Miley Cyrus: ‘I feel like I’m one of the biggest feminists in the world’

Miley Cyrus

These are photos of Miley Cyrus wearing very shiny black (PVC?) pants in London this week. She flies back and forth from LA to London so often. Is Miley the Brits’ cuppa? I doubt it. This is more of the Miley blitz on the radio show circuit.

Miley told BBC Radio 1 (via Us Weekly) that she’s not really cool. Instead, “I’m super lame. What you read about me, it sounds like all I do is club and go and party with [photographer] Terry Richardson, but really I’m like the lamest, I never leave my house because I’m a complete hermit.” Well I didn’t believe this statement coming from Rihanna, and I don’t believe it from Miley either. If you’re partying your ass off at home, it’s still partying. Miley also said she gets naked all the time because it catches people’s attention, and then they “stick around” like “oh wait, she can hold a note” Sure.

Miley also spoke with the BBC’s Newsbeat program about how she’s a super-mega feminist or something:

Miley Cyrus has said she believes there is a “double standard” when it comes to men and women, and body image. “I feel like I’m one of the biggest feminists in the world because I tell women to not be scared of anything,” she said.

She also said that her on-stage persona and revealing outfits were all part of her act. “I don’t actually walk around all day twerking with my tongue out dressed as a teddy bear,” she told Newsbeat.

The 20-year-old said she doesn’t worry if people think badly of her controversial performances because she knows she is a “good person”.
Miley Cyrus smoking at the MTV EMAs

Commenting on headlines suggesting she smoked marijuana at Sunday’s MTV EMAs, she said: “I never worry about what I do on stage making me look bad. I think people if they actually knew me would be surprised at how normal I am.

“I’m definitely crazy but I’m normal. I feel like [I am] socially probably more acceptable than a lot of people in this industry because I’ve just always grown up around this and so I never have any kind of attitude.”

Miley has been criticised for the video for Wrecking Ball, which sees her swinging naked and licking a sledgehammer.

Cyrus was also knocked for her performance with Robin Thicke at the MTV VMAs in August, where she wore a nude-coloured bra and pants, stuck her tongue out and twerked.

Musician Sinead O’Connor wrote an open letter, criticising the 20-year-old for allowing herself “to be pimped” adding that her behaviour was not “in any way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women”.

Cyrus said she tries to frame the negative headlines in a positive way.

“Every time you talk about me, you’re bringing more awareness to me and… my record. If you have good songs I think you can wear anything or do anything, just be able to back it up by what you’re doing.”

[From BBC]

Ugh. Once again and as with Selena Gomez, I feel like young female pop stars don’t know the meaning of feminism. Miley thinks that Uncle Terry empowers women, so I’m pretty sure she’s confused about feminism in general. Of course Gloria Steinem refused to directly comment on Miley but stated, “I wish we didn’t have to be nude to be noticed.” Miley straight out admits she gets naked to get noticed. She just thinks that her “music” will keep people interested.

Let’s finish this post up with some quickie bulletpoints:

* Radar Online got the scoop on Miley’s $1000 VIP tour packages for her upcoming Bangerz tour. These packages must be purchased on top of actual concert tickets. For your money, you’ll get a Miley photo op, a gift bag, a reserved seat along the catwalk, plus some drinks and snacks. Probably a joint too.

* Liam Hemsworth talked to People while promoting Catching Fire. He told them, “I don’t have a lady at the moment,” which confirms Eiza Gonzalez was just a fling. As to Miley, Liam simply stated, “I’m extremely happy for all of her success.

* Hollywood Life claims a mega-exclusive story about how Liam and Miley are “back in touch.” They also say Miley has invited Liam to her upcoming 21st birthday party and Thanksgiving too. Ha.

* Cosmopolitan has crushed the very essence of childhood by reimagining 9 Disney princesses dressed as Miley. Yes there is one on a wrecking ball. Poor Belle.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

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  1. Quinn Parker says:

    Will somebody please take her batteries out???

    • Lisa says:

      She’s already acting like a defective Furby.

      • Hakura says:

        @Lisa- Oh God, that’s such an awesome comparison! Especially now that they have the ‘new advanced’ model out, which are even *creepier* than the original. They use smart phones & iPads to take care of them, including their ‘bathroom’ needs, & laying virtual ‘eggs’ that hatch into ‘virtual babies’.

