5 times Miley Cyrus preached feminism through her songs

Miley Cyrus has been Bold throughout her music career. Inspired by strong female icons like Dolly Parton and Joan Jett, she loves manoeuvring her boat through the dangerous waters. Nonetheless, I love her voice and do admire her risky choices in music. Here are some of her songs which preaches her ideologies on female empowerment and feminism-

Midnight Sky

In her latest single, Miley preaches women to break the shackles of societal stigma on long lasting everything. She says, “So I think that we, especially as women in relationships, a lot of the time we can get villainized when ‘forever’ doesn’t happen. And I think that you’re just really setting yourself up to kind of be disappointed—and not from a bitter or resentful way, but from a realistic and logical standpoint, especially in modern society.”

Lotta years went by with my hands tied up in your ropes (Your ropes)

Forever and ever, no more (No more)

Through Midnight Sky, Miley sings about reconnecting with her independence, post her divorce and how she doesn’t want anyone to dictate her choices. Miley is ready to engage in some churlish behaviour without bore down by the weight of her judgements. Also, she knows her worth and does not need approvals stamped by her partner to prove it.

Don’t Call Me Angel (Charlie’s Angels)

I loved the original Charlie’s Angels; so it was quite disappointing to see the remake being flushed down the drain. However, it did give us a killer soundtrack. ‘Don’t call me angel’ is clearly the modern perceptive of how the world sees women. And yes, there’s a dig at Victoria’s Secret angels! 

Uh, don’t call me angel when I’m a mess

Don’t call me angel when I get undressed

You know I, I don’t like that, boy

Uh, I make my money, and I write the checks

So say my name with a little respect

All my girls successful, and you’re just our guest

Women can’t be boxed in by one moniker, when they play multiple roles of being a daughter, a mother, a lover, a working person and sometimes, being all this at once.  Miley’s verse on the song tells about how she made the money in her relationship and yet had to demand the respect of her partner. Never let anyone chastise you for doing the right thing. 

Can’t Be Tamed

One thing Miley is constant about is, she owns her choices. Be it her Bangerz phase or the Hannah Montana course, she loves to experiment, take risks and evolve. In life, it’s always important to take the road less travelled and never let anyone tell you elsewise. Through 15 years of following Miley’s music career, one thing is for sure- She can’t be tamed.

Well I’m not a trick you play

I’m wired a different way

I’m not a mistake

I’m not a fake

It’s set in my DNA

Don’t change me

Mother’s Daughter

This is the new anthem on female empowerment. It sings about how strong female figures have laid a solid foundation for the new generation of women to build on. She reflects on her relationship with her mother and how she taught her to love her freedom. Just listen to the song, I need not say anymore…

My mama always told me that I’d make it

That I’d make it, so I made it

I put my back into and my heart in it

So I did it, yeah, I did it

The Climb

This is my all time favourite Miley Cyrus song! It speaks about the perpetual struggles one faces to reach a milestone in life. A failure doesn’t define you. You’re stronger than you know. This  song doesn’t exactly dwell on feminism, but I believe it is what ignited the Miley Fire!

There’s always gonna be another mountain

I’m always gonna wanna make it move

Always gonna be an uphill battle

Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there

Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side

It’s the climb


Which is your favourite Miley song?

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