Cyrus, Satan, and sexuality

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Not to get all hipster-y, but I rarely find pop-music personalities worthy of mention--so one could wonder "Am I really going to post something about Miley Cyrus?" Yes, and this Daily Dot article demonstrates why she is news-worthy:

"Cyrus made a media splash on Tuesday--not for appropriating twerk culture or for spewing an LSD-fueled rant on Instagram, but for launching a super-cool charity foundation to benefit LGBT, homeless, and at-risk youth."

The source, her interview with Out magazine, is worth reading:

"All these things that I do get all this attention," she tells Out. "But then what do I do once I have everyone's attention?"

Miley says she already spent a lot of time struggling with traditional gender expectations--and being resentful that she was a girl. "I didn't want to be a boy," she clarifies. "I kind of wanted to be nothing. I don't relate to what people would say defines a girl or a boy, and I think that's what I had to understand: Being a girl isn't what I hate, it's the box that I get put into."

Daily Dot notes that "when she announced the foundation in an interview with Out magazine: Miley Cyrus--though not explicitly labeling herself--appears to be genderqueer:"

Cyrus came out as queer (or at least, non-straight) just yesterday in an interview with the Associated Press, telling a reporter that not all of her romantic relationships have been heterosexual. But when she stated today that she also doesn't identify with any particular gender, suddenly so much about Cyrus just made sense. [...]

The impacts of Miley's foundation, her fluid sexuality, and her non-binary gender identity, are sure to be huge for LGBT youth. But more importantly, it's a nice change of pace to see a massive star put their money where their mouth is.

Check out Miley Cyrus' response below:

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AP says this:

When Miley Cyrus wears pasties or posts photos of her pink armpits, it's not to be a provocateur. The 22-year-old says she's just being herself, and she wants all young people to have that same opportunity.

That's why she's launching the Happy Hippie Foundation to help homeless and LGBT youth, adding that not all her past relationships were "straight, heterosexual" ones. Cyrus didn't elaborate.

"The position I'm in, I feel like I've got a lot of power:"

"When you have all eyes on you, what are you saying? And that's what I had to ask myself a lot," she said. "It's like, I know you're going to look at me more if my (breasts) are out, so look at me. And then I'm going to tell you about my foundation for an hour and totally hustle you."

The purpose of Happy Hippies is "Rallying young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations," which we should all be able to support. (Well, perhaps not everyone...) This whole thing brought to mind a news article from a few years ago about how, when her father saw an Adopt-a-Highway sign identifying Atheists United, he freaked out that his family "will now be attacked by Satan...There's no doubt about it."

I wonder how he's dealing with these revelations--does he blame his daughter's sexuality on Satan?

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