The internet is all abuzz over Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance last night. I know she was going for the shock factor and media attention. Boy did she get what she wanted. MTV did too. It is not like they and the other performers on that stage did not see this coming. They practiced the routine and someone had to see it and approve it. I think it is a sad, pathetic display of a lack of self-respect and lack of respect for the entire female population, especially younger girls.
What is equally as sad though is how it is being promoted and in a sick, twisted way almost even celebrated. Why would we even want to give attention to someone or something like this? Especially when there are so many other shocking things going on that should be brought to our attention and in the media more. It’s really nothing new though, using sex to shock people has been going on for years. The list of “celebrities” doing things like this goes on and on.
Do you want to hear about something truly shocking though, something that I feel deserves our attention way more? There are 27 MILLION people worldwide in modern day slavery. 80% of them are WOMEN & CHILDREN. 50% of them are CHILDREN. There are 1 MILLION children exploited in the commercial sex trade globally EACH YEAR. (source- The Polaris Project)
These are not things just going on in non-industrialized, third world countries on another continent far away. This is happening right here, in America, in your hometown and mine too.
We go nuts over shocking events like Miley’s performance, but we turn a blind eye to the things that are truly shocking and desperately need our attention like sex trafficking and slavery (or helping the homeless, the hurting and the hopeless). For that we should be truly ashamed.
Want to hear something ironic? My friend Eleanor from Belle South Blogs reminded me that today marks 93 years since women were given the right to vote via the 19th Amendment. 93 years since women were given the acknowledgement that we had thoughts and opinions and ideas that mattered. 93 years since we were finally looked at as something more than only being put here for sex, having babies and cleaning a house.
“I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.” – Mary Wollstonecraft
As hard as we have fought, worked and as much as women have accomplished over the past 93 years, Miley Cyrus (and Lady Gaga, Beyonce and so many others) are just taking us back 93 years and making us look like uneducated, sex objects again. Not only that, I believe that they are promoting sex trafficking and sex crimes against women whether intentional or not. They remind us that no matter how far we have come in the past 93 years, that we still have a long, long, long way to go.
I feel sorry for Miley. I feel sorry for her and any girl or woman who feels she needs to act like that to get love and attention. Sex, promiscuity, acting sexy or like you are promiscuous does not make you more of a woman, admired or loved.
Instead of bringing more attention to last night’s disgusting display, I urge you to draw attention to the statistics and get involved in ending sex slavery & human trafficking. Groups like Abolition International, International Justice Mission, The Polaris Project and Mercy Ministries are just a few organizations that offer resources, help and hope. They minister to those affected by sex trafficking and work to end slavery.
If you or someone you know has been affected by sex trafficking, slavery or prostitution, I urge you to reach out and get help. There is hope, there are people and ministries that can help you. God can and will forgive you, heal you and has a purpose for your life. Watch Annie Lobert’s story.