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“Being a girl isn’t what I hate, its the box that I get put into…
“Cyrus and Jenner are, in ways, products of the celebrity establishment, corporate interests, and public amusement, but they are now claiming something else.
People like Miley Cyrus, Bruce Jenner, and Jaden Smith – the sixteen year old male actor and rapper whom tweeted that he went to Topshop “to buy some girl clothes, I mean ‘clothes'”, and then wore a dress to school – are doing something significant. The self-evaluations, aspirations, and career performances of many devalued people are all enhanced by the increased success and example set by similar role-models, those who have an identity pressed upon them by cultural stereotypes. The journey continues for these famous strangers, we hope they succeed. They are creating a dialogue that could be a catalyst for cultural change, a new code of ethics, an enemy of stereotypes, and a beacon of hope for so many failed by the mistaken categories of a rich, yet inadequate, language. They are wealthy, famous, brave, and vulnerable. Things we all have the potential for. Life, at best, demands a certain virtue for dealing with oneself. The greatest challenge might be to accept oneself. Miley Cyrus fought her fight in public, and has proven to those who admire her that they can do the same, and with much less public scrutiny.