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Gloria Steinem Responds to Mileygate

Yahoo Celebrity
October 9, 2013

Feminist icon and activist Gloria Steinem has something to say about Miley Cyrus. But it isn't what you might expect!

The 79-year-old journalist weighed in on the Miley issue while speaking to "omg! Insider" at the 2013 Women's Media Awards. She co-founded the Women's Media Center, along with Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan.

When asked if she believes the controversy surrounding Cyrus, 20, has been a setback to females, Steinem didn't blame the starlet at all.

"You know, I don't think so. I wish we didn't have to be nude to be noticed," Steinem said. "But given the game as it exists, women make decisions. For instance, the Miss America contest is in all of its states, forms … the single greatest source of scholarship money for women in the United States. If a contest based only on appearance was the single greatest source of scholarship money for men, we would be saying, 'This is why China wins.' You know? It's ridiculous. But that's the way the culture is. I think that we need to change the culture, not blame the people that are playing the only game that exists."

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The Cyrus debate continued this week with another music star chiming in on the conversation. Singer Annie Lennox, 58, added her two cents to the fray through a post on her Facebook page on Saturday. "I have to say that I'm disturbed and dismayed by the recent spate of overtly sexualised performances and videos. You know the ones I'm talking about," she wrote. "It seems obvious that certain record companies are peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment."

Lennox continued in a second post on Sunday, "On reflection I will say that sexuality is an inherent and profound part of life. There is absolutely nothing 'wrong' about our sexuality or sensuality per se - But if a performing artist has an audience of impressionable young fans and they want to present a soft porn video or highly sexualised live performance, then it needs to qualify as such and be X rated for adults only. ... Is it appropriate for seven year olds to be thrusting their pelvises like pole dancers? I really don't think so."

And on Tuesday, Sinéad O'Connor posted a fourth open letter to Miley on her website. In it, she continued her plea for an apology from the "Wrecking Ball" singer to herself and Amanda Bynes. Last week, Sinéad was engaged in a social media tête-á-tête with Miley over tweets that made light of the fact that both O'Connor and Bynes had at one point in each of their lives suffered from mental illness. "It would be extremely beneficial for yourself, Amanda and myself and millions of sufferers of mental health issues, that you apologise unconditionally and withdraw your remarks. And make clear that my tweets were two years old," she wrote.

Now that Steinem has spoken, however, perhaps we can all officially move on?