        Apologies for the random ranting about Furbies. I *just* happened to see something about it day before yesterday, so your comment brought back the trauma of the creepiness. xD

    • melissa says:

      HAHAHAHAHA OMG. (seriously, though.)

    • Andrew1 says:

      Yes they need to come out big time. Here’s my view on feminist stuff (feel free to comment). I can’t stand these girls bringing attention to themselves by stating they’re feminist. I thought feminism was for the greater good of women…uplifting who they are and not letting themselves being treated unequal to men on beliefs. I’ve seen women get bashed and ignored when they have a great opinion or idea that needs to be heard, just because they’re female. But can’t you do all of this without screaming ‘I’m a feminist! Look at me!’ like Miley is? I’m not saying you shouldn’t say the actual word, I just thought that when you’re bringing attention to your dumb self like Miley is, then it kinda goes against what feminism is for. I guess I’m just saying that Miley is not the greatest example of a feminist lol.

      • blue marie says:

        You know what, I like you Andrew and I agree. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with telling people you’re a feminist, ALL women should be but first she should probably know what the word means, instead of using it as a buzz word to drum up headlines.

      • Hakura says:

        I also agree with you, Andrew. I honestly think Miley hasn’t been getting all the attention she craves (& has even *admitted* to being downright addicted to, unable to get through her *day*, unless she’s a ‘hot topic’).

        I honestly think she saw how much attention Lorde has been getting with her more ‘feminist’ views (& the controversy that came with her statements); as well as the press Selena Gomez got responding to Lorde’s criticism with her own (flawed) understanding of ‘feminism’s definition.

        It’s just Miley’s desperate attempt to jump on the band wagon.

  2. Dani2 says:

    LOOOL! Lies you tell, Miley! There is nothing wrong with Miley being as sexy and daring as possible, it gets her talked about on sites like this, it helps her sell records but this trick should know better than to pretend that she is doing this for the cause of feminism. No one with sense believes that her image is about more than selling records and getting press (good and bad).

    • Kimbob says:

      @Dani2, that was the 1st thing I thought of after reading all of these quotes from Miley…..the lies, the lies, the LIES. Anymore, I think every time she opens her mouth it’s to tell more lies. She’s just not honest and believable @ all.

      I agree w/you. All she’s doing is stealing pages from Madonna’s & Gaga’s book. And what’s more, all Gaga did was steal pages from Madonna’s book, so Miley’s just stealing from stealers. I think I can sum Miley up in one word…..sellout.

      • mux says:

        Good point, but keep in mind ALL public relations and marketing is based on telling the unwashed public anything that works to further your goals. Truth or lies are unimportant.

        Remember when a bunch or celebs (Britney S., Stodden, Iglesias etc…) came out stating that they were good Christian virgins while all the while parading half-naked? I guess image consultants think that somehow this makes their explicit sales tactics more palatable.

    • Rachel says:

      I don’t actually think she’s lying. I think she’s just ignorant of the true meaning of feminism. She really does believe that taking her clothes off is “empowering” women. When really she’s disrespecting herself with her desperate pleas for attention. Or maybe she’s actually lying to herself, so she doesn’t have to admit to herself how denigrating her actions are.

  3. Side-Eye says:

    The intense eye rolling I did at the anticipation of people taking her seriously.

  4. Anna says:

    Ugh, once again another female celeb who completely misunderstands feminism, and ruins her chance in the spotlight to actually say something positive.

    This plus Miley’s super inappropriate Tupac/Biggie dress at the EMAs has gotten me even more annoyed with her

  5. Gabriella says:

    Feminism means different things to different women. She probably is an embodiment of the third wave (I’m more old school). I’m glad there’s finally a celeb who isn’t afraid of “the f word.”

    • Faith says:

      I would agree with you often I would count myself as a sex positive feminist however I think she is just ignorant. She often seems to give off the air of being ignorant with a shallow understanding. Miley comes across as sexualised teenager trying to show off what society should think is sexy and edgy however it just falls flat maybe its the whole if you try so hard to be sexy its not sexy.

    • Nina W says:

      It means equal political, economic, and social rights for women to me and I would hope it would mean that to all women including Miley. Feminism does encompass many things but it’s fundamental intent has nothing to do with twerking, nudity or Uncle Terry. Miley needs to stick to using words she understands.

