually? I don’t need to be equal to men on that level and I don’t feel like I am so left out of some sort of sexual deviance. Rather than copy men’s faults for equality, women can stand as an example for them to follow.

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  10. Shanai Collins   May 4, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I have been doing research on her since the age of 8 so Bog off!

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  11. Shanai Collins   May 4, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Leave Miley alone and it’s her own choice no one else’s hers
    We shouldn’t judge her and we shouldn’t slag her off!
    She has been through a lot!
    So you judge her means that you have no life!
    So you have no right to say anything bad about her!

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  12. Ben   May 4, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Miley is already flopping in Europe and is cancelling and rescheduling more concerts! … I think it is sick of a Miley to take your money and then not do the concert and force you to wait … ( They keep your money ) … Just in the hopes they can reschedule and sell more tickets at a later concert date … These fake reasons why people reschedule concert’s make the music business look bad … They just could not sell enough concert ticket’s the first time but think they can sell more given more time!

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    • Eunisha   May 4, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      She cancelled shows because she was in the hospital. Do your research before you go and try to make someone look bad.

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