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Miley Cyrus appeared and performed on the 2013 MTV VMA. That fact is well known by now. A lot has been said and written about Cyrus; yet, here’s my two cents worth. First, Cyrus’ antics remind me of Madonna, Lindsey Lohan, Brittney Spears, Beyoncé Knowles, Rihanna and the countless others before them. In other words, behavior such as this by females is not new and nor will it discontinue or will it? (Keep reading). Second, by and large Americans are prudish and voyeuristic. That is, while we may be disgusted at such things that are aired on TV, we actually like seeing it. I am confident that some have watched Cyrus’ performance over and over again; technology affords us the privilege to do so – and oftentimes in private. In other words, we like “looking in” on the misery or misfortunates of others (see the appeal of voyeurism in the film, The Truman Show). We are just glad it’s not one of our family members! Third, this is yet another sad instance of the objectification of women or misogyny in our society.

Consider these few examples of women being objectified:
a) rap arts objectify women in their videos – typically men are fully clothed and women are dancing and gyrating while barely clothed;
b) the automobile industry objectifies women – go to a car show or two;
c) the sporting industry objectifies women;
d) the food industry objectifies women. For example, Carl Jr. “uses” super model Kate Upton to sell burgers. See http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=+racy+burger+ad+with+upton&qpvt=+racy+burger+ad+with+upton&FORM=VDRE#a
and e) some women, like Miley, do the honors and objectify themselves.

Fourth, there is an unrelenting and capricious Hollywood/Entertainment “machine” that forces people like Miley into its image. These ladies and those who will come after them will be forced to conform to an image that is totally foreign to them. Fifth, I just wonder what if anything did these ladies’ families of origin (FOO) teach them about their sexuality and how precious it is. Sixth, such things happen because accountability is sorely lacking in our culture in general and Hollywood in particular. I think this ultimately played a role in Whitney Houston’s and Michael Jackson’s deaths. Why didn’t someone say to those before Miley, “hey, other girls are modeling their behavior after you. Stop such things as this self-degradation or young women will view this as a necessary rite of passage to success.” And lastly, as a Christian father, I have a responsibility to teach my daughter that she is pretty enough and that she is beautiful. As a Christian husband, I have a responsibility to treat my wife as someone made in God’s image – someone with inherent worth and dignity. As a Christian father, it is my responsibility to teach my son the difference between misogyny and a healthy admiration of females. As a Christian brother, I have the responsibility to treat other sisters – Christians or not – with dignity and respect because they too are made in God’s image. As a Christian citizen in the United States, I have a responsibility to pray for the likes of Cyrus. As a Christian cultural prophet and change agent, I have the responsibility to encourage other Christians with the gift for the arts to enter these fields to be ‘salt and light’ and to bring reform.

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