Today, all the way over here in Colombia, I saw plenty of Facebook publicized news coverage of Miley Cyrus and her ass shaking escapades at the VMAs last night. It seems like her ________ (fill in the blank with whatever suits your interpretation: gross, crazy, obnoxious, weird, wild, awesome, sexy, ridiculous…) dance has portrayed everything I was thinking when I started to write the prior post last night (twerk it dance moves unbeknownst to me).
In the States, it seems as though our interpretation of sexy is thoroughly enmeshed in sex. Such that, when a girl decides she wants to express her sexuality, she might hump the stage, a man, and a giant finger that looks all too similar to a penis… even if she doesn’t even want to have actual sex! (Or maybe she does, only Miley can answer that).
But what I want to ask is this… why have we constructed such a sex-insinuating dance culture that likely has a whole lot to do with college hook up culture, college rape culture, and general devaluation of a dancing woman’s body as a site of f*cking? Why is this the reality of sexuality for many American women?
In America, We go from assumed innocence to assumed slutiness in about 60 seconds, leaving little room for liberalizing, joyful, Sunday morning in the park ass shaking (see post below). Literally, Miley jumped out a teddy bear and was air humping in that short of a time span, if nothing else to beat Brittany Spear’s transformation from school girl to slithering sex slave in a span of a couple years.
If our culture promoted sexiness over straight sex (again, see post below), it might help to improve the way we women feel about ourselves when we want to be sexual, as well as open up more spaces for women to be sexy in the first place, even if they don’t want sex and don’t want to be objectified. As my lovely friend said in our discussion on this topic, “Yeah, I can’t help that I just want to dance!” Hey, I think she should be able to dance her freaking ass off if she feels like, without anyone assuming they get a chance to sex her.
As there’s also a lot of discussion on Miley’s adoption of a ratchet persona in a way that is entirely inauthentic and abusive of low-income, minority culture, I want to include this article. We should not limit our questioning of such obtuse sexual displays to famous white women, but rather we should be questioning the cultural premise on which women are living out sexual objectification through dance.