"Hot Model Bitches": Why Miley Cyrus' feminism is not about Miley Cyrus
LE3 .A278 2015
Bachelor of Arts
The aim of this project is to mobilize the notoriety of contemporary pop-singer and self-proclaimed feminist Miley Cyrus in order to engage with a philosophical rearticulation of feminist theory. I trace the development of feminist thought in the United States to situate feminism as a self-critical ontology. In order to contextualize contemporary feminist critiques of her, I conduct a media analysis of the performance art of Cyrus. While these critiques highlight many problematic tendencies inherent in her work, I argue that Cyrus is a political figure that embodies patriarchal contemporary social and political anxieties. Ultimately, I argue that a philosophical framework that situates Cyrus as a work of art rather than a producer of art, is the best way to engage Cyrus’ feminism.
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