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Miley Cyrus’s Feminist Image, Part 2

Posted on October 15 2010 7:00 pm
Suzanne Venker, a.k.a. "No Bull Mom," is an author, blogger, and speaker. You can find her at
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Miley Cyrus’s transformation from Hannah Montana, good girl, to Miley Cyrus, teen slut, demonstrates beautifully all that is wrong with American feminism. You don’t have to take my word for it — take Miley’s. When MTV interviewer Jocelyn Vena asked Cyrus what her new album, ‘Can’t Be Tamed,’ is about, Cyrus’s answer was clear:

It’s about freeing yourself from anything you think is holding you back.

That’s standard feminist lingo — it goes hand in hand with terms like validation and power. “Freeing oneself” means losing one’s inhibitions, throwing caution to the wind, and living life solely for youself. A quick read of the interview provides insight into Cyrus’s feminist values.

Miley Cyrus has always been about girl power,” writes Vena. “Her tracks like “7 Things” and “The Climb” empower young women.

Of course, most girls in Hollywood grow up to be feminists — the town  is a bastion of liberalism — but everyday American girls can avoid this fate with the proper guidance. And keeping them from the likes of Miley Cyrus is only the beginning.

For years American women have been besieged with a left-wing message that claims to empower women and thus bring them happiness — but it has done nothing of the sort. On the contrary, it has brought women nothing but misery. In The American Spectator, Christopher Orlet wrote a poignant piece about the forty-something women he and his girlfriend know who have all been directly harmed by the feminist movement.

My girlfriend and I are acquainted with no fewer than two dozen forty-something women — all of them successful, well-educated, charming ladies. They are librarians, museum curators, teachers, and the like. Besides these similarities, they hold two more characteristics in common. They are all single and childless.

These women are not an anomaly — many others have learned the hard way what feminism has done in the name of women’s progress. Feminist journalist and author Anne Taylor Fleming wrote the following in her book, Motherhood Deferred.

I am a woman of forty who put career ahead of motherhood and now longs for motherhood. . . . I belong to the sisterhood of the infertile. I am a lonesome, babyless baby boomer now completely consumed by the longing for a baby. . . . I am tempted to roll down the window and shout ‘Hey, hey, Gloria, Germaine, Kate. Tell us, how does it feel to have ended up without babies, children, flesh of your flesh. Was your ideology worth the empty womb?

The 1970s feminist icon Germaine Greer wrote this:

I was desperate for a baby and I have the medical bills to prove it. I still have pregnancy dreams, waiting for something that will never happen.

And in my last post I introduced Rebecca Walker, daughter of feminist Alice Walker, who wrote The Color Purple. Her daughter Rebecca has this to say about growing up with a feminist mother:

Feminism has betrayed an entire generation of women into childlessness. But far from taking responsibility for this, the leaders of the women’s movement close ranks against anyone who dares to question them – as I have learned to my cost.

Why, you might wonder, are these stories not highlighted in the media? Because the women in the media are feminists. They are fully vested in the notion that women should “free themselves from anything that holds them back.” Indeed, young girls (such as Miss Cyrus) are taught, quite simply, that being a slut is empowering and that marriage and motherhood suffocate women. As Della Reese told Larry King in 2009 on a program about women and their self-worth,

I suggest you get financially independent because that gives you freedom and empowerment to love yourself first.

That is the hallmark of American feminism, and it has been the single worst thing that has happened to this nation. Feminism has not liberated women in the slightest. Rather, it has kept them from the happiness they deserve.

Suzanne Venker is co-author of the forthcoming book The Flipside of Feminism: What Smart Women Know – and Men Can’t Say (WND Books). Her website is

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