So, Miley Cyrus is having the best week ever
Miley Cyrus said and did some really smart, meaningful things this week, and it did not go unnoticed by us. While Miley has always been super honest and unafraid of vocalizing her opinions (and we really admire her for that), this week she tackled two super important issues that need attention: gender and sexual fluidity, and how feminism can positively affect our relationships. She also released a slew of cover songs with Joan Jett, Against Me’s Laura Jane Grace and Ariana Grande to promote The Happy Hippie Foundation, the musician’s new charity that aims to help the homeless community, LGBT youth, and other marginalized groups. But just to give you a sense of how much awesomeness she packed in her week, here’s a breakdown:
On Tuesday, Miley launched The Happy Hippie Campaign
In August, Miley Cyrus’ date to the VMAs was Jesse Helt, a homeless young man who accepted her Video of the Year award. Her impetus to bring Jesse as a date was to call attention to the increasing and devastating number of homeless individuals in the US. After seeing just how much attention was brought to the issue post-VMAs, Miley realized how she could use her spotlight for a good, influential cause. “I just didn’t realize my platform, I didn’t realize my power,” she told Ryan Seacrest at the time.
Now Miley is using that power with full-force. On Tuesday, she announced the launch of The Happy Hippie Foundation, a new initiative to help marginalized communities, like LGBT and homeless youth. Through donations and awareness raising campaigns, the foundation will provide both financial support and outreach for programs that aid homeless and LGBT youth. Her goal is to make sure people who have felt ostracized know that they are not alone.
On Wednesday, Miley talked about gender and sexuality identity, and totally hit the nail on the head
Miley revealed, in an interview with the Associated Press, that she’s been romantically involved with both girls and guys. Which is totally normal, by the way — our society often places humans in very binary categories that label them as either “straight” or “homosexual,” and that’s really not the case. Human sexuality is incredibly fluid. It’s really cool that Miley openly addressed a topic that so many people identify with, and starting such a positive conversation about sexuality in a public fashion is really important.
The singer also explained her struggles with gender identity and traditional gender roles that have been expected from her. She told Out magazine, “I didn’t want to be a boy. I kind of wanted to be nothing. I don’t relate to what people would say defines a girl or a boy, and I think that’s what I had to understand: Being a girl isn’t what I hate, it’s the box that I get put into.”
On. Point. As a major LGBT advocate, Miley highlighted the identity struggles that many individuals face, and also called much-needed attention to that fact that these struggles can be overlooked —and the consequences are devastating. In particular, Leelah Alcorn‘s suicide really affected Miley, and made her think about how she could use her social platform and stardom for a great cause. “The media moves too fast,” she told Out. “I didn’t want another story like that to be a little blurb that people hear about and then it just goes away.”
On Thursday, Miley told TIME that she’s cool with being single, and how she thanks feminism for that:
In an interview with TIME, Miley was asked about her break-up with Patrick Schwarzenegger. Instead of being bummed out, Miley revealed that she’s actually OK with concentrating on herself for awhile. She told TIME, “It has a lot to do with being a feminist, but I’m finally O.K. with being alone. I think that’s something we have to talk about more: that you can be alone.”
She expands on that notion, and talks about the “new freedom” women have now — how there’s much less singledom-shame than ever, and how it’s OK to want to be alone. Miley said, “And there are times where I just love being with myself and don’t want to give part of myself away to someone else … I think that’s a new freedom for women, especially. I don’t know that my mother would have been able to be 22 and secure in being alone. But my future doesn’t rely on having a partner.”
There’s something incredibly wise and mature about that — acknowledging how much times have changed, and how our society is much more encouraging of women who choose to be single and focus on themselves. It’s super important to note that Miley isn’t shaming anyone for being in relationship —she’s just celebrating the fact that you can not be in a relationship, and still just be happy with yourself. Something we’re totally on board with.
And today, she’s kicked off her Happy Hippy campaign in the raddest way:
She shared a video of the Replacements song “Androgynous,” which she covered with Joan Jett, Laura Jane Grace, and Melanie Safka. Kicking off the whole thing with a Facebook post this morning, she embedded the video and alerted over 700,000 people (on Facebook alone) about her new campaign. She also sent a powerful message through her musical performance: it’s OK to just be yourself. Check out the video here.
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