Let's think for a second. Has she disrespected anyone? Sent screaming phone calls to them or punched them in the nose or peed in the mop bucket? No. Is she getting away with multiple DUIs and other crimes? No. Is she burning bonfires in driveways? No. All she did was strip her clothes and be sexy. She could have done this in a more tasteful manner, yes, but at the end of the day, it's her body and her life not mine. She took ownership of her sexuality by using it (for other reasons than her own gratification probably but still). She's a grown woman and she consented to doing this. She's hurting no one besides herself possibly. There's no reason to be ashamed of her, disgusted by her or concerned for her quite yet. She doesn't owe anything to anyone besides herself. I may not particularly care for her music or her style but that's just me.
Yet people still make a variety of assumptions about her. They assume she's promiscuous or in need of psychiatric help. Just because she got sexual.
Does anyone make these statements about Robin Thicke, the man she was dancing with? After all, he grinded against Miley Cyrus and even danced around a variety of naked women in his music video. Is anyone making these statements about him? No. And he's a married man at that.
Perhaps the mass objectification of women in comparison to men is a problem in this country is a problem. But you know what else is a problem? The mass slut-shaming of women in this country. Men are allowed to empower themselves and seek gratification however he wants but a woman? No, they're supposed to be meek and submissive and act in a certain way. And when they don't, they're punished. Often by other women too!
I think a large part of why Miley is being seen in this way is because she hasn't been sexy in the "right way". Miley doesn't act demure and submissive when she's sexual. She's the pursuer in her music videos and she's very in-your-face about it. Basically, shes not acting like an object. And on a subconscious level, people are outraged because she's not in her proper place. Granted, she is probably doing this to get attention and it's certainly working. But still, the point stands.
The most depressing part of this issue is that women are oppressing other women most of the time. We're hurting ourselves.
Clearly, it's a problem when anyone male or female alike uses sex in a way to achieve something else: social approval, self esteem, distraction, whatever. Or when one person manipulates a person for sex. But there's no problem with seeking pleasure in whatever way you choose (as long as it's safe and consensual) with however many people you want no matter what gender you are.
This slut-shaming needs to stop. Why are we doing this? I say live and let live.