• Tue, Apr 8 - 1:50 pm ET

Miley Cyrus Proves She’s A Secret Genius With These Quotes About Feminism

Miley Cyrus head swivel GIFMiley Cyrus might get up to some seriously crazy antics, but I’m constantly surprised by what a good head she has on her shoulders. Whether she’s advising Justin Bieber just to build himself a club in his own home so he stops getting arrested for doing stupid stuff out in the world, or pointing out how unfair it is that she took all the heat for the twerking performance at the VMAs even though Robin Thicke was right there.

Any time she opens her mouth for anything over 140 characters, I find myself going, “Damn girl, that’s a good point”, and her interview in Elle is no exception. (She may look like Justin Bieber on the cover, but she definitely doesn’t think like him in the pages, so that’s a relief.) She says a lot of great things about being grateful to Disney for giving her such a great start to her career, but the best, smartest things that come out of her mouth are about feminism. Take some notes, Taylor Swift.

“I’m just about equality, period. It’s not like, I’m a woman, women should be in charge! I just want there to be equality for everybody. I still don’t think we’re there 100 percent. I mean, guy rappers grab their crotch all fucking day and have hos around them, but no one talks about it. But if I grab my crotch and I have hot model bitches around me, I’m degrading women? I’m a woman—I should be able to have girls around me! But I’m part of the evolution of that. I hope.”

Don’t love the language choices as far as ‘hos’ and ‘bitches’, but the sentiment is great. That’s exactly what feminism is — equality. Nobody’s better than anyone else; it’s all about  the triumph of learning how to exist without using anyone as a crutch for support.

“When I went through a really intense breakup—you know, I was engaged—and when I was with him or when I was on Disney, the thing that gave me the most anxiety was not knowing what to do with myself when Disney wasn’t there to carry me anymore or if I didn’t have him. And now I’m free of both of those things, and I’m fine. Like, I lay in bed at night by myself and I’m totally okay, and that’s so much stronger than the person three years ago, who would have thought they would have died if they didn’t have a boyfriend.”

Just more proof that Miley’s an undercover genius. She hides her pearls of wisdom in the weirdest places, but they’re always there. Good for you, girl.

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  • Kaitlin Reilly

    I think my favorite advice was when she told Justin Bieber not to leave his house. That was for all of us.

  • guest

    as much as i’d like to relish her words, her diction throws me off. Avoiding “hoe” and “bitches” would be a great start to gain some maturity amongst people who think she’s a dumbass

    • Elizabeth Aspen

      This girl has no maturity, period. If she actually had any, she wouldn’t be starting fights left and right with fellow female artists.

    • AEM

      Miley is not the antagonist. Sinead gave unwanted tongue-lashing on Facebook or whatever and got a quick, terse beat-down (single Miley tweet). Bynes called Miley ugly and Bynes got what she deserved. Katy Perry isn’t a fight. So what are you talking about starting fights with other artists???

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Agreed.

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  • Elizabeth Aspen

    You forgot how “feminist” it is of Miley to ridicule Amanda Bynes and Sinead O’Connor and their bouts with mental illness. On her best day, Miley Cyrus could never develop a tenth of the talent or guts or ability to be a true feminist icon like Sinead. Unless she shocks everyone in two years with an Oscar win, she’s always going to be an industry joke, and deservedly so.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I agree that it’s insensitive and wrong for Miley to ridicule those with mental illness, but I don’t know how that relates to feminism.

    • AEM

      She is targeting Grammys. Yes, she will not win a Grammy unless she cuts out the antics, because this year Sara Barielles took Miley’s nomination slots as punishment. Wrecking Ball is so much better than Brave. Miley had her chance and blew it.
      I wouldn’t say Miley is a joke, because many industry people are terrified of Miley’s impact. GQ said she is the LEAST influential person in Nov., but tons of people are mimicing her via twerking, making parody videos, wearing her clothing styles etc. Some even call Miley dangerous. Magazines, talk shows, and summer concert series are all chasing Miley. Seventeen is running a Miley cover even though Miley rejected being on Seventeen. Seventeen had to use some picture from Clive Davis Grammy Party as the cover. Even Cosmo says Miley rejected them for June cover. Miley is on Elle for May and Wonderland for May/June.
      Lastly, Miley has more guts than anyone I see out there. Definitely more than the “rehearsed role model” that is known as Taylor Swift. Isn’t it odd the photogs know exactly when Swift is leaving her Franklin Street condo in Tribeca.

    • FemelleChevalier

      Mental illness stigma is different from feminism. It’s illogical to lump separate issues by treating feminism as an umbrella term for every victims of the society.

  • Joan

    She sang Blurred lines, a song that glorifies rape, with Robin Thicke but yeah, she’s a feminist