Miley Cyrus Says Her Sexy Image Empowers Women

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Is pop star Miley Cyrus' sexy new image empowering for women?

The 17-year-old pop sensation seems to think so. In an interview with MTV (via PopEater) Miley said that she hopes that her new image empowers young women:

It's just about freeing yourself from anything you think is holding you back. And I think that's really important, especially for girls, because so many people are told, 'No, you can't do something,' or, 'You need to be this because mom and dad say that, teachers say this.'

Sounds like the "Can't Be Tamed" chanteuse is a modern day Betty Friedan!

But don't think that Miley's new feminist-y image is all about empowering young women to wear skimpy outfits and leotards, she also sings about real issues:

I wrote ['Liberty Walk'] for women that feel like they're stuck in abusive relationships, but it's a dance song. So you think that must be kind of a sad ballad, but it's a party song. ... It's about breaking free.

Wow, a dance song about abusive relationships? Sounds like there are a lot of different emotions going on with that song. Part of us wants to dance and the other part of us wants to carefully mull over the impact that abusive relationships have on young women.

What do you think on Miley's empowerment claim?

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  • Apolonia Ritts
    Apolonia Ritts

    Not making me rich but http://407writing.com pays weekly

  • jj
    jj

    miley l love you can i suck ur vagina????

  • hoeley
    hoeley

    It's funny how everyone is taking up for Miley yet people hate on Britney Spears and Lindsey Lohan. Miley's just a younger version of them.

  • Skank Cyrusd
    Skank Cyrusd

    Miley, get the f u c k off televison please. Get a job you can actually do. You're pretty good at taking your clothes off, giving lapdances, and pole dancing, so why not become a stripper? I mean you're already skanky and 50 year old men are already having fantasies about you so becoming a stripper would be perfect for you!

  • I Hate Miley
    I Hate Miley

    Okay, to those telling people to shut up about hating on Miley, give it a rest. Not EVERYONE is going to be obsessed over her like you wannabe hoes. EVERYONE has a right to their opinion. If people should shut up and stop hating on her, then you guys can shut up and stop obsessing over her. You guys are just a little too blind to see that what she's doing IS wrong. It's okay to want to feel grown up and sexy and mature but she takes it a little too far. 17 year olds shouldn't dress like that. She uses the excuse that other teens do the same thing but so what? It's like saying other kids are getting high so I should too. She needs to be a ROLEMODEL. If she wants to feel sexy, that's fine. Nothing wrong with that. But dressing the way she does when she's not even 18 yet is really, really wrong. That's NOT sexy, it makes her look cheap and trampy. There's a thing called self-respect and she really needs it. But for all of you calling us stupid need to stop. Just because we don't like her doesn't mean we're idiots, thank you very much.

  • Miley Cyrus Sucks
    Miley Cyrus Sucks

    f.u.c.k of bitch if you feel sick so stop looking at mirror maby then you wont feel this way !! and if you dont like Miley so stop sayng that because you are toooo stupid to understan wath she is sayng you slut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stop calling people stupid if you're the one who can't even spell right. People have a right to their opinions, just like you do. If people should shut up and stop hating over Miley then you should shut up and stop obsessing over her. Retard.

  • Jayzee Fresh
    Jayzee Fresh

    Go miley u baaabe! People just feel threatened by your confidence, but smart people hear what you've got to say without judging!! How can you be threatened by a skank? I would feel threatened by a successful business woman or an artist who uses her talent to sell records. Titz and glitz? It's all been done by every two bit whore who doesn't have the brains to realize they are being manipulated by men. Show me a classy lady with success behind her, the strength of character to stand tall and risk failure without flashing her skank and then I'll show you someone to be jealous of. This is just more rediculous, immature whack.

  • Ammy
    Ammy

    Miley stop criticizing now! You're sexist! Justin Bieber also got a tattoo, and nothing happens no? and miley does and it is a bitch and a whore? sexist! she is the best! and can not be hanna montana all life and I think her sexy image Improve womans, so that we leave the tags at once if a guy does nothing happens, but what makes a girl is a slut? HAHAHA sexist!

  • FUCKU
    FUCKU

    Shut up....You make me feel seek... you don't even know how to spell 'sick'..stupid stop hating because she's pretty and talented..

