So what do actual 15-year old girls think of the whole Miley Cyrus-Annie Leibovitz Vanity Fair shoot? The New York Times decided to ask some (specifically students at Manhattan's Beacon School), as featured in an article in today's Metro section. "My friend loves her," said one girl, "Well, she love-hates her. [And] she called her a slut [when she saw the Vanity Fair photos]." She went on. "Is this who we're supposed to be growing up to be? I don't want to be that. It's sending a message that girls are supposed to be whores. It's like you only get so many years to be a child, and then once you're an adult, you're an adult for, like, 100 years. That's it. Welcome to adulthood. There's no turning back."
Maybe this is what bothers people the most about the Miley Cyrus shoot: That it's less about exploitation, and more about robbery. Why take a girl's youth away from her earlier than is necessary? (And is it ever really "necessary"?) Also, what's the difference between Vanity