Regarding the VMA performance on Robin Thicke’s career, and comparisons to Justin Timberland/Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl in 2004:
In the Justin-Janet incident, “you have the man as the aggressor who rips this shirt off Janet, and it’s the woman’s fault,” Werde says. “And now in the Miley-Robin situation, it’s the woman who’s the aggressor and still where all the focus is. America needs to make up its mind about how it feels about the sexualization of women in the pop-music spectrum.”
I found Miley’s performance unsettling-it screamed ‘Look at me’ hyper-sexual brat. And there is nothing empowering or feminist about her performance. She was not so much seen as in-control (Hello, Janet) as “acting out”.
But there’s a point here: A firm line remains between what behavior is deemed acceptable from men and what’s acceptable from women.