  6. aims says:

    I take feminism as independent, smart freedom to make choices about your destiny. There is nothing stronger then a woman who is smart, ballsy and independent. I don’t consider what she does uplifting towards women. I take her gig as directed towards men. I also believe you can call out another woman, and not be a hater. If you’re acting like an idiot, then you should be called out for it. I believe in empowering women, not enabling stupidity.

    I believe that you can be powerful, with class and dignity. Sadly, she has failed on all counts.

  7. blue marie says:

    This just makes me want to pat her on the head and say “Oh honey, no”

  8. Nur says:

    Cosmo sinks to new obnoxious lows. Well done!

    • Dommy Dearest says:

      Cosmo has BEEN the magazine that furthers self-esteem problems in girls and women. I picked up a copy this summer cause I hadn’t read it since I was about twenty. The pieces in that articles gave men the pass for cheating ‘because you are too clingy’, ‘why you should hate your body’ and ‘why the summer is horrible for women and movies’. It claims to be feminist as much as Miley and the rest of these idiot celebrities when it’s the furthest thing from the truth.

      • Sloane Wyatt says:

        You’ll never get back those minutes of your life.

      • Shannon1972 says:

        Helen Gurley Brown is spinning in her grave. What a travesty.

      • Hakura says:

        It sounds like we both made that bad decision to read one (after not doing so for ages), & picked up the *same issue* this summer (I remember the articles you’re referring to, unforunately). & don’t you just *love* how many issues they seem to fill with ‘you better please your man in the bedroom (or kitchen counter-top/bathroom/closet/couch/hardwood floor), any time, day or night (whether youre in the ‘mood’ or not), or it’ll be *your fault* that he goes to find it elsewhere!’? But then the next article talks about how being ‘too clingy’ will ‘drive him away’.

        Oh, & the cute little ‘bitch it out’ section at the end (where readers will take cellphone pics of people doing rude or stupid things in public, & send them in. Cosmo picks 3 every month to print… & doesn’t even bother to blur these people’s *faces out*. I know rude & stupid is fun to ‘call out’, but can you imagine how humiliating for that to be published in a *major magazine* & be *blind-sided* like that? God.

        The astounding hypocrisy is just staggering.

  9. Jessiebes says:

    Oh this girl bores me so much. She is so predictable with her “crazy” antics.

    You are right cb, this girl doesn’t know the meaning of the word feminism. Yes of course we as women can get naked, and get our funk on, just as much as men. But she is just perpetuating the stereo type of women singers having to use their sexuality to sell records.

    Amsterdam, where she smoked marihuana on stage? She smoked in a no-smoking area (cigarettes or otherwise) and the venue will get fined for it. Stupid ignorant girl.

  10. Maggie says:

    She’s gonna have some regrets down the road!

  11. Dimebox says:

    Exhibitionism is not Feminism, Miley. She’s just not very smart, is she?

  12. Dommy Dearest says:

    Okay seriously someone ban the use of feminist/feminism for this idiots. They can’t even look the word up to know it’s proper meaning before using it and proving their education stopped at fifth grade.

    F*ck Cosmo. It’s worse than the men magazines with half naked women on it. At least they don’t feed the line of trying to empower women but are honest when it comes to having a half naked woman on the cover. Cosmo continues to act as if it’s some great service to women when it just enforces self-esteem issues, gives men passes for cheating and makes a woman feel horrible about her self-image.

  13. G. says:

    If she had any control over her own exploitation, then if maybe give her the label. But she doesn’t, and the fact that her getting naked as a plot for attention is still a viable thing shows that we still NEED feminism. Her getting naked and acting like an a-hole doesn’t help other women, let alone herself.

  14. BooBooLaRue says:

    OMG the comments this morning make my day. Money Cyrus is just dumb and tiring.

  15. Kiddo says:

    I, for one, see this as progress. Distancing herself from Terry Richardson is a step in the right direction. Abandoning any collaborations in the future would be better.

  16. Maya says:

    A real feminist doesn’t call herself a feminist.

    It really bugs me when women/girls claim to be feminists and empowering when they really don’t know the true meaning of the words.

  17. KellyinSeattle says:

    Sure, because whatever Miley “THINKS” is pure gold, right? She doesn’t know crap about much of anything. Say something nice….um…um…hmmm….let me think. I kind of like her haircut, but her personality and quest for acceptance kind of ruin it for me.