  • Milly
    Milly

    i think miley is beautiful and has a beautiful body leave her alone she is changing and people are going to change her for the worse if they dont leave her be. You are so rith girl! I'am down with you ;]*

  • bob
    bob

    Miley Cyrus Says Her Sexy Image Empowers Women... LOL she is more deluded that I first thought.

  • Laura
    Laura

    i think miley is beautiful and has a beautiful body leave her alone she is changing and people are going to change her for the worse if they dont leave her be.

  • Sam
    Sam

    lol so sad this is just pathetic!! I really think it is too soon for her to be BREAKING out not. I really dislike her and what WOMEN are empowered by her, her fans are all still either young kids, or teenagers not adult women!!!

  • Enid
    Enid

    @ Tiffany: You claim that if Ms. Cyrus decides to wear skimpy clothing onstage, it is because she chose to do it and she is comfortable with it. Perhaps you're forgetting how Miley ever happened to be famous. She claims to have made this transition from a tween to a young woman, and to be honest, I wouldn't mind that if she didn't cheapen it so. For instance, "Liberty Walk" discusses a topic that is definitely meant to strengthen women, whether they are or aren't paralyzed in abusive relationships. But you wouldn't tell unless you listen to the lyrics rather carefully. It is still a typical dance-pop number. Why would Miley's producers and writers couple such a serious topic with such a hackneyed tune? Fact is, Miley was, and still is, a product of Disney. Miley didn't "write" the song; she had four other people in the process. She doesn't have as much control over "Can't Be Tamed" as her fans would like to believe. She doesn't choose to wear that getup on stage; her stylists doll her up beforehand. Even when she's asked about her latest work, you can tell by her answers that Miley really doesn't have a clue as to why she's doing this. "It's about breaking free." That's all I've ever heard about this album. Breaking free from what? From being juxtaposed as jailbait? Mediocrity? Those words have lost meaning, thanks to her. To be honest, I don't believe being scantily dressed always equates to "sex sells." I think entertainers like Lady Gaga and Beyonce can express female empowerment properly, despite their outfits. But I don't expect Miley Cyrus to catch on yet. I have never seen her as talented, nor do I consider her songs interesting.

  • Tiffany
    Tiffany

    Miley Cyrus has been working for almost 10 years in the entertainment industry which gives her allowance to do more than the average 17 year old. She technically has a lot more power than most teens today. She'll be 18 in November, which will make her an adult legally to do whatever the hell she wants. If she wants to wear really short shorts one day and a short skirt the next day, she has every right to do so. Her being empowered means that she decides, she makes her decisions in her life, including what she wears. The public constantly blames or criticizes young girls and women in the entertainment industry for not upholding this virginal, good girl image which is extremely limiting. So the minute a girl wears something that is less conservative she is called out for being to risque, but if she were to upkeep the image of the wholesome, good girl, then she would be classified as boring and the public, media would no longer be interested in her and move on to someone else. If she wants to go on stage wearing tassels and a thong, if that was her decision and if she did it with confidence, then she should be celebrated for making a decision she wanted. If you don't agree with her choices, you have every right to not agree, but it doesn't make you the authority figure to tell her or anyone for that matter what they shouldn't do. Simply stop looking and leave it at that. There's a difference between voicing one's opinion and telling someone that they are wrong for something you don't agree with it.

  • ....
    ....

    LOL! Anybody notice how all of the Miley fans can't spell? Just putting it out there! I really don't have anything against her but seriously just take a look at it. this is the internet moron. Its very easy to make mistakes, especially if you type fast.

  • CandyApple
    CandyApple

    LOL! Anybody notice how all of the Miley fans can't spell? Just putting it out there! I really don't have anything against her but seriously just take a look at it.

  • Alianne
    Alianne

    You know what bugs me most about her saying it's empowering? Earlier she made a statement saying she didn't liek Hollywood's double standards... Going with the standards you hate isn't empowerment, it's the exact opposite! Empower women by being succesful AND not being overtly sexual, which is pretty much what's needed to survive: T&A. So you saying being sexual isn't empowering. I find it rather demeaning as a woman, that your songs make you sound flighty and inconsistent and vain, and your stage performances objectify you. Feminism is about gender equality, not being a sex object!

