Twerking, Slut-shaming, and other things that blew up my Newsfeed yesterday
By Sam Perwin
I didn't watch the VMA's on Sunday night. These days, sad to say, the VMA's just make me feel old - and from what I heard about the N'SYNC reunion, they made a lot of people feel the same way. Yet, I wanted to write about something that irks me generally and was all up in my newsfeed yesterday: slut-shaming, namely, the slut-shaming of one Miley Cyrus.
If the title of this post wasn't clear enough, let me reiterate: I don't care at all about Miley Cyrus. Well, that's not entirely true - I don't care if she wants to dress up like a hooker and shake her ass from here to Tuesday, and really no one should, but more on that later. What people should be talking about is that Miley Cyrus is talent-free and her music makes me want to drive sharp rusty things into my eyes. With one notable exception, every song I've ever heard of hers is bland, terrible, and auto-tuned within an inch of its life because clearly she can't sing.
While all of those things are true, there was a ton of vitriol against Ms. Cyrus after Sunday night's performance not because she remains talentless and her music is the lowest form of crap, but because she wore a skimpy outfit and grinded up against Robin Thicke. Really? This is news? Is it because she used to be Hannah Montana? Is it because she's young? I have no idea. But newsflash, internet, women are sexual and it's OK. This is 2013. Are we really still upset about things like this?
I am certainly not upset that this happened on Buzzfeed.
Furthermore, calling someone a slut because they perform a certain way is narrow-minded and just plain wrong. My friend Josh Appelbaum, a contributer to an awesome music blog called Occupy the Disco, posted this on Facebook, and I couldn't agree more:
Amen, say we. What Miley does in the bedroom is her business and what she puts out on stage is an entirely different matter. And even if she does express her sexuality, are we really still at a point where we can't handle women who are sexual? Did Sex & The City teach us nothing? My point (and I do have one) is, we can't keep telling women that it's OK to be sexually liberated then make them feel bad about themselves for doing it. We've come a long way from the Madonna/Whore complex (I hope). Let's keep moving in the right direction, shall we? Oh, and listen to better music that Miley Cyrus.
 - Duh, Party in the USA is a great song. But that is because it was written by Jessie J, an amazingly talented british singer/song writer that I wish was half as famous as Miley Cyrus is.