Right out of the gate I want to assure you that I’m not judging Miley Cyrus or Robin Thicke in this cartoon and post. This cartoon is about us, not them. I’m sure Cyrus doesn’t mind the press.
Actually, before this ever happened they were saying, “Let’s do something people will NEVER forget!” And they did. Mission accomplished. I don’t feel sorry for Cyrus. She’ll make mistakes like the rest of us, but she’s a smart, savvy, talented woman.
What I am critiquing is our reaction to her. Cyrus receives all the criticism. Thicke barely none. Many suggest, and I’m listening, that this is one huge, public and graphic exposure of the rape culture we live in.
Here’s the critique of one sexologist:
If you think a woman in a tan vinyl bra and underwear, grabbing her crotch and grinding up on a dance partner is raunchy, trashy, and offensive but you don’t think her dance partner is raunchy, trashy, or offensive as he sings a song about “blurred” lines of consent and propagating rape culture, then you may want to reevaluate your acceptance of double standards and your belief in stereotypes about how men vs. women “should” and are “allowed” to behave.
The bewilderment so many express towards Cyrus’ act betrays their confusion in the face of a blatant challenge of our stereotypes and double standards. The challenge is deserved.
In fact, it was such a blatant challenge that sometimes I wonder if this wasn’t all performed for this very purpose.