  18. melissa says:

    I look forward to the day (40-ish years old?) where she looks back and tells a journalist about how stupid she sounded as a kid. I hope I’m alive for that.

    • Elle Naj says:

      Why does every celeb who parties a lot feel the need to come out say that they are boring, lamey lame homebodies who sit at home reading the dictionary, or some crap like that? La Lohan did it. Tara Reid did it…I could go on. Anyway, if you are going write a song about how you can’t stop,won’t stop partying it’s a wee bit hard to believe that you’re sitting at home, knitting blankets and watching the Bachelorette.

  19. eliza says:

    She needs to learn the true definition of “feminist” and then STFU.

  20. Cheryl says:

    Feminism = Getting a pay out for having people/men have visual access to your very naked, very sexualized, very YOUNG body. It’s cutting edge, revolutionary stuff that inspires and improves the lives of girls and women everywhere. in the dark ages ONLY men had this career path open to them, and it was the only one permitted to them.
    As an aside, at least she thinks feminism is badass enough to want to be in the club.

  21. Kit says:

    Yeah! Malala Yousafzai can get lost, she’s nothing compared to this luminary. Maybe she can get more empowered by spending time with Uncle Terry.

    Oh excuse me, my eyes appear to have rolled out of my head and onto the floor.

  22. MonkSolo says:

    If Miley was a real feminist, she’d be pushing her act on Saudi Arabia. Criticism is not the same as political oppression. No one is actually stopping her from doing what she wants here.

  23. emmie_a says:

    This doesn’t have to do with her feeling about feminism (or her lack of understanding feminism) but I’ve been reading these Miley stories over the past few months and two things stick out. She has exaggerated feelings of grandiosity: She’s the biggest feminist in the world, everyone in the world is talking about her, she’s the coolest person ever, she’s ‘deeper’ than normal people, etc… And she contradicts herself a lot: Pervious she said she was a huge party animal, now she’s a hermit, she said she was a real star who doesn’t have to get naked because she has actual talent, now she gets naked, etc…
    Just seems like she is totally empty inside and she says/does whatever she thinks will get attention at the moment. There is nothing to her, which is pretty pathetic.

  24. Tapioca says:

    “Miley Cyrus has said she believes there is a “double standard” when it comes to men and women, and body image.”

    There is – the boys don’t feel they need to get naked to sell their records and the girls do! And INSTEAD of trying to fight it and asking to be judged on talent alone Ms. Cyrus is more than happy to play along.

    I also wonder why such a female-positive *cough* artist would have worked with 28 (yes – 28!) male songwriters on her album and only 2 women…

    • TheOneandOnlyOnly says:

      It takes 30 songwriters to create that generic electro-garbage; John Lennon is laughing from above.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      See that’s why I hate it that the women have to be half naked, or just generally act/dance provacative while singing their songs (which may also have sexual lyrics). It’s not that I’m against that—I think if it’s done right, the right performer can be sexy, without even really trying. One of my favorite artists is Queen–I love Freddie Mercury. When I first saw his picture, I thought he looked a little too feminine for my personal tastes (when he was young), but even when I thought he was too pretty to be hot (like in the video “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”), he *was* sexy–it’s attitude, not how little you’re wearing.

      But my main problem is, how many of these women actually *want* to dress the way that they do for their performances? How many of these women just want to get on stage, in a nice pair of pants and shirt/a nice, simple dress, maybe w/some dramatic makeup–and just SING? How many started out like that? I bet a lot.

      • Nina W says:

        We’re socialized in to it from a very early age, what woman doesn’t look in a mirror and obsess? Even men do it nowadays. Why do we do that? We’re taught to think of ourselves that way. We’re taught to be self-critical and base our sense of self worth on our physical appearance and whether or not creepy horn dogs want to jump our bones. It’s very hard to break free of that programming

      • Leila In Wunderland says:

        You bring out a great point, Virgilia Coriolanus. Some female artists- like Christina Aguilera and others- have shared the fact that they enjoy being able to wear those costumes and do those dance routines when they want to, and ‘put it away’ when they don’t want to. Other female artists, like Selena Gomez and others, admit that they are pressured by ‘their people’ and others to be more sexual than they’re comfortable with to sell their stuff, or pressured when they don’t want to, and that is the real problem. I’ve never heard a male artist say that he’s under so much pressure to be more sexual than he wants to in order to boost sales.

