Why Miley Is The Queen Of White Feminism

Why Miley Is The Queen Of White Feminism

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Last week, Miley Cyrus hosted the MTV Music Video Awards and as expected gave us a lot to talk about. The pop star was given a chance to redeem herself after her controversial performance with Robin Thicke two years ago. This time, she disappointed us with her further insensitivity toward the Black community and their culture. So much so, she was called out on it by Nicki Minaj after her comments about Minaj speaking up about the mistreatment of Black women in the music industry. For someone who self identifies as a feminist, Cyrus's actions speak louder than her words. Just in case you've lost track of her inappropriateness, here is a list to remind you why she represents white feminism at its finest:

1. She built her career on the exploitation of black culture.

Like her character Hannah Montana, Cyrus enjoys getting the "best of both worlds" by immersing herself in "ratchet culture" while reaping the benefits of white privilege. Bandanas, gold grillz, big hoops, and provocative clothing historically belong to a community that shares a struggle Cyrus has never had to endure. Miley has the luxury of taking off her "costumes" and living her life as every other wealthy white woman does. Cyrus has also made a huge profit off "twerking," a dance that was adopted by a New Orleans' Hip Hop movement that focused on good times and small pleasures in an otherwise marginalized setting. Miley uses twerking as one of her method's of sexual empowerment. Yet although widely criticized, she is under the impression that the backlash she receives is solely based on her sexual behavior rather than her racial ignorance.

2. Uses women of color as "human props."

Remember when Gwen Stefani was called out for using Japanese women as accessories during her musical career? Add Cyrus to the list of white woman in the music industry exploiting women of color in music videos and performances. Even though she has been repeatedly called out for it, she refuses to acknowledge that surrounding herself with Black women and basically saying "look at me, look at me!" has some serious racist connotations. Using Black women to gain "urban" credibility is not okay. Oh, and just for the record, having the approval of two or three rappers does not justify her behavior.

3. Expects her thoughts on sexism to be heard, but silences women of color.

It is already so hard for women to be heard as is. Being of color just makes that struggle twice as hard. Instead of listening to what Minaj had to say about the music industry, Cyrus blamed her for making it about race. In an interview, she said, "If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that. But don’t make it just about yourself. Say: 'This is the reason why I think it’s important to be nominated. There’s girls everywhere with this body type.'" Not only did Cyrus silence a woman who had the guts to speak up, she also tone-policed her. Feminists are constantly criticized for the tone they use when talking about female oppression. People of color are constantly told they are overreacting or being too sensitive. News flash: if you are being marginalized being polite is irrelevant.

4. Perpetuates racial stereotypes that hurt Black women.

Cyrus also said, "What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It’s not very polite...But I don’t respect your statement because of the anger that came with it." Once again, a Black woman speaks up and she is stereotyped as the "Angry Black Woman." Black women's activist efforts are constantly derailed by this stereotype. As if their points were less valid because of the emotion that comes with them. You can't minimize someone's experience just because you feel uncomfortable with the emotions that they ensued.

5. Seems to value Black culture, but not enough to value Black lives.

Lastly, Cyrus insinuated that she did understand what it meant to be Black. "I know the statistics. I know what’s going on in the world." Interestingly enough, Cyrus has never used her love for Black culture to raise awareness about the hundreds of Black men and women being killed every day. They say, "white silence equals white consent." It couldn't be more obvious that the only Black lives she cares about are the ones that dance in her videos and the ones she smokes weed with.

To sum it up, Cyrus is white feminism at its peak. What she calls female empowerment, I call "Miley empowerment." Using feminist wisdom to support her agenda is totally missing the point. From her blonde dreads to her offensive language, Cyrus deserved to be called out. She needs a harsh reality check.

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2018 is sort of a trap for this woman. She believes in women with all of the fire inside of her, but it is hard for her to offer support when people are making fools of themselves and disguising it as feminism.

The fact of the matter is that women possess qualities that men don't and men possess qualities that women don't. That is natural. Plus, no one sees men parading the streets in penis costumes complaining that they don't get to carry their own fetus for nine months.

1. She really loves and values women.

She is incredibly proud to be a woman.

She knows the amount of power than a woman's presence alone can hold. She sees when a woman walks into a room and makes the whole place light up. She begs that you won't make her feel like a "lady hater" because she doesn't want to follow a trend that she doesn't agree with.

2. She wants equality, too

She has seen the fundamental issues in the corporate world, where women and men are not receiving equal pay.

She doesn't cheer on the businesses that don't see women and men as equivalents. But she does recognize that if she works her butt off, she can be as successful as she wants to.

