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Miley Cyrus, porn and the stigmisation of sexuality


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Miley Cyrus is well known for upsetting people by being overtly sexual.  Well she upset plenty of people a few days ago when she submitted a short film to the NYC Porn Festival...


But is this video pornographic?

In this video Miley wears little to nothing, with some bondage gear.  There is no actual sex, I'd actually say this leans more towards 'art' than 'porn'.  If anything for most of this video I struggle to see the difference between this and one of Miley's music videos. But conservatives are upset.

You've got the conservative christian right yelling about the evils of sex, you have parental conservatives yelling that Miley is a role-model for kids and conservative feminists yelling that this promotes the objectification of women.

I on the other hand shrug and say, "Good work Miley."

We live in a world where you can be called a whore for showing your legs.
We live in a world where victims of rape can be blamed because their clothes were too revealing.
We live in a world where two people can't walk down the road hand in hand, free of fear, because they are of the same gender.
We live in a world where people are required to fight for basic human rights like marriage, because of their sexuality.
We live in a world where there are women who are culturally required to cover themselves from head to toe, or fear death.

And we live in that world because we stigmatise sexuality.

We live in a world where sexuality, particularly female sexuality, is so stigmised that we're comfortable celebrating violence in the name of a cause... but can't cope with the idea that a child may see a breast.

What does it say about our societal values when we believe that two men shirtless, bleeding and beating each other in a boxing ring is 'sport'.... But a woman dancing shirtless, is immoral?

Who are we if we celebrate death in the line of duty, murder if its done in the name of your country...
But view the joining of two human bodies as a mortal sin?

So if you're a conservative of any variety that takes issue with this video or anything like it I say this:

Please don't think you're making the world a better place, you're not.

While your intentions might be honorable, understand that by protesting works like this one you are assisting in the demonisation of sex and sexuality.  Your actions feed slut-shaming, sexual dysfunction, gender confusion, depression and suicide.

I know that's a hard thing to hear when you have a belief system that says this kind of thing is wrong so I'll leave you with these thoughts:

If you're a christian, the most basic christian principle is "don't hate the sinner, hate the sin."
If you're a conservative feminist, you can't empower women by tearing down those that consent to express their sexuality in a way you don't approve of (also, might be time to evolve to Lipstick/Stiletto Feminism). 
If you're a conservative parent... Do you feel it's more important to raise a child that is emotionally whole and healthy, or someone who thinks like you?




On a related tangent:I remember when I was a kid my dad, who was a musician for around 40 years, said that one day people would get up on stage and play naked.  I laughed and said it would never happen.  He said "just wait, one day, people will be screwing on stage just to get noticed."  I shook my head in disbelief.

Now I read things like this and this and this... and wish my dad was alive so I could see what other nuggets of future wisdom I could glean from him.


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