For Whom Must We Act?

Although John Berger suggest that “men act and women appear,” I would like to refute this claim with evidence from Miley Cyrus’ recent stunt for the VMA’s. Miley danced before thousands of audience members and millions of TV viewers “twerking” to the beat of her own song and to the rhythm of Robin Thicke’s body. This, I would claim, was not Miley appearing before the crowd, but acting for the crowd, especially for the men. “No cultural phenomenon better expresses the current objectification of women, the power of celebrity and, ultimately, the pornification of society, than twerking” (Vine). I think this issue is especially concerning for the young female fans of Miley Cyrus. In her dance, Miley openly objectifies herself as a sex object through sexual dance moves and poses—sticking her tongue out and giving a “porn start wink” (Vine). Miley is acting for the attention of men. She wants men to notice her body and her sexuality. However, what she does not realize is that her young female fan base also notices the way in which she sexualizes her body, and sadly, those youth model that same behavior in hopes of receiving the same attention.

Berger, John. “From Ways of Seeing.” Trans. Array The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader. New York: Routledge, 2003. 37-39. Print.

Vine, Sarah. “What this twerk tells us about the pornification of our children.” Daily Mail. 24 Sep 2013: n. page. Web. 24 Sep. 2013.

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