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Is Humanism responsible for Miley Cyrus twerking?

SumogirlHumanism gets blamed for everything.  Take this for example: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/08/27/creationist-miley-cyrus-twerking-is-the-fruit-of-humanism/  In it – Ray Comfort, the creationist, claims that it is because of Humanism that Miley Cyrus sinned by twerking on national tv for the applause of men.

It is entirely possible that it is because of Humanism that we were all treated to Miley Cyrus twerking. She was raised Christian but she now embraces science (she is a fan of Lawrence Krauss and Albert Einstein – both Humanists who she quotes on twitter) and if you needed further proof that she is no longer the poster child for “correct” Christianity, she is also a gay rights proponent. And ... if you believe Wikipedia, she has a tattoo of the equal sign on her finger, leading one to wonder if she might be gay and we at some point may have a coming out with her.

Whatever has been happening to her, she is clearly liberalizing and yes, Humanism has that effect on people and she definitely considers several famous Humanists heroes of hers.

But did that cause her to twerk? No. That was artistic decision. Granted, it was an artistic decision she made and felt free to make because she was no longer being constrained by a desire to be a good little Christian girl as a probable result of the influence cultural Humanism has had on her. Which is kind of cool.  So yes, Humanism probably is responsible for Miley twerking.

But is that such a bad thing? There has been a lot of discussion about Miley among my women Humanist friends. We are trying to decide whether Miley’s decisions on her Wrecking Ball video are artistic and an expression of her Humanist right to express her sexuality however she sees fit, or if her performance was just slutty, emotionally varied and marred by the rather literal (rather than metaphorical) use of a wrecking ball and her sitting on it naked. Though I have to say that as a Humanist, if a woman wants to be slutty, that’s her business and her right to express her sexuality however she sees fit. Anyway, her Wrecking Ball video is being compared with Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines video, which some see as artistic and edgy and others see as denigrating to women.

The basic debate, in case you are interested is: has Miley bought into “negative” sexuality, where she is allowing her sexuality to be defined by men.  Or is she defining her sexuality for herself, in which case, that would be positive.

Personally, as a Humanist. I don’t really care. Everyone has their own journey and the entire point of allowing people to express their sexuality on their own is that other people don’t have the right to interfere.  It seems to me that Miley, who is 21 now, is acting like most young women newly liberated. She’s exploring her sexuality. And yeah, she may make some mistakes. And yeah, she’s a celebrity so those mistakes will be REALLY public, which is something most of us, thankfully, don’t have to deal with. Our early sexual escapades and mistakes are our secrets that we have dutifully learned from thank you very much.

What is interesting to me is that while we Humanist women talk a good talk about sexual liberation, we do recognize that not all choices lead to happiness. Just because you have a choice, doesn’t mean that choice will be good for you. But to quote John Stuart Mill, “all errors which (a person) is likely to commit against advice and warning are far outweighed by the evil of allowing others to constrain him to what they deem his good.” 

In other words, leave Miley alone. She is on the same journey most modern women have traveled or are traveling on. She has to figure these things out on her own and find the balance of what is right for her. We should applaud her that she is even willing to take these risks at all.

Yay Humanism!

PS – link to Wrecking Ball video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My2FRPA3Gf8

Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwT6DZCQi9k

 


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