      • Leila In Wunderland says:

        You bring out a great point, Virgilia Coriolanus. Some female artists- like Christina Aguilera and others- have shared the fact that they enjoy being able to wear those costumes and do those dance routines when they want to, and ‘put it away’ when they don’t want to. Other female artists, like Selena Gomez and others, admit that they are pressured by ‘their people’ and others to be more sexual than they’re comfortable with to sell their stuff, or pressured when they don’t want to, and that is the real problem. I’ve never heard a male artist say that he’s under so much pressure to be more sexual than he wants to in order to boost sales.

  25. Bucky says:

    Meh, I can see some of her point. Even in all her nudity, she doesn’t pander to the male gaze or pretend to be some flawless angel without her own sexual desires (see: Taylor Swift). Nothing she’s doing could be considered “traditionally pretty,” and I like that. Also, overt sexuality and feminism are not incompatible, by any means. She seems very much to do nudity in a different way than other pop stars. When people call her sexuality “gross,” I hope they think long and hard about why they’re having that reaction. She’s not showing more skin than other pop stars – tits and ass regular currency – but Miley’s version doesn’t conform to typical expectations, and I think that’s important, and powerful.

    That said, her use of people of color and little people as props, and her (seemingly) thoughtless cultural appropriation, are inexcusable.

    • Jaded says:

      “Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment. A feminist advocates or supports the rights and equality of women.”

      So did Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Germaine Greer, etc.. get their messages across by being overtly sexual? I think not. They did it through intelligent, persistent education of the masses. Miley panders to the masses through nothing more than vulgar sexual titillation and shock. She’s as dumb as a box of hair, completely inarticulate and does nothing to inform young women today of what true feminism is all about.

      • Bucky says:

        They didn’t (but don’t pretend for a second that Gloria Steinem’s message wasn’t more accessible because she was white and pretty). And I minored in Women’s Studies, I know what feminism means, but I also know enough to know that feminism is NOT monolithic.

    • Leila In Wunderland says:

      “…overt sexuality and feminism are not incompatible, by any means.”

      That’s very true, even though the majority of people think it is. There are even women who are both sex workers and feminists.

      I also agree with you about how Miley’s sexual image comes off. It doesn’t come off as her trying to seduce and be this beautiful, feminine bombshell like we’re used to seeing. It comes off as just…. weird Miley stuff. (I couldn’t come up with a better word). It comes off as a funny prank rather than ‘temptation’. Almost like lady Gaga, but not quite. I think that’s part of the reason why it garners so much attention and so many reactions.

    • Jessica says:

      For what it’s worth, I think Rhianna’s nakedness is gross, too.

      • Bucky says:

        Haha, and I am much more OK with Rihanna and Gaga’s nakedness than I am with, like, Katy Perry’s.

        Rihanna seems very much in control of her sexuality, and very unafraid of being assertive (which is a word we associate with masculinity, and I think that’s interesting).

    • Nina W says:

      How does overt sexuality support or inform feminism? I don’t care how naked Miley gets but she doesn’t make it magically feminist. Embracing twerking does nothing for the feminist cause. Miley can do whatever fool thing she likes but lets not pretend in ties into a philosophical or political movement because it doesn’t. Miley wants attention and is doing and saying whatever to get it.

      • Leila In Wunderland says:

        “How does overt sexuality support or inform feminism?”

        Overt sexuality isn’t always feminist. Sex and nudity in and of themselves have nothing to do with feminism; those things are more about comfort, pleasure, beauty, and human desire. But the message that all women- regardless of sexual orientation, race, body type, or status as cisgender or transgender- have the ability to enjoy these things and the right to make their own choices in this area, and don’t deserve to be subjected to abuse or punishment for it, is very much feminist. Feminism can also effect how a woman feels about sex, nakedness, eroticism, clothing, e.t.c.

      • Bucky says:

        I didn’t keep up with this thread last night, but yeah, what Leila said. Again, feminism is not this monolith that was made in 1920 or 1950 or 1970 and hasn’t evolved and been debated and given rise to new questions. And OF COURSE overt sexuality is not ALWAYS feminist, or even most of the time. It’s the presentation, the intent to raise questions about expectations, that, for me, puts it closer to feminism than other nudity we see from pop stars.

        I find Taylor Swift’s feminine “perfection” image much more dangerous to feminism than I do Miley’s nudity. But hey, that’s me.

