I find it really weird that Miley Cyrus calls herself “the biggest feminist in the world” (then immediately says she isn’t a feminist, but that’s another issue). A lot people are saying because she “takes off her clothes” she can’t be one, and obviously that is a load of crap.
But she isn’t. Feminism is about equality and choice, where is she preaching either of those things? She appropriates and objectifies black women like crazy, which is both racist and anti-feminist. And she doesn’t talk about choice or free will, she just acts like a spoiled brat with no regard for anyone or anything and basically says “because I can.” That isn’t the same thing at all.
Even so, there is literally nothing at all wrong with how she dresses or acts. It’s representing it how she does that I can’t abide. We Can’t Stop was what really put that on my radar, because there are lines upon lines of body positivity, love for all and free will in the lyrics of the song, while women of color and weight are essentially joke props while she lifts things from black culture without any regard every time she does anything. Which is a pretty big contradiction, if you ask me.
Simply being comfortable with sexuality isn’t feminism. It’s really not anything at all. People have been pretty comfortable in their sexuality for a long time now. Advancing women’s position to that where there is no question in anyone’s mind that sexual organs don’t determine your life path (I’m pretty sure) is. Miley Cyrus is really not doing that. She’s the pawn of a team of businessmen, just like many of her ilk, to make money. You think these antics aren’t planned? Controlled? Advised? Do you think there weren’t meetings about the VMAs? The EMAs? That time she took a shit in public? Okay, that one didn’t happen. But it will.
Being a pawn, even an outrageous pawn, is not feminism. It’s pretty much the opposite. And Miley is just that: a record company shill. They have a business plan for her and she is following it. Don’t tell me that is feminist. Equality and free will are, but when does a pawn have either?