This post won't be that deep, but I was thinking about Miley Cyrus...(I know...sorry) and how she tries to play off everything she does as "living her truth" or some other bullshit reason. I am all for women owning their sexuality and not letting "the man" tell her what she can do, and I just feel like she is failing at it. Is it bad of me to think that? It feels more like shock value than anything else. It doesn't feel like empowerment to me. It just feels like when you were really young and just wanted to shock your family by doing crazy things...
I tried to think of good examples of this, and of course I kept coming back to Madonna. She isn't perfect. And a lot of times she annoys me. But this song in particular has always rang so true to me. I never realized until recently how powerful this song was... "I'm not sorry... It's human nature. I'm not your bitch, don't hang you shit on me" "Would it sound better if I were a man?"
Perhaps it has to do with the time period this was made. She was a bit of a trailblazer when it came to sex positivity. This song also became really important to me when a few years ago, I got majorly slut-shamed by a group of guys who were all going after me, and when I hooked up with one, assumed that was all it was and then went off with some other guy outside of the group. A few weeks later they made me feel like the worst person in the world. Called me a slut, told me I should feel bad and apologize to the first guy for "disrespecting him" after hooking up once... Ugh. Anyway, this song empowered me not to give a fuck.
Maybe there is no wrong way. This way just seems so much more powerful and in control to me.
Also, there is a rumor that this song is about Michael Jackson...
Also, also, I miss when people wore knee pads in music videos... You knew there was going to be some good dancing.