Gloria Steinem Addresses Miley Cyrus Controversy During Women's Media Awards

Todd Rigney

Gloria Steinem took a moment during the recent Women's Media Awards to address the controversy surrounding Miley Cyrus and her penchant for twerking, tongue protrusion, and taking off her clothes for music videos.

During her appearance at the event, someone from Yahoo! OMG asked the journalist and political activist if the former Hannah Montana darling was slowly tearing down the feminist movement. Instead of taking a cheap shot at the singer, Steinem took a much different route.

"I don't think so. I wish we didn't have to be nude to be noticed. But given the game as it exists, women make decisions," Gloria Steinem explained.

She continued, "For instance, the Miss America contest is in all of its states... 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."

Instead of pointing the finger of blame directly at Miley Cyrus and her contemporaries, Steinem believes we should take issue with culture itself.

"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," Gloria Steinem said during the Women's Media Awards.

One person who believes the music industry is to blame for exploiting female performers is Charlotte Church. The Inquisitr previously reported that the singer thinks the business is currently filled with men who want to treat women like sex objects.

"If there are no sanctions put upon music that is written so zealously about genitalia, or uses soft porn in its promotion online, what is to stop artists feeling that making their music and videos more sexy will undoubtedly drive up their online views and subsequently encourage more radio play," Church explained during the recent John Peel Lecture.

Do you agree with Gloria Steinem that Miley Cyrus isn't breaking down the foundation of feminism by twerking at the MTV Video Music Awards?