Neal Broverman’s op-ed piece for the Advocate on Miley’s “Wrecking Ball” video and our increasingly hyper-sexual culture is worth a read. “At work, at leisure: Sex is everywhere,” he writes. “Maybe it’s Miley Cyrus and the twerking phenomenon, but either way, it appears the world overdosed on Cialis. Gay culture has always been sex-obsessed, but has the larger, heterosexist culture finally caught up? There’s a good possibility I’m simply getting old and crotchety (get off my lawn, Miley!), but I’m honestly concerned for my nephews and cousins. Will they think emaciation and come-hither eyes are the quickest way to get noticed? Will they realize that kind of attention is not sustainable, or that sex can be more than fleeting sensations and satisfying others? … The media’s fixation with sex — and the need to pull in viewers and clicks through salacious headlines and busty/bulgy pictures (guilty!) — trickles down. If you think teenage girls aren’t internalizing the attention that Miley’s getting (guilty!) for fingering herself with a foam glove, wake up.” Read the whole piece here and let me know what you think.
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