  • Lee
    Lee

    f.u.c.k of bitch if you feel sick so stop looking at mirror maby then you wont feel this way !! and if you dont like Miley so stop sayng that because you are toooo stupid to understan wath she is sayng you slut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow, someone needs to take some grade school grammar lessons. As a women who has been abused, I see no role model whatsoever in Miley. I see a young women desperate for attention and is using the wrong avenues to go about getting it. Also I would like to point out that calling someone a "slut" for stating an opinion is a absolute childish thing to do. Why don't you educate yourself and learn some grown up words so you can speak with adults.

  • simplydiffer
    simplydiffer

    oh sure 'cause selling your body, and be just 17 and wear slutty outfits really is empowering for women You know is total different than use the woman body like a thing, and making beauty standars to actually be a person Miley sorry but you are an idiot you took the words right out of my mouth. really miley? i hate it when celebs say that acting like a slut it empowers women. no it doesn't. it just promotes that the best way to get notice is in the statement "sex sells" for women, and i myself do not find that empowering to our gender.

  • Danielle
    Danielle

    LOL "wrote the song"SUREEEE hahahahaha

  • paul
    paul

    Shut up....You make me feel seek... You shut up, Miley's great if you don't like her than why do you keep on checking her latest news and commenting ? you don't like her than just don't comment on what she does, respect her

  • sasso
    sasso

    what a slutt !

  • Monique
    Monique

    I get what she's trying to say, that women deal with certain double standards when it comes to their sexuality, That we should be ashmed to feel sexual, when we shouldn't! But tutu makes a very valid point. Selling sex through music isn't very empowering to me. Whether she's doing it on purpose or not, she is indeed selling sex, like so many other pop artist(Beyonce, Lady GaGa, Britney Spears etc.) You can be content with your sexuality without having to wear skimpy outfits. But some, famous or not, are comfortable in those types of clothes. Some would rather wear NO clothing! And Miley pretty much admitted she doesn't listen to her parents, but she should! She's telling girls to not listen to their parents and wear what they want! Granted you SHOULD be allowed to wear as you please, but you should also respect your parents. Not enough teenagers respect their parents these days. I do! The main reason kids don't listen to thier parents is because parents these days would rather be their childs friends than a disciplinary. I'm With you on that one. :)

  • Kiara
    Kiara

    Ok you people need to get something through yoru heads. Miley is indeed nearly an adult, her family and friends have said in interviews that she is very mature for her age. She is her own person who always has a good reason for things. You people focus soo much of what she does wrong, your blind to notice all the amazing things she does, like supporting so many charities, always making time for her fans. Oh and someone mentioned in the comments about her young fans wanting to be like her. Umm i'm sorry but Miley isn't their mom, her young fans who want to for eg, dress like her, like they see her preformence and want to dress the same. I'm pretty sure those kids parents should be smart enough to say NO! Mileys fans are also in their teens, teens who understand whats right, a bunch of kids who probably have been fans for about a year, well thats their problem, cause there are teens who have loved her since Hannah Montana started and they shouldn't have to stick with all the Disney stuff just cause a bunch of NEW fans want it. You all know Miley never means to make these mistakes, shes an amazing preformer who is growing up, you can't stop it from happening. So just give it a rest!

  • jen
    jen

    GO MILEY! You morons need to understand that, she has the confidence that you apparently loathe. Confidence is nothing bad, shes not out there acting slutty, to be slutty. People call her slutty, that doesn't make it so. So if you don't like her, f*ck off!

  • All Hands on Deck!
    All Hands on Deck!

    You know when young famous stars like her wanna send messages or whatever, why do you have to put sexual stuff with it. If you do that, that's just distracting people away from the message. No matter what you say the message is about, people are not going to see it that way if you have sexual themes with it or whatever. For example: if miley is dressing like that and performing "Can't be Tamed", dancing around and doing whatever she does people in the crowd are not listening to the message or getting it, their basically just looking at her trying to act sexy. Dont mix messages with sexual stuff cuz people wont get the message or take u seriously. If cant be tamed was a soft ballad song and miley showed maturity in the music video (not sexed-up or anything. just showing a gentle young woman, trying to get her point out), people would have probably gotten the message and would probably given miley a chance......but i guess she think mature mean dressing like that.........

  • Daz
    Daz

    I don't know whoever thought that dressing in skimpy outfits somehow means you're empowering women, but it doesn't. All it does is continue to perpetuate a stereotype that women are just objects and things to be gawked at. I'm all for expressing yourself, but anyone who looks at that picture would not think "She's empowering women! Good for her!" Does anyone understand that it's photos like these and all the news of her behavior that cause me to turn on the radio to hear a poll about what percentage of men would add Miley Cyrus to their "spank banks" when she turns 18. I'm sorry, that's not empowering, it's not expressing yourself and being free, it's just a sickening show of what she thinks it means to be a woman.

