everyone and their mom is talking about miley cyrus. i know this post probably seems way too late in the game - i wasn’t expecting the lasting effect of this conversation, as the reverberation of cyrus’ performance and (brilliantly timed) release of her ‘wrecking ball’ video have continued with full force.
what is it about miley cyrus’ 2 month old performance that is sticking, that makes everyone want to weigh in? the conversations have become less about different perspectives of miley cyrus, and more about what constitutes modern day feminism. is she a feminist by owning her sexuality? is she anti-feminist by acting provocatively while operating in a classically patriarchal institution? is she a feminist for owning her patriarchal bargaining power and profiting from it? is sinead o’connor anti-feminist for telling miley cyrus what she should or shouldn’t do, what is empowering and what isn’t? is she contributing to an oppressive environment for women? the effect of miley cyrus’ performance is that it has moved into this larger issue - what does it mean to be a modern day feminist? - and the jury seems to be out on this one.