Remember doing the Hoedown Throwdown as a tween? Pop sensation Miley Cyrus has come a long way since her Disney days. The recent drop of her groundbreaking hit Mother’s Daughter, in the EP She Is Coming, is uniting females all over the planet.
Say hello to our new feminist anthem:
The video, which only arrived early this month, has already racked up almost 40 million views.
Every lyric sung is raw, honest. There is an underlying cry in Cyrus’ voice – a cry for all the wrongs endured by women. With words so vehement and uninhibited, this song will get you angry at the world for all the right reasons.
The track was made even more moving when the music video was released. I cannot begin to describe what a breath of fresh air it is seeing so many minority groups represented in one video: there’s breastfeeding mothers, women from the LGBTQI+ community, women of colour, mothers who had c-sections, plus-sized women, women with disabilities, women who have been abused, women with mastectomies, women on their menstrual cycles, and so much more. Hello intersectional feminism!
There are also small but powerful messages that flash on-screen every so often:
- NOT AN OBJECT
- VIRGINITY IS A SOCIAL CONSTRUCT
- SIN IS IN YOUR EYES
- EVERY WOMAN IS A RIOT
Cyrus is known for her controversial career, with many of her music videos gaining heavy criticism for their questionable content, however the sheer amount of appreciation and praise from all different kinds of women show what an astounding impact this song is having on what it means to be a woman in 2019.
Check out some tweets from fans below:
But there have also been haters. Many of the negative comments that slam the video say that it makes people feel uncomfortable and is taking things too far. Other articles state this is proof society is falling. But let me say this: if this video is making you feel uncomfortable, it’s doing its job.
Breastfeeding, vaginas, periods, nipples should have never been taboo in the first place. The messages Cyrus conveys through Mother’s Daughter are simply things that should have been acceptable from the very beginning. But better late than never, right?
Art is most valuable when it’s used to educate, empower and inspire. Miley Cyrus has done just that. And for that, I thank her.