  26. marina says:

    “I feel like I’m one of the biggest feminists in the world because I tell women to not be scared of anything.” Um, how does she do that by strutting around half naked for no good reason? It’s not like she’s saying anything of substance. It’s pretty much ME, ME, ME, ME, ME, ME… but enough about ME, what do YOU think of ME?” The more she says she doesn’t care the more we know how much she does.

  27. putchka says:

    Wow, so young, foolish and uneducated. She thinks feminism is sticking her ass in peoples faces/groins and showing her labia to the world is feminism? Honey, all women have a vagina. Smart ones keep it in their underwear and show their brains. Mystery is something she has yet to learn.

  28. Jaded says:

    This is an insult to feminism which originally meant to create a level playing field for both men and women with equal pay for equal work, access to education and birth control, the right to vote, no more glass ceiling in the workplace, and the right to have sex outside of marriage. Miley seems to think that feminism means masturbating on stage and parading her drug-use in highly sexualized performances.

    An interesting article on Miley and her like….

    http://bloomersblog.com/2013/08/26/36/

    • Sloane Wyatt says:

      Thanks, Jaded.

      I LOVED this article except for including the inimitable Josephine Baker along side Miley Cyrus in the Pop Tart pantheon. Unlike these other semi nude nitwits, Josephine Baker’s cultural legacy is still alive over 100 years after her birth in 1906. – Josephine Baker dancing the Charleston topless http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL4ZoaRIj78

      Ms. Baker worked with the Red Cross during World War II, gathering intelligence for the French Resistance and entertained troops in Africa and the Middle East. After the war, she adopted 12 children from around the world & promoted her chateau as a World Village, a “showplace for brotherhood.” In 1963, she spoke at the March on Washington at the side of Martin Luther King, Jr. Miley and her ilk don’t even signify compared to Ms. Baker!

      • Jaded says:

        Thanks Sloane (yes, it’s my blog….)!

        Just to clarify, I didn’t mean to include Josephine as a pop-tart, maybe I didn’t express myself clearly (I’m new at the blog thing and I’ll fix that bit) but meant that she was the exception and her art was considered emancipating, unlike the Miley crap we’re having to endure. I too fell in love with her after seeing a TV special on her life, her work during WWII and her “Rainbow Tribe”. What a brave woman she was, she broke all the rules and made the world a better place….

  29. lucy2 says:

    The ignorance is strong with this one.

  30. Bread and Circuses says:

    Why is this girl so stupid?

    And I don’t mean”pseudo-home-schooled so she could film a show instead of going to school” stupid. Or “has never had to think hard because she’s filthy rich” stupid. I don’t even mean “low IQ” stupid.

    She’s willfully stupid. She’s “get up and slap the blinkers on intentionally” stupid.

  31. WickedSteppMom says:

    Feminist. “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

  32. Webster says:

    She may be a lot of things but a feminist, she’s not.

  33. Pam says:

    Gawd, this girl is stupid…and so full of herself!

  34. TheOneandOnlyOnly says:

    I concur with everyone, nice bio info on Josephine baker Sloane wyatt, didn’t know that, Those are things this narcissistic idiot would never do or even know about; At this point she needs to disappear, and I hope her tour bombs but there will be idiots that pay for lip synching and live autotuning, and call that a great concert.

  35. skuddles says:

    Miley Cyrus is to feminism what Harlequin Romance novels are to literature. Except tackier and stupider.

  36. franklymydear1 says:

    I’m not a woman’s lib major or anything but I feel a need to call bs. I don’t consider working with a man who has a well documented history of degrading females feminist. And, stating that there is something wrong with how pop stars have to act but further conforming to what you consider off is not feminist, ESPECIALLY when you have the ability to change it. Also, maybe I’m wrong but isn’t feminism partially a thing about equality for all, then would her way of fetishizing black women and little people contradict this?

  37. Gaby says:

    Women in this thread are amazing! Love to you all!

  38. IceQueen says:

    All I can say about Miley is-Poor thing!

  39. Lemondrop says:

    Sometimes I feel like I’m the fastest teapot in the world. Doesn’t mean I am.

    That said, I am STILL more a porcelain sprinter than Miley is a feminist.

  40. St says:

    I’m so tired of her. To even read news about her. There was too much of her. And when people are tired of some celebrity then they lose interest in them. And Miley will be very surprised to see how slowly she will vanish from the first pages of everything. Kinda like Lindsay Lohan did once she was over with her legal troubles. You can’t do shocking things every day. And no one cares bout you when you don’t do it.