  • It's to much
    It's to much

    I enjoy her music but her new image is so unbelievably unnecessary. She does not even have any good reason to back it up. Her new album kind of blows and the can't be tamed video was completely unoriginal.

  • Stan Brabant a old fan
    Stan Brabant a old fan

    You go Girl / u Live your own sweet.Cant you see these awholes are green Bacause u r rich good lookin a got mo tallent in baby finger./ Most of all you r young/

  • ~Hailey~
    ~Hailey~

    Miley;' music is great , and she is just trying to accommodate her style with her music. And I dont think that you all should argument about it with with each other. If you dont like it! Fine! but why you should call her like, slut,bitch our even worst? You know I'am Miley's fan too and that's not nice when someone call's her like that, probally it's not nice for you when someone's insult your's favorites! That's just so mean of some of you ;((

  • Gangsta
    Gangsta

    Ya I'am not writing in english good because I live in other state you Idiot! And alot of peoples are agree with me, you know why? Because yoa bitchy dont understand anything about good music our good style! If yoa taste is... I dont know like it was 1980 so I dont know maby you should find a time machine and go back to the past and find ,,the beatles" witch is probally your taste of f.u.c.k.i.n.g music bitcy!!!! That is so funny ;DD you like from other state really making good American points ;DD keep on going girl ;]** And ya Sinéad you really dont understand about music at all!!!!

  • Milly
    Milly

    Yea... uhmm...Before you come on these sites, acting angsty, try using good grammer. Obvioussly your music taste is S.H.I.T... but c'mon. We shouldnt all have to suffer from your stupid comments. Kthnxbye Ya I'am not writing in english good because I live in other state you Idiot! And alot of peoples are agree with me, you know why? Because yoa bitchy dont understand anything about good music our good style! If yoa taste is... I dont know like it was 1980 so I dont know maby you should find a time machine and go back to the past and find ,,the beatles" witch is probally your taste of f.u.c.k.i.n.g music bitcy!!!!

  • Colleen Caldwell
    Colleen Caldwell

    My concern is about all of Miley's very young fans. They want to be her, be like her, dress like her... I am sorry Miley but you do owe your young fans who got you where you are today.

  • Choko
    Choko

    It might be empowering for some women, but Miley is thin, young, and skinny - she can be praised for wearing skimpy outfits, while other girls cannot. What about those girls who aren't a size 4? How are they empowered by HER image?

  • phoenix
    phoenix

    On Liberty Walk: abusive relationships are serious things, why would you make a DANCE song about it? So girls can dance and enjoy the fact their being abused? FAIL.

  • ashley
    ashley

    Yea... uhmm...Before you come on these sites, acting angsty, try using good grammer. Obvioussly your music taste is S.H.I.T... but c'mon. We shouldnt all have to suffer from your stupid comments. Kthnxbye

  • Sinéad
    Sinéad

    f.u.c.k of bitch if you feel sick so stop looking at mirror maby then you wont feel this way !! and if you dont like Miley so stop sayng that because you are toooo stupid to understan wath she is sayng you slut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yea... uhmm...Before you come on these sites, acting angsty, try using good grammer. Obvioussly your music taste is S.H.I.T... but c'mon. We shouldnt all have to suffer from your stupid comments. Kthnxbye

  • lyla
    lyla

    yes...because the only way for women to feel empowered is to sing on stage in skimpy costumes, I'm sorry I thought woman who are empowered are those who go to college and own billion dollar industries WITHOUT having to rely on their daddy for their big break and WITHOUT looking like a slut. You want a women who is an icon of empowerment let's try Susan B. Anthony who is the reason that stupid little girl is on stage today. What happend to performers like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, miley needs to take the hint from those two because they are one of the more famous and TALENTED actresses who have something we CALL CLASS. I'm sick of her, she seriously should stay in performing because her intellect would not do well in college.

  • Amber
    Amber

    f.u.c.k of bitch if you feel sick so stop looking at mirror maby then you wont feel this way !! and if you dont like Miley so stop sayng that because you are toooo stupid to understan wath she is sayng you slut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm sorry, but Milly honestly? You're calling this person "toooo stupid to understan wath she is sayng" I think someone needs to rethink that statement and use a spell checker. As for everyone else, really? It's a silly celebrity, is it really worth the effort? Bashing people or bashing the "celebrity" is a waste of time.

