Anna Sheffer
July 12, 2019 12:50 pm
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There’s still a frustrating double standard in the way society looks at men and women, and sadly, it applies no matter what field you work in. For instance, Miley Cyrus recently shared that her producer thought she should change one of her song’s lyrics because of how male fans might interpret them. But she stood up for herself and made sure her artistic vision was honored.

In an interview in the August 2019 issue of Elle magazine, Cyrus got real about the sexist double standards that female artists have to deal with in the recording industry. She said that her producer, Mark Ronson, objected to the lyrics in a new song she was working on, “Never Be Me.” The chorus, according to Cyrus, goes, “If you’re looking for faithful, that’ll never be me. If you’re looking for stable, that’ll never be me. If you’re looking for someone that’ll be all that you need, that’s never going to be me.” Ronson apparently worried that the song’s words would alienate male listeners.

Cyrus responded by (rightfully) pointing out that men sing about being unfaithful all the time without getting called out. And happily, she said that Ronson took her comments in stride.

There are many songs written by men that deal with infidelity. Cyrus noted in her conversation with Elle that even one of her mom’s favorite tunes, “Stand By Your Man” by Tammy Wynette, conveys such an idea. The song’s lyrics, per Genius, implore women to “stand by your man” even when he does “things you don’t understand.”

It’s maddening that in 2019, women are still expected to place a high priority on men’s reactions to them. We’re proud of Cyrus for standing firm and defending her lyrics, and we’re also glad that Ronson took her words under consideration.

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