When I see young starlets like Miley, half-naked, dancing provocatively up against a man who is 15 years her senior, I am always worried. Am I surprised? I shouldn’t be. Every generation sees it, but I think that’s why I am so worried.
We - as a culture - have become so immune to the sexualization of women. We’ve been conditioned to believe that it’s okay for the media to pimp these women out for revenue.
This video has reminded me how tragic the plight of women is. Society does not value women of intellect. Society does not value powerful women. For example (while I do not agree with her politics) Hillary Clinton is a powerful woman, and I am always struck by how she is treated within the media. She has the same powerful opinions as male politicians, but when she voices them, the sexist comments come flying. She’s regarded as “too emotional” and “unstable”, and she’s nit-picked for how she looks.
It’s all too true that society only values submissive women with supermodel looks, and I will never be that woman. None of us will be that woman. Not a single one of us. Women continue to strive for and embrace the things that the media has brainwashed us into believing are our ideals. Not only has the media taken a toll on women, but it’s detrimentally affected men as well. They see these ideals, and internalize them, and they in turn place those expectations on us. The media tells young boys that they are supposed to be powerful and degrade women, and society only backs this up.
So, I’m worried. I worry for the daughters. I worry for what they will encounter in their lives. I don’t want them to grow up with the images I have seen. I want them to read and watch stories of well-rounded women who can do anything they want to do. I want them to see female leaders. I never want them to feel the pressure that the media puts on all of us.
"If women don’t stand up for each other, then no one else will. No one’s going to look out for the interests of women except other women." — Lisa Ling