Well, first off, Christmas should be about Christmas, and not about “creampies.” But there is a bigger issue here for women and girls. It’s past time that women stop selling themselves as animated sex toys, because so long as that’s the view of ourselves that we promote, we will never – never – be seen as the equals of men.
As the Examiner opines, “Cyrus has been working overtime to shed her good girl image since turning 18, but seems determined to make this the year she convinces the world that she’s just as skanky as the rest of the girls.” And sure enough, her recent performance in the “Christmas Creampies” concert in Hollywood was right down there in the gutter.
Was the concert all just innocent fun? Um… no. First of all, for anyone who does not know the definition of a “creampie,” I invite you to run a quick search on the phrase “creampie definition,” and see just what it means. It’s pretty pornographically explicit. Second, Cyrus shared the stage with pole-dancing, topless strippers; third, Cyrus’ own outfit has been described as “S&M” or “bondage-inspired,” and it certainly didn’t leave much to the imagination. Fourth, the song itself was a reprise of the “Decisions” video she made with Borgore, in which a prominent refrain is “…’cause bitches love cake.” Wow. The whole message – naked or scantily-clad bitches who only love the material things a man can give them – is as demeaning as it gets. Thanks, Miley, for so cheerfully helping to perpetuate this image for young girls to live up to.
This is why I’m frustrated with Miley’s newfound skankiness: because it matters to the rest of us! Like it or not, public figures of all sorts are also role models. When girls look at female politicians, scientists, writers, athletes, or celebrities, the very lives of those public figures demonstrate what is desirable, or even possible for others. Miley’s choices in her transition from Disney child star to adult have not been so much coming-of-age as they have been conversion-to-sleaze. The unintended message is: “female performers have to be slutty, raunchy, and sleazy.” Perhaps more generally, “Females have to be slutty, raunchy, and sleazy.” Oh, and females also should think it’s funny and hip to be referred to as shallow, materialistic “bitches.”
Is this just one more symptom of our culture over-sexualizing girls? Is this really what a female performer has to do to succeed? Miley already had a head start in show business thanks to her famous father and her Hannah Montana days, so if she couldn’t make a classy transition to adult star, can any woman? Her other former Disney colleagues – Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera – also put on ultra-revealing, sexy costumes on stage and off as they came of age. What is this? Were they not talented enough to succeed on the basis of their music? Are women ignored unless they’re mostly naked?
Okay, I get it. Sex sells, which is why it’s… everywhere in our culture. But there is a big difference between “sexy,” which can also be classy and respectable, and plain old raunchiness, which can’t. Women everywhere – and especially those in a public role – owe it to themselves and other women to make themselves the equals of men. And taking the cheap, easy “sex sells” route is not the way to do that.