Miley Isn’t Sorry and You Shouldn’t Be Either

Hello! And welcome to my blog for young feminists in Scotland. I started this blog because I saw a gap in the conversation, and I didn’t hear enough working class voices in the mix. We deserve more than only being referred to in statistics. On to my first post…

You might have seen this week that Miley Cyrus withdrew her ten-year-old apology for a Vanity Fair photoshoot she posed for back when she was fifteen. Back in ’07, Annie Leibowitz photographed Cyrus for the magazine and a massive backlash ensued.

Miley’s wholesome image just didn’t match up with the pictures that were taken. At the time, she was still under Disney’s wing and sporting a purity ring.

Here follows some cringy headlines from April/May 2008:

“Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus: Vanity Fair shoot was ‘one dumb decision’”

“Miley Cyrus: is it the end for Hannah Montana?”

“Miley Cyrus Vanity Fair Pictures Leave Billy Ray Furious”

“Miley Cyrus back in squeaky-clean mode after topless shoot”

 

Cyrus was feeling awfu’ throwback-y, and in a series of nostalgic pictures, she shared this cover story from the New York Post on Twitter:

Db-crjcVMAAtlpzImage: Twitter @MileyCyrus

Captioned, “IM NOT SORRY F*ck YOU #10yearsago”, the tweet tells us, in typical Miley fashion, that she will not be made to feel ashamed for her body.

A 15-year-old’s back is not inherently sexual. Society’s sexualisation of young girls is the core issue here and it needs to stop. And never, ever in a million years should any woman, young or old, be made to feel ashamed about their body or apologise for having a say over the way their body is presented to the world.

You might be thinking, “what does this mean for me, a working-class girl?”

This is important for every girl and woman out there, even if we’ll never do a Vanity Fair shoot. We need a society where we’re taught:

1. There is nothing inherently sexual or shameful about the female body.

2. Children should not be sexualised.

  1. We deserve to oversee how our bodies are represented at every stage of our life cycle.
  2. It’s up to us, not our fathers, what we do with our bodies.

Society made Miley feel bad for something she should never have felt bad for in the first place. She was (and still is) a beautiful person and her topless photo was bewitching. An exposed back ≠ sexual. So the next time someone makes you feel ashamed for having a female body, tell them what Miley said.