Whether it’s a message to internet haters or an explanation of what it truly means to Get Wet, Yasmine and Jahan from Krewella have been known to use Tumblr as a platform to vent their frustrations and give us some insight into what’s really going on in their heads during their everyday Krew-lives. Well this time Jahan decided to address the media’s rabid obsession with the controversial way Miley Cyrus has been portraying herself as of late; clearly Jahan is sick and tired of people asking her how she feels about Miley, but as a female role model who’s also in the public eye, especially now that Get Wet is available in stores everywhere, she’s in a particularly unique position to shed some light on what the media’s reaction to this situation says about sexism and gender representation in society as a whole. Read what Jahan had to say below and let us know what you think in the comments; I think she really knocked this one out of the park!
I can’t even count how many times lately I’ve been asked ‘what do you think about the Miley Cyrus?’ in a phone or pre-show interview. I usually avoid discussions about other artists’ gossip, but I’m pretty passionate about issues that have underlying themes of sexism. I’m not here to defend Miley or condone her behavior- I just want to encourage people to be more aware of how they might be selectively interpreting what is and what is not socially acceptable, and how the way we negotiate sexual power is unfair.
The public sphere is obsessed with the controversial image Miley is propelling. ‘What kind of message is she sending??,’ everyone asks. What I’m more curious about is why our so-called ‘enlightened,’ free-thinking society won’t allow women to explore their sexual desires without condemning them. It is accepted and ubiquitous for male artists, like Robin Thicke (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyDUC1LUXSU), to use sexually explicit representations of women in their content, but when a female artist exploits this image of herself (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrUvu1mlWco), she is brought down.
What kind of message is this sending? That we are welcome to explore our sexiness when HE wants us to, but not when WE want? That we should sanitize our explicit actions and only let them come out from hiding when we are the object of the masculine gaze? Male artists are allowed to live out their explicit fantasies of women in music videos, but when the female artist is in control and chooses to embrace her sexual side, she is punished?
Despite the popular belief that our society is ‘advanced’ and forward-thinking, gender fairness is still curtailed by the strictly defined boundaries of sex. Femininity is controlled by the male dominated sphere and it extends beyond the realm of ‘music video hoes.’ The attempt to rob a woman’s power of her own body exists to this day in anti-abortion laws and restrictions to birth control in some states.
We are in denial if we don’t think gender representations in the mass media and the public’s reaction to them are sexist. Maybe we can finally answer the question, ‘why aren’t there more female DJs?’ Or more far more importantly why there hasn’t been a female president in the United States when we applaud ourselves for being a country that promulgates gender equality. If fairy tales and teen magazines teach a girl at a young age to have submissive behavior, that her focus in life is finding her true love over finding happiness in independence, that she can’t FUCK—she can only MAKE LOVE to her prince charming, then it’s no wonder we can’t accept a female star freeing herself of the rules of femininity that society continues to perpetuate.