The Social Construction of “Wild”
What do we think of when we think of “wild” girls?
Sexually deviant, sexually promiscuous
“Girls Gone Wild”
Girls without regard for “appropriate boundaries” (whatever those may be)
Is Miley wild?
First, we must address the sexual double standard, both between male and female
artists and between different “kinds” of females
Ex: Rihanna vs. Miley
How is this connected to race?
Rihanna is black—therefore it is “expected” that she be
hypersexual, animalistic, etc. This goes back all the way to Sarah
Bartmann (Hottentot Venus), etc.
Ex2: Miley’s VMA Performance w/ Robin Thicke
Again, a double standard—she got all the flack—we give the
dominant group more leeway (Robin Thicke was not criticized for
his role in the performance)
*Why did Miley have to change her image?
She recreated herself to sell to a broader audience that will buy her new image.
Who is selling this image?
Sinead O’Connor’s letter to Miley Cyrus telling her that it is the
corporations who are manipulating her and that she doesn’t have to sell
herself this way
(Sinead’s video Nothing Compares 2 U ▯corrupted and
mistranslated into Miley’s video)
Tolman Reading on Young Girls’ Sexuality
Asked adolescent girls: What is sexual desire? What does it mean? How do you define
sexuality? What is YOUR sexuality, YOUR sexual desire?
This question is never asked
Tolman wanted to explore this, because it had not been explored in the
Young Female Sexuality
Sexual desire ▯ to go there is DANGEROUS (this is what the girls say) and
something that they must control and stop from advancing
The authors conducted in depth, intensive interviews about sexual desire
Listened to girls’ vari