By Jenna Shulman
So truthfully I haven’t always been the biggest Miley Cyrus fan so when I heard that she told MTV News that her new album, Can’t Be Tamed, is all about female empowerment, I couldn’t help but laugh. I mean really, what could a 17-year-old really know about feminism?
But after watching the interview, listening to her new songs, and doing a little further research, I came to the conclusion that Miley isn’t so bad after all (and actually pretty talented!).
Over the past few years, America has seen many different elements to the young teen sensation. From a Disney Channel star to her epic appearances on Perez Hilton's site, it seems that Miley has really transformed herself. However, despite the different stages of her life, she believes that one recurring theme seems to follow her everywhere — her stance for “girl power.” She says that her past and present songs have always been about this idea of female empowerment. And after listening to multiple tracks on her new album, Miley proved me wrong and demonstrates that her songs truly DO contain this message.
In an interview with MTV News, she talked about growing up and her inspiration for the new album. “I didn’t really know myself," she said. "There are so many people in your life telling you who you should and should not be and that’s what Tamed is about”
So has this teen star really grown up and learned a thing or two?
"I think 'Tamed' does it the best, and 'Liberty Walk,' " she told MTV News pointing out specific tracks. "It's just about freeing yourself from anything you think is holding you back. And I think that's really important, especially for girls, because so many people are told, 'No, you can't do something,' or, 'You need to be this because Mom and Dad say that, teachers say this.' "
In “Liberty Walk," her lyrics include: “Here's to all the boys tryin' to hold you back, Tryin' to make you fell like your less than that. Got nothing more better than to make you crack, But really just tryin' to put your dreams off track. And you know in the end it'll be okay cause all that really matters are the steps you take; And everything else falls into place.There's no price to pay, I say."
Pretty deep, I say. What’s her take on it? "I wrote it for women that feel like they're stuck in abusive relationships, but it's a dance song," she said. "So you think that must be kind of a sad ballad, but it's a party song. ... It's about breaking free."
While some may argue that Miley isn’t the best role model for young women, her lyrics try to go against that argument. What do you think? Do you think that Miley is transforming herself for the better or are her lyrics just an act?