    And well – all that controversy did not help Miley to sell even 500 000 of her album. Like she probably thought it would. She sold some 270 000. Eminem sold 700 000. That’s 3 times more then Miley.

    “I feel like I’m one of the biggest feminists in the world because I tell women to not be scared of anything,” she said… Miley really really doesn’t get it that NO ONE respects her and that she is public joke. On the same lever as Lohan and Bieber. Miley really thinks that she is modern day Madonna that breaks all public rules. She deosn’t understand that people laugh at her and thinks that she is idiot who does it all for attention.

  41. mar says:

    She really is pure entertainment. Come on guys! Keep talking Miley! Don’t stop!

  42. Leila In Wunderland says:

    This interview made me do a mental facepalm, but then I peaked out between my fingers and saw that she’s not completely wrong about everything she’s saying. Miley, Miley, Miley.

    The most simple definitions of ‘feminist’ basically say that it’s someone who believes that women and men are equal. Our ignorant little Miley, after hearing Lorde and Selena Gomez talking about feminism, probably looked at some online dictionary definition of the word feminist, saw that simple definition, and thought, ‘Yeah! I believe that we’re equals. I guess that makes me a feminist!’ A lot of girls who are learning what the word ‘feminist’ is for the first time think that’s all there is to it.

    Miley should take the time to study feminism before telling everyone that she’s a feminist. Because while feminism is partially about bodily and sexual autonomy, and body image as well, that’s not all there is to it.

    Miley and people close to her have talked about the reasons why she goes naked and dresses the way she does. Some of those reasons are feminist- she’s reacting to the people who bullied her for not being an asexual little virgin, it feels freeing to her, she wants to be able to wear whatever she likes, and she feels that females shouldn’t be made to feel afraid to do what they want when it comes to areas like this. But some of her other motives for doing it- like the attention-seeking, which she has been open about- aren’t feminist at all. I will say that I admire the fact that she’s been so honest about her reasons for doing this.

    My opinions about the whole clothes, nudity, and sex thing is mixed by two different feminist thoughts. On the one hand I don’t want female artists to feel the need to go naked and sex-it-up image-wise in order to get people interested in them. That’s not empowering or feminist at all. But on the other hand, I am a strong defender of a woman’s right to do whatever she pleases with her physical appearance, partially because that’s a right that the patriarchy has always tried to take away from women: It has always tried to control our physical appearance and oppressed/attacked us for it, and I don’t think feminism should imitate that. Also, I can understand and relate to some of the other reasons why women can honestly want to go nude or dress however or express themselves in a sexual ways through photos, videos, music, or dance.

    We as females have it drilled into us from puberty onward that the sight of our bodies is to blame for men and boys sexually harassing, sexually assaulting, and committing rape, that if we’re famous we can’t continue to be ‘good’ people or ‘good role models’ if we exercise our right to wear whatever we want or express ourselves sexually and want to be open about it, that dance moves that have erotic undertones or overtones are ‘bad’, that if we have sex/experiment sexually before some outsider thinks we should, or if we have more sex than some quaint, ignorant little peasant thinks we should, that makes us ‘sluts’, and that girls with self-respect and morals dress modestly and try to hold back sexually. They’re the right, healthy girls. Only damaged, problematic, troubled females with daddy issues and no self-respect wear whatever they want, embrace nudity, love sex, and want to be adventurous and sexually experiment. So to a girl or woman who is consciously or subconsciously fed up with and feels repressed by the puritanical, victim-blaming, slut-shaming cesspool that is the world we grow up in, it definitely can feel freeing, liberating, and empowering to go naked and be like, “Screw that. I’ll wear what I want and do what I want when I want.”

    So it is what it is. I know a lot of people are going get all mad and stabby and foam at the mouth and scream, “She can’t be a feminist. She twerks and wears revealing clothes and goes nude. Nudity and overt sexuality are exploitation and anti-feminist, so she can’t be one. Plus, she’s a pop idiot and I disagree and I don’t like her ARGH ARGH ARGH!” (The usual).
    But I don’t think feminism should be exclusionary- I don’t think we should pick and choose which women are welcome in feminism based on how we feel about their personal decisions or disagree with their perspective.

