So, this one with Miley Cyrus has been making the rounds lately and most of the time I just ignore it but it showed up in one place where I found it particularly inappropriate and admittedly I reacted badly to seeing it there because I felt that where it was posted was not the place for this particular type of humor. But why so? Well, I would like to take this opportunity to explain and to apologize to my brother who I sort of went off on when I saw it posted there. I said some things which were inappropriate myself and I feel bad about having done so.
The comparison between Miley Cyrus and Draco Malfoy is indeed mildly humorous and I see where that might be funny. What annoys me is the wording with the particular image which was used to create this meme. Keep in mind, I look at things from a Pagan perspective, particularly from Pagan culture as I see it and it is from that perspective that I perceive things. Also, I never really kept up with Miley Cyrus during her Hanna Montana years nor am I a fan of her music. But I do remember my daughter watching the show when she was younger for awhile. What I am trying to get across is that I don’t carry any emotional baggage because I am a fan of Miley Cyrus in particular (artistically I am not) nor do I carry such baggage as a person who is utterly shocked that as she became grown she threw off the childhood persona and began to express herself as a more sexual being. No, she didn’t particularly begin to get my attention until she started making waves by challenging the social norms. I am right there with her on her views of nudity and how people react to it as she revealed in this interview with Jimmy Kimmel recently.
See, what I don’t like is that the picture shows Miley Cyrus in what appears to be a stripper pose and further enforces puritanical ideals by implying that Draco Malfoy is going through “tough times” by having to strip for a living. Understand that as far back as I can remember. Well before I even realized I was Pagan, I never could wrap my head around why being naked or working in a sex related industry necessarily had to carry negative connotations or had to be a degrading thing. Some people (a lot if they want to be honest about it) actually enjoy sex and being naked.
Many people don’t realize that our modern words gymnastics and gymnasium come from the Greek root word gymnos. Do you know what gymnos means? It means naked. The ancient Greeks, the Pagan ancient Greeks, generally stripped down naked for sporting events. The first Olympic games were held in the nude. In most Pagan societies being naked was not looked down upon in the way it is in puritanical America. It was simply a state of being, a way to be comfortable and unrestricted in movement. It is said that ancient Celtic warriors charged into battle naked when confronting Roman invaders as a means to frighten them and to show that they had faith in their gods to protect them without the need for armor. Indeed, they fought and won many fierce battles. Whether the account of them being naked in battle is true however is debatable because it comes from their enemy, Caesar himself. But in any event, most historical studies of most Pagan cultures show that they did not hold the human body in quite the same view of detest-ability that modern Americans tend to. Granted among various tribes throughout the world, Europe and the Americas included, some were proudly naked while others indeed held a more reserved view and remained clothed.
Still, I have never been able to help but wonder if places like strip clubs would have even taken off in a majority Pagan America. After all, why pay money to see something you can see just walking down the street or hanging around at the pool or beach right? The very fact that such professions even exist or are looked down upon as a means of supporting oneself is based in the puritanical view that being naked is evil, sex is dirty and to make a living that way is degrading. I find those views alien to a Pagan culture personally. That is the crux of why I find the meme and ones like it offensive. But as with most things which don’t appeal to me, I usually just scroll by such things and ignore them. It’s only when they appear in places where I have no choice but to say something about them that I generally speak up.
That’s my two cents. For what it’s worth.