The World from YA Eyes in a new feature of mine that I've decided to write after I decided I wanted to bring back a type of 'Opinion' post I used to do. Being a book blogger does limit you to what type of posts you can write but, I'm hoping this will be a feature you will enjoy reading!
The World from YA Eyes will be posted fortnightly and will discuss the latest world-issues threatening to change our world into one we would find in a Dystopia novel.
Miley Cyrus' performance at the Video Music Awards shocked us all. Not only was it the fact that she was aloud to give such an inappropriate performance, or wear such little clothing, it was when it hits you that you're watching the once innocent Hannah Montana star who you grew up admiring and wanting to be like. I'm not going to begin this post by telling you a big fat lie and dismiss ever being a fan of hers because, I remember going to see the movie for my ninth birthday. I remember wanting to be her, wanting to live the double-life she had and memorising the dance routines to the hoe-down throw down. Most of all, I can still recite the words to her songs now.
The biggest problem with her performance for me, if not the provocative dance routines, was the reaction. Why was it not Katy Perry's performance, or Lady Gaga's that hit the headlines? And this got me thinking, is this the only way women have of getting any attention? I hope not. But, hope isn't really strong enough in the world that we live in today. If Miley Cyrus knew she would get as much attention if she were, in fact, wearing more than her underwear, it could be true to say she would have done that. But, after thinking for a while about this I realised, women are still seen as some type of display. And women think the only way they can get any attention is to wear as little as possible. And, maybe, that is true. At the point of history we are at, women still feel they must wear low-cut tops and short skirts to get the fame they need. It's the way a women is perceived, and something that needs to be changed.
If I move away from the celebrity world and more into today's society and our generation of teenagers, you will see a resemblance to the media. Girls: young girls, see this and think the only way they're going to get noticed by boys is if they wear the shortest skirts and tightest tops. And I'm disgusted by this image the media is setting out. I scroll through my Facebook wall and can see it for myself and am also horrified to see that the girls who are wearing so little, get the most comments. That they get the most 'Likes'. And I'm not one that pays much attention to 'Likes' but, what I do pay attention to is how this fuels the idea that 'I'm going to get more attention with the less I wear'.
This is basically a ladder: one that leads right to today's generation of young girls who have to, once again, live up to the media's expectations. People say females and equal to males but why is it that a decently dressed women doesn't get any attention while Miley Cyrus is the topic for weeks? Why is it that people aren't commenting on how harmful this can be to a young girls' perspective and criticising her, rather than hiring her for more performances? I just wish women could be seen, and think more of themselves than low-cut dresses. I mean, just take a look at some of the inspiring women that we know so well as bloggers and young people: Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, Shailene Woodley, J.K Rowling, Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding and the list goes on. These are really people I hear about a lot!
I hope you enjoyed this post, even if it was a little bit different from what I usually schedule. I used to write posts and pieces like this all the time and had a moment where I really wanted to voice my opinion once again. Just to comment though, in no way was any of this meant to be offensive in any way. If you feel this has offended you, or that I've over stepped the line, please contact me and I will remove it.
What do you think of this new feature? Any issues you would like to see me tackle next?