PHOTO: Kurt Voss holds a photograph of his daughter, Cassandra Voss, as he stands with Karlyn Crowley, director of the
Miley Cyrus did not attend – not that she was aware of the event, much less invited. Her salacious performance was, however, the “object lesson” for people who “might take issue with the Princess Culture,” Karlyn Crowley said.
Karlyn Crowley is well aware of the Princess Culture. She said her 2-year-old daughter is into it. So is one of my granddaughters. It’s princess this, princess that – books, toys, dresses, conversation, picture-drawing. An aura. Eating, sleeping, dreaming – it’s the whole shebang.
Seems innocent enough. For little girls, there’s “an illusion of safety… a pristine world they can enter into,” Karlyn Crowley said.
Tick tock. Things change.
Americans well know the culture through Disney. One of Disney’s main images is the Fantasyland castle. And then there are the princesses: Snow White, Cinderella,
From 2006 to 2011, Miley Cyrus starred as a Disney princess of sorts in the TV series “Hanna Montana.” With that came what Karlyn Crowley called the Disney Kids Complex – sweet while it’s happening, and then time marches on. The choices are just two in the pop culture realm. Her Disney days over, Miley Cyrus took the provocative route. One result was the performance of her song, “We Can’t Stop,” becoming a medley and display of raunch with Robin Thicke, Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz. The performance was seen live by MTV viewers and then amplified to oversized proportions on the Internet.
Karlyn Crowley invited reaction from her audience members. One person was “shocked by the switch” in Miley Cyrus’ personality. Comments from others were “a lot to handle,” “took it too far,” “everything quirky” and “brat.” You may become engaged, too, and share a thought at email@example.com.
Karlyn Crowley’s talk also covered the male participation in the episode, “racial appropriation” by Miley Cyrus with the women performers and how Miley Cyrus benefited in music sales from sensation-seeking performance.
The topic is full of paradoxes and dilemmas. Plus, seeming role models have a tendency to unravel in front of our eyes.
Also, Karlyn Crowley pointed out a common behavior. Meeting/greeting a little girl, many times there’s comment on her appearance – “Oh, you look cute,” “That’s a nice dress,” etc. “That tells them looks are more important than anything,” she said.
Karlyn Crowley is author of the book, “Feminism’s New Age: Gender, Appropriation, and the Afterlife of Essentialism.”
THE PERSON: Cassandra Voss was on track to be the
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