17, 18 or 25: Miley’s sexuality still would be scrutinized

I don’t care for Miley Cyrus. I think her music — especially her new single “Can’t Be Tamed” — is mediocre, and I think she says a lot of obnoxious things, like that she listens “to zero pop music, which is really weird for someone who makes pop music,” and then tries to argue that her pop music means something and isn’t shallow like all the other pop music (I guess I didn’t think enough about what “Party in the USA” really means). But, I am about to somewhat defend her.

Miley has taken a lot of crap lately for being overtly sexual in both her new music video for “Can’t Be Tamed” and her recent performances on the MuchMusic Awards show. Dancing provocatively, wearing revealing outfits, simulating a lesbian kiss — it’s all too much, allegedly because she is 17 and legally underage. Which brings me to this question: Is her hypersexualized image suddenly going to be OK once she turns 18?

Turning 18 is a rite of passage into adulthood, but it’s an arbitrary legal number. When it comes to famous people, fans who feel dirty about lusting after an underage star like Miley (as people did with the Olsen twins and Lindsay Lohan) suddenly feel cleaner when that celebrity’s 18th birthday rolls around — as if oogling an 18-year-old teenager is somehow more virtuous than oogling a 17-and-a-half-year-old teenager.

So when people gasp, “But Miley is only 17!”, it makes me wonder how the hell will she be any different when she is 18. Under the eyes of the law she is an adult, but again, it’s just an arbitrary number. In a few U.S. states, the legal age is older than 18, and in several countries the legal age is either less than or more than 18 — it’s not a universal rule, but more like something most states and countries think is a nice, round number.

And these arguments that Miley is only 17 imply that society wouldn’t scrutinize her sexuality if she were 18 — doubtful. Take a look at Britney Spears, Christina Aquilera, Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan, and the list goes on and on — all are under constant scrutiny for being too raunchy, too revealing, too forward, etc. The backlash is especially strong for people like Spears, Aguilera, and Lohan, who — like Miley — had an early career founded in wholesomeness that became more overtly sexual as they got older.

So while critics are going to say “She’s only 17!”, this will quickly turn into “She’s only 18!”, proving that it’s not her underage-ness that people are truly outraged about, but the fact that she A) used to be a wholesome Disney star and society wants to know how it can fix her “hypersexual disease” and turn her back into that girl again, and B) wears revealing outfits and simulates lesbian kisses.

Her age is simply how critics qualify their disturbed reaction to her overt sexuality — it’s not that they have a problem with a woman openly expressing her sexuality, it’s just that she is only 17! It’s easy to gain followers for that argument because really, how many people are going to champion an underage teenager grinding on a stripper pole? But once she turns 18, the critics will lose that excuse, and I doubt their scrutiny will be lost along with it.


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2 Responses to “17, 18 or 25: Miley’s sexuality still would be scrutinized”

  1. babytyche08 Says:

    I honestly don’t like Miley.She’s not showing good image to the youth

  2. ddg Says:

    to the first coment, Miley doesnt like u either! hahaha, if u don’t like Miley
    then why read her post? u have too much time on your hands and u need
    a job, some friends and a hobby!

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