Niley: Nick Jonas and Miley Cyrus, aka the couple in 2008.
Within the past few years, Miley Cyrus has proven that she is no longer little Hannah Montana through her new music, “twerking,” and various interviews. The backlash and criticism she has received is endless: many of her fans and adults don’t approve of her embracing her sexuality and owning her body, especially after the 2013 VMAs. On the other hand, Nick Jonas, one third of the band “The Jonas Brothers,” has not, escaped his good childhood reputation… until now.
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Nick Jonas has officially proven that he is no longer a prepubescent Disney child star. Recently Nick did a photoshoot for Flaunt magazine to promote his new album. In this photoshoot (above), Nick is half naked, revealing his muscular physique and grabbing his crotch. Because he’s deemed as an attractive male, the discussion and comments made regarding these pictures is solely positive; he’s being complimented on TMZ, E! Online, and many 16-year-old girls’ Twitter feeds.
Unfortunately, the comments made about Miley aren’t nearly as kind. Trying to share her vulnerability, Miley posed naked in her video for “Wrecking Ball,” albeit without showing too much of her “private parts.” She did not make vulgar facial expressions (unlike Nick); instead, she included a close up of her crying, trying to express herself as a hurt woman and an artist. This video was labeled as “inappropriate and crude.”
The difference between what is accepted by society regarding male and female sexuality is absurd. If a woman decides to pose naked to prove a point or express her emotions, it’s wrong; but, if an attractive male decides to pose half naked while grabbing his crotch and making obscene facial expressions, it’s hot. Tolman’s argument regarding adolescent girls’ and adolescent boys’ sexuality perfectly captures what society deems as acceptable and unacceptable by both parties.