Is being sexy really a form of exploitation?

Due to the recent escapades of Miley Cyrus, it has got a lot of parents and feminists talking. The most intriguing of it all is her feud against Sinead O’ Connor.

Sinead O’ Connor, an advocate of women’s rights, commented on Miley Cyrus’ actions which she expressed in an open letter she wrote to Cyrus. In a nutshell, she states:

“The message you keep sending is that its somehow cool to be prostituted.. its so not cool Miley.. its dangerous. Women are to be valued for so much more than their sexuality. we aren’t merely objects of desire. I would be encouraging you to send healthier messages to your peers.. that they and you are worth more than what is currently going on in your career.”

Although I do agree and understand O’ Conner’s point, I cannot help but wonder about the topic of sexuality. It does baffle me to know the fact that some women intentionally objectify themselves sexually for they regard it as a form of women empowerment and self-esteem booster. For instance, some women make it a point to become sexy and charming to other people so they can lure and wrap them around her fingers, manipulate them, thus, creating a sense of power of her own. It is the same as using sexuality as a tool.

In the end, does being sexy exploit a person?

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One thought on “Is being sexy really a form of exploitation?

  1. I think the main issue regarding Miley Cyrus other than some of her antics are slightly disturbing, is her background. As a former teen star, she has an enormous amount of young followers and women’s rights advocates are worried that she might be imparting negative lessons to her fans. Negative lessons referring to the fact that going out in public scantily clad is acceptable for example.

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