    • alex says:

      “We as females have it drilled into us from puberty onward that the sight of our bodies is to blame for men and boys sexually harassing, sexually assaulting, and committing rape…” Wow. I don’t know if I’d go that far.

      This mess of a girl is so insecure and thinks that acting like she is a strong “independent” woman is seeking everyone’s approval, mostly from her dad who was probably more of a friend to her than a father.

      • Leila In Wunderland says:

        The reason why I said that is because as teens, we hear at least one person say or imply that sexual harassment and sexual violence committed by males is related to how females dress. Sometimes some adult family member will even say this because they think they’re helping us or protecting us. Or sometimes we’ll hear about it in a rape case, or in other ways. One time when my sister was on huffington post saying that women should be allowed to go topless too, some lady got mad at her and said, “I’ll laugh at you if you cry rape.”

    • Beregorl says:

      Great analysis. (Especially the two different feminist thoughts.)

      Leila (by the way, are you blaize? :) ), I think sometimes you go overboard with your reactions when you feel angry or annoyed. But you’re right about so many things, and I’m always looking forward to reading your thought-provoking and interesting comments.

  43. Leila In Wunderland says:

    Also, she said more about this. I’ll copy and paste it here:

    “There’s absolutely no contradiction at all between being a feminist and taking your clothes off and being comfortable about displaying your sexuality. …] Guys get to show their (chest) on the beach, why can’t we? I don’t understand the double standard ..For me, it’s not even that I’m a feminist. I’m for anybody. I’m for everybody, for everything. I don’t care what you wanna do in your life, or who you wanna be with, who you wanna love, who you wanna look like.”

    I agree with every word of this. She still needs to educate herself though.

  44. Maria says:

    When she survives something as terrible as that little girl in Pakistan did and still stands up for what’s right for all girls, then and only then can she begin to count herself a feminist. Right now, she’s the female Bieber – a total fame leech.

    • Leila In Wunderland says:

      I agree that she’s a fame leech, but I think saying that someone has to go through what Malala went through in order to count themselves as a feminist is raising the bar a little too high. I will never go through what she went through, and most of the people here probably won’t either.

  45. Nina W says:

    Dear Miley, “Tis better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt”.

  46. Asdfg says:

    Yah know, I believe that all people should be treated equal. I’m tired of people throwing the word “feminist” around like they know what it means. Just be you, love everyone equally and you’ll make the world a better place. You don’t have to label yourself a feminist to make yourself a better person. Sometimes actions speak louder than words.

  47. Prim says:

    I think she’s exploring but probably it’s too unconscious for her to be able to articulate what it really is yet. She reminds me of art students who use their bodies in performance pieces. I knew an artist who sat in front of a mirror, made her face up perfectly then stuck a wooden spoon down her throat and threw up in a toilet. Her work was all about being sexualised and how self loathing that made a person. I’m guessing the ugliness that Miley is exploring is similar, but I doubt she would be able to express that. If she were, she wouldn’t be using terms like feminism and empowerment.

    • Prim says:

      I also think that when you’ve repressed something in yourself, connecting with it gives you an immediate high. Acting out having been sexualised in front of a huge audience would be so intense – here I am, here’s my repulsion, my self loathing, my damaged sexuality, look it’s all on show. That’s not empowerment as it’s not dealing with having been sexualised, but it is a step on from repressing what’s happened to you.

  48. Hakura says:

    I feel like I’m one of the biggest feminists in the world.”

    And *I* feel like ‘My Little Pony‘ is part of a scientologist conspiracy, meant to warp & influence the (“Superior”) minds of our children. Applejack & Rainbow Dash are the root of all EVIL.

    There. Now we *both* sound like idiots.

    Anyone who not only ‘voluntarily’ spends, but actively seeks out, time with Uncle Terry, should be banned from using the word ‘Feminist’ or ‘Feminism’, until she’s taken some sort of ‘class’. (Which both Selena Gomez & Gaga should accompany her to. Gaga was quoted as saying Terry had “the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever known.”)

  49. Hateonit. says:

    Ok, who cares about Miley? Certainly not me. She’s annoying as hell at this time and I can’t stand her. What really bothers me is what they did to the Disney princesses!!! WHY?!? why is everyone justifying her actions? Acting like she invented twerking? allowing her to smoke weed on stage and walk around half naked because she wants attention? I don’t understand why is being made to be such a big deal? She makes me nauseous to be honest….her face and actions.