Miley Cyrus is not afraid to speak her mind. She never has been and, hopefully, she never will. As an artist, Miley has found in the music industry a place to grow artistically and personally. Gone are the days of Disney stardom where keeping your mouth shut was key to make it. She speaks up and fights back, but it’s not the haters who she fights with, it’s the absurdity of social norms what she fights because they, as her lyrics say, fuck with women’s freedom. And that’s exactly what she does in the “Mother’s Daughter” video: fight back, loud and clear.
“Every woman is a riot” reads the text that opens the video. Red and pink hues, latex, and a vagina dentata set atmosphere that will match with this single that comes from her recent LP She Is Coming (2019). 3 minutes and 40 seconds tell a story of freedom, one that will not be pushed back by the patriarchy, one that will not be taken away by ridiculous social constructs. “You are fucking beautiful,” “Virginity is a social construct,” “Sin is in your eyes,” and “My body, my rules” are just some of the many call outs that are featured in Miley’s video.
Also, Cyrus celebrates the beauty in every kind of body. She shows us the many faces of womanhood and femininity: c sections, stretch marks, breastfeeding, an outfit that echoes the figure of Joan of Arc, and a girl wearing a cape, making it clear she’s a superwoman. One cameo stands out, and that’s Tish Cyrus’ one, Miley’s mother. All in all, it’s the combination of all these elements and people what gives strength to Miley’s clip.
Miley knows firsthand the absurdity of social constructs. In June, she was groped in Barcelona. Later on, she received comments that said that “she asked for it” for the way she was dressed, and even that her husband should have protected her. But she wasn’t having it. “She CAN’T be grabbed without her consent. #DontFuckWithMyFreedom” she posted on Instagram. And now, as part of the hook in her lyrics, she sings it over and over again until it gets into everybody’s psyche.
The first clip from her upcoming trilogy of EPs (She Is Coming, She Is Here, and She Is Everything, which eventually will become an album) got here stronger and louder. “Mother’s Daughter” is Miley’s way to reinforce a global concern: women’s freedom is not to be taken for granted, much less to be messed with. Women are free. Period. And that’s all that matters.
Find more about the stories of the women featured in Miley’s “Mother’s Daughter” here.
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