3. She wears a bra.

While she knows the "I don't have to wear a bra for society" trend isn't a new one, but she doesn't quite get it. Like maybe she wants to wear a bra because it makes her feel better. Maybe she wears a bra because it is the normal things to do... And that's OK.

Maybe she wants to put wear a lacy bra and pretty makeup to feel girly on .a date night. She is confused by the women who claim to be "fighting for women," because sometimes they make her feel bad for expressing her ladyhood in a different way than them.

4. She hates creeps just as much as you do. .

Just because she isn't a feminist does not mean that she is cool with the gruesome reality that 1 in 5 women are sexually abused.

In fact, this makes her stomach turn inside out to think about. She knows and loves people who have been through such a tragedy and wants to put the terrible, creepy, sexually charged criminals behind bars just as bad as the next woman.

Remember that just because she isn't a feminist doesn't mean she thinks awful men can do whatever they want.

5. There is a reason she is ashamed of 2018's version of feminism.

She looks at women in history who have made a difference and is miserably blown away by modern feminism's performance.

Not only have women in the past won themselves the right to vote, but also the right to buy birth control and have credit cards in their names and EVEN saw marital rape become a criminal offense.

None of them dressed in vagina costumes to win anyone over though... Crazy, right?

6. She isn't going to dress in a lady parts costume to prove a point.

This leaves her speechless. It is like the women around her have absolutely lost their minds and their agendas, only lessening their own credibility.

"Mom, what are those ladies on TV dressed up as?"

"Ummm... it looks to me like they are pink taco's honey."

She loves who she is and she cherished what makes her different from the men around her. She doesn't want to compromise who she is as a woman just so she can be "equal with men."

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Patriotism Is More Than Putting The American Flag On Everything

Because honestly, people in other countries don't wear their flags like we do - and they still love where they live.

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Patriotism is "the feeling of loving your country more than any others and being proud of it," according to the Cambridge dictionary. Nowhere in that definition does it mention painting flags on vehicles or wearing them on our clothes is a requirement. It's not even recommended. Yet somewhere along the way, America got in its head that if you don't wear flags on your clothing at least 24 times a year, you must be committing treason or a terrorist or something.

Now I am obviously exaggerating! However, there are so many other ways to be patriotic, and it is time for 'Merica to understand that.

In order to love your country more than any others and be proud of it- AKA being patriotic- help make your country a place you should be proud of. Support things that not only benefit yourself but your children (or children in general if you don't have any of your own).

Maybe this means voting for higher taxes on yourself to improve the quality of life for others. Higher income taxes actually benefit the upper class because of write-offs, while higher sales taxes benefit the middle and lower classes. Why? Rich people buy more stuff and can't write it all off.

I know, I know, I know. This country was founded on the hatred of taxes. "Taxes are stealing." The whole bit. But taxes are a required part of life, so start thinking about how to best use them.

Universal healthcare is paid for through tax dollars. I get it- "that's socialist and we aren't a socialist country" or whatever your argument is, but hear me out... We are supposedly guaranteed the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness... People cannot choose if they will be healthy or not. Not having universal healthcare means not everyone is insured and can go to the doctor, which means as a country we are telling people who cannot afford those things that their lives are somehow worth less... Is that not a denial of the unalienable rights we bragged about at our country's founding?

Oh, sorry, was that off topic? In order to have patriotism, we have to have something to be proud of... If we have a country full of sick people who can't get better, should we really be proud of that?

Should we really be proud of a country who seeks to destroy our environment for finite resources instead of looking to renewable energy sources to create cleaner power- and more jobs? Should we be proud of a country that thinks of diplomacy like a business? Should we be proud of a country where diversity is avoided, and we judge those different than ourselves despite claiming to be a melting pot?

Guess what? I'm not proud. I'm tired of living in a country that claims to be the best when it is only really number one at defense spending, arms exports, natural gas output, number of people incarcerated per capita, number of fast food restaurants, number of mass shootings per year, and highest medical costs.

I'm proud of those who have fought for our freedoms, be it at war or for civil rights at home, but I am not proud of what we've done with it all. I couldn't care less about how great our country was or can be. What I care about is living in a place where we take care of one another and want everyone to succeed, not just a handful of individuals at the expense of others. Life isn't a race- someone else's success or failure should not determine if you get the health care you need.

Paint your flags all over and ignore this if you like. Call me unpatriotic- I can handle it. If the state of America right now does not bother you, go on with your inaction. But patriotism has less to do with wearing flag bathing suits, and far more to do with being a contributing member of a society that does not stand for injustices. And right now, America, there are a lot of injustices.

I am patriotic; I am proud of the accomplishments in our past. But unless we start making advances and investments in a country and society that deserves pride... I'm ashamed to think of what is to come.

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