  • Katie
    Katie

    I get what she's trying to say, that women deal with certain double standards when it comes to their sexuality, That we should be ashmed to feel sexual, when we shouldn't! But tutu makes a very valid point. Selling sex through music isn't very empowering to me. Whether she's doing it on purpose or not, she is indeed selling sex, like so many other pop artist(Beyonce, Lady GaGa, Britney Spears etc.) You can be content with your sexuality without having to wear skimpy outfits. But some, famous or not, are comfortable in those types of clothes. Some would rather wear NO clothing! And Miley pretty much admitted she doesn't listen to her parents, but she should! She's telling girls to not listen to their parents and wear what they want! Granted you SHOULD be allowed to wear as you please, but you should also respect your parents. Not enough teenagers respect their parents these days. I do! The main reason kids don't listen to thier parents is because parents these days would rather be their childs friends than a disciplinary. She respect her perients and she they all know wath they are doing. Miley sed for everyone go and find in youtube!

  • britini95
    britini95

    I get what she's trying to say, that women deal with certain double standards when it comes to their sexuality, That we should be ashmed to feel sexual, when we shouldn't! But tutu makes a very valid point. Selling sex through music isn't very empowering to me. Whether she's doing it on purpose or not, she is indeed selling sex, like so many other pop artist(Beyonce, Lady GaGa, Britney Spears etc.) You can be content with your sexuality without having to wear skimpy outfits. But some, famous or not, are comfortable in those types of clothes. Some would rather wear NO clothing! And Miley pretty much admitted she doesn't listen to her parents, but she should! She's telling girls to not listen to their parents and wear what they want! Granted you SHOULD be allowed to wear as you please, but you should also respect your parents. Not enough teenagers respect their parents these days. I do! The main reason kids don't listen to thier parents is because parents these days would rather be their childs friends than a disciplinary.

  • Mileyfanforevaa
    Mileyfanforevaa

    GO MILEY!

  • Reyna
    Reyna

    I did mistake sorry. - ,,wath does words meen so just shut up okey!!!!!!!!!! '' now its ok ;p

  • Reyna
    Reyna

    No really peoples, if you dont like Miley so dont. But are you should say bad thing about her? No! Maby you think that she is acting bad so okey think. But maby other's love her new style and loves her how she looks and act. So if you dont like just say - ,, No I dont like her and I dont like her style our something" thats ok, but when you calling her slut and other bad names so I dont now peoples she is not slut and not sleeping for money with men's you should know wath does words mean ao just shut up okey!!!!!!!!!!

  • Robert
    Robert

    Miley you ROCK ignore everyone ho thinking negative about you;] BECAUSE THEY SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Candice
    Candice

    f.u.c.k of bitch if you feel sick so stop looking at mirror maby then you wont feel this way !! and if you dont like Miley so stop sayng that because you are toooo stupid to understan wath she is sayng you slut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is so funny wath you say about ,,annabannana" ;DD ,, If you feel sick dont look at mirror" oh my god that is so true ;DDDD I cant stop laughing;DDD does bitches dont understand anything about style our music ;DDDD LOL Ps. Annabannana dont look at mirror's 'DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

  • VanessaLarox
    VanessaLarox

    oh sure 'cause selling your body, and be just 17 and wear slutty outfits really is empowering for women You know is total different than use the woman body like a thing, and making beauty standars to actually be a person Miley sorry but you are an idiot The only one Idiot is you because thats just her image ! If you dont have anything to say nice just dont say anything okey? ;>

  • Milly
    Milly

    Shut up....You make me feel seek... f.u.c.k of bitch if you feel sick so stop looking at mirror maby then you wont feel this way !! and if you dont like Miley so stop sayng that because you are toooo stupid to understan wath she is sayng you slut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tutu
    tutu

    oh sure 'cause selling your body, and be just 17 and wear slutty outfits really is empowering for women You know is total different than use the woman body like a thing, and making beauty standars to actually be a person Miley sorry but you are an idiot

  • annabannana56
    annabannana56

    Shut up....You make me feel seek...

  • gomiley
    gomiley

    Go miley u baaabe! People just feel threatened by your confidence, but smart people hear what you've got to say without judging!!

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