The Marketing of Porn to Children via Sweet Young Things – The collateral damage from the progressive march toward sexual liberation keeps piling up.
There’s a real danger in turning into a Mary Whitehouse and it’s something I really wish to avoid, as she was mercilessly pilloried and left herself open by somehow not going about it right. Her message was lost.
Her message wasn’t bad and we see the result of it not being heeded, as we also see the result of Enoch being ignored. And Michele Bachmann. All have been vilified and yet there is something in there.
Just as Miley Cyrus somehow threw the whole issue into sharp relief, the reactions have been interesting too [all spelling and punctuation errors left uncorrected]:
since the whole media is talking about her disgusting performance i think we made her day .. thats exactly what she wants because its taking her from the child start to the next step of becoming a sex symbol … not with class but a slut that fits well with todays society and those who will pay big bucks to see her .. they arent exploiting her she is exploiting them ,, its all about money ..
It’s good coming from that sort of person as he/she doesn’t seem religious, doesn’t seem a prude but does note how it is. It gets very close to the way a parent might react. I didn’t look at the clip as it looks akin to child porn and that’s the issue here. Her spindly legs and child-body are the issue, that she was doing this raunch and cavort by all accounts was just plain wrong in everyone’s eyes. It wasn’t sexy, it was embarrassing, like teens carrying on which is basically what she is anyway, more or less.
The young would leap on it as the young do and say it was sticking it to authority, blah, blah blah and would shriek with delight, as we once did, at how we offended.
That’s not the issue. Nor was it with Charlotte Church when the child star, the angel, went all slutty but she’d always had slutty eyes anyway and she’d come from Wales
With Miley Cyrus, who has form anyway at this sort of thing, it was the stark “someone’s daughter” aspect to her pathetic attempts to be sexual in public, not far from Susanna Hoffs’ song about wanting to make love now. It’s Emma Harry Potter. It’s a child in everyone’s eyes making a transition, not from a girl to a young woman but straight to a slut. And not doing it well, doing it embarrassingly.
And I use the word here not in the sense: “Oh you slut,” but in a sadder way – that that is how she is seen – yet another fall from grace, that she’s happy to be seen that way, along with all the rest of it, from the MPs’ expenses scandal to the whole dystopia today. The word which has been circulating is “shame”. I don’t think it’s shame on her per se but on the forces in society which demand she prostitute herself in public. As in Sodom and Gomorrah – send out your daughters and let us do our worst.
Women against this performance from Cyrus would do it by numbers – demeaning to women, child raunch culture etc. Men against it have the usual double-standards – we want access to young meat and yet the father figure kicks in in the quote above and we don’t like it being so stark, so explicit.
Almost no one saw the performance as just a kid growing up, just a bit of harmless fun. Other diminutive people have done similar – Kylie Minogue springs to mind. None has provoked the outrage because Hannah Montana was in everyone’s home, showing kids the wholesome all-American girl, not unlike those sisters I forget the name of.
What a lot of men don’t realize, it seems to me, is just how deeply ingrained this desire not to be seen as a good woman is in women. If she’s been portrayed in wholesome tones, she has to break out of it, she has to shout to the world that no, she’s really a bad, bad woman now and so is worthy of respect – a woman’s twisted logic makes her demand to be taken that way – “I’m not that innocent,” sang someone we remember.
It’s a rite of passage thing, as some of the comments said. That’s one of the key characteristics of women – this need to be taken as fallen, to have innocence torn away. The bondage thing is very high in many women’s consciousness – doing the nasty and not being responsible for it, in fact not having to take responsibility for anything.
Another characteristic of women on the whole is this mania to be equal and more than equal, as if they aren’t. The demand to be in the game with the boys, playing alongside them – equally. The worst thing you can say to a woman is that she is not equal in some way. It may well mean she’s superior and she’ll accept that.
So Miley Cyrus was just doing what her gender tends to anyway – how old is she now? 21? Bit late for this teen rites of passage thing.
Why should we care? You? Me? Well people obviously do and in her brain, any publicity is good publicity – it’s got me doing a post, it has millions of posts around the west on it. It has the MSM. Just as she’d hoped.
Still haven’t quite nailed it yet that it doesn’t really matter what she, as one person, does. It’s the process displayed in stark relief which has so shocked everyone and saddened people who are not otherwise prudish. It’s that she was such an icon for innocence to an extent not seen in so many other child stars, e.g. Jodie Foster. It was that kids doted on her as an icon and they’re still young enough to watch her doing this now.
Brooke Shields was a case in point – almost everyone castigated the pushy mother but there wasn’t this silent outrage inside people with those others. No one saw Shields as the homely, wholesome girl at any stage. Cyrus was and how.
I don’t like what’s happening to our kids but worse is the people exploiting it, making big bucks off it. I’d like to get to them.
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