Sept. 29, 2013

What's the Ruckus?

by Bobby Villado (author's profile)

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What's the Ruckus
9-5-13

About a week or so ago after the MTV Music Awards, the media, internet and social media were abuzz with and outraged at the performance of Miley Cyrus. But what the fuck are they complaining about?

How can people criticize her (Miley) when the atmosphere and culture is passed inflation with sexualization? How can media personnel say anything when women are paid to sell their bodies in pornographic films? Which in essence is a legal form of prostitution? How can anybody get mad at Miley Cyrus for only portraying what is all around her? Commercials with very provocative sexual innuendos? Beauty pageants and contest that showcase women as if they're items to be sold at an auction house?

What's the ruckus? Don't get upset, society. If people should get upset they should be upset that there's a big market that condones sexual behavior and sexual acts! Miley Cyrus was just showing a reflection of what is accepted as good and mostly "fun" in a society that profits off the commercialization and sexualization of women. One need only find women selling their "virginity" on the internet for money.

If Miley Cyrus' performance was shocking then people are truly out of whack with society. What's shocking is that there is legalized prostitution houses. If her performance was a bad example to young children, then the example that video 'vixens' and other 'higher' women is a really bad example. Hopefully people in the year 3000 will look back and say that our era of civilization acted more like cavemen and children than the people who created atomic weapons.

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JT Posted 5 years, 10 months ago. ✓ Mailed 5 years, 10 months ago   Favorite
No, I disagree. MC needs to take responsibility for her behavior. She did what she did (mimic porn and present it on TV) and she is responsible: if she's mimicking porn, then she's a porn 'actress'. That's what she is. She can't just say - it's not me, it's society.

For what it's worth, I don't watch porn and I don't support it. Frankly, I hope that she learns from her mistake and starts to live her life not just for herself, but, occasionally, for someone else. She has a lot of money - and it would be nice if she gave a darn about helping someone other than herself.

And I sure don't give they guy she danced with a buy on this - he did the wrong thing, too.

I don't have a lot of money, but I dedicate my time and effort to helping people.

Anyway, that's my opinion.

JT

Bobby Villado Posted 5 years, 7 months ago.   Favorite
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JT Posted 5 years, 7 months ago. ✓ Mailed 5 years, 6 months ago   Favorite
I totally agree. She's young and has a lot of growing up to do. It's hard enough finding yourself - but she is doing that with a team of handlers and fans who are hanging on every word. It's real (in that it's her real life), but it's not *real*.

On the other hand, at 23 I had graduated college and was working. I would never have done what she did. I'm not a prude - in fact, I'm a pretty liberal democrat. But I wanted to do something good in the world. And I valued kindness.

We all make mistakes. I made a whole bunch. But when I made them, I was self aware enough to know what they were. I get it that the culture supports her behavior (it sure does money wise!). But I hold her responsible because it's the only thing that will help her. (That and rehab, which I suspect is coming....)

JT

Bobby Villado Posted 5 years, 5 months ago.   Favorite
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nessa Posted 5 years, 5 months ago. ✓ Mailed 5 years, 4 months ago   Favorite
Thanks for writing! I finished the transcription for your post.

JT Posted 5 years, 3 months ago. ✓ Mailed 5 years, 2 months ago   Favorite
Those are so complicated! I see myself as a feminist (I remember when it was a good way to describe yourself!).

And I know that lots of people say that women who do stuff like that are really being feminists - but

I've worked with lots of folks who did that (strip, prostitute) and they were abused, drug addicted - and really struggled in life. Nothing was good about that whole 'scene.'

In fact, of all the things the women talked about - the most shameful (and they talked about everything else) but the most shameful and the thing they saved until the very end - was the terrible secret of prostitution.

That was their lowest point. Always.

So, do I want it to be illegal.....I don't know. I don't want to decide. I know I don't want to participate in that culture - or support it - but I don't want to decide whether it's illegal or not.

I just know that it hurts people. And that makes me terribly sad.

jt

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