Fox News blames feminism for Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance

Grinding up against Robin Thicke is "what the end of the road looks like for the 'women's liberation' movement"

Topics: Miley Cyrus, MTV, vmas, robin thicke, Feminism, Women's Rights, , ,

Fox News blames feminism for Miley Cyrus' VMA performance  (Credit: Charles Sykes/invision/ap)

President and CEO of Concerned Women for America Penny Young Nance is, of course, very concerned for America. She is also very concerned for Miley Cyrus, and the terrible impact that feminism has had on the other young women of this great nation, who are now probably going to grow up to rub their butts into Robin Thicke’s crotch because women’s rights or whatever.

In a Monday editorial for Fox News, Young Nance calls Cyrus’ uncomfortably racialized performance at the MTV Video Music Awards (which has been thoughtfully critiqued for its faux sex positivity and “postmodern careerist” minstrelsy here and here) “what the end of the road looks like for the ‘women’s liberation’ movement.”

Bodily autonomy and self-determination? The ability to live free from violence? Equal pay for equal work? Think again! The culmination of the feminist agenda has always been about Cyrus in a furry bathing suit simulating masturbation with a foam finger for an audience of millionaire pop musicians, corporate executives and television stars.

Nice work, ladies! Everyone can go home now!

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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