Miley Cyrus was, according to feminist she-doctrine, all about female freedom through sexuality. From twerking on the Mexican flag to making titlacious videos, she embodied all thing sexual liberation (related Dear Miley Cyrus: We’ll Respect You When You Respect You and BuzzFeed Presents Feminist Video On Painting… With Period Blood?!). While grossing us out.
But plot twist: the singer’s renouncing sexually explicit shenanigans. In an interview with Harper Bazaar, Miley took a wrecking ball to her previous antics:
“It became something that was expected of me. I didn’t want to show up to photo shoots and be the girl who would get my tits out and stick out my tongue. In the beginning, it was kind of like saying, ‘Fuck you. Girls should be able to have this freedom or whatever.’ But it got to a point where I did feel sexualized.”
Well better late than never. Women are worth far more than their breasts and shaking buns. Glad Miley has finally clued in.
Plus, everyone else is doing it. “Even at the Met Gala, everyone had their boobs out, everyone had their ass out, so what’s punk about that now?” she asks. “It’s more punk actually for me to not.”
She even stopped smoking pot. “Just for now,” she says. “To quote the wise Justin Bieber, ‘Never say never.’ But right now I want to be clear.”
“I think I show people that they can be themselves,” she says. “I also think something that has been important for me, in this next little, like, transition phase of my career is that I don’t give a fuck about being cool. I just want to be myself.”
Well, looky here. Miley has embraced a little bit of REAL feminism: a woman’s worth is not in her ability to be filthy, but her ability to be authentically her, to rely on talent and not tit exposure. At this point no one knows if this new, enlightened Miley will last. But hopefully it will last longer than a Hollywood marriage.
Some of this can likely be attributed to just growing up and maturing. Miley Cyrus is now 24, still quite young, sure. But as is usually the case, people change as they get older. They mature, they move on from some of the silly antics of their youth, they grow up. I sincerely hope Miley keeps this up. She had been heading down a sick, overly sexualized path. Here’s hoping she can reclaim some dignity and escape Hollywood’s desire to sexualize everyone.
~ Co-written by Nichole Cooper and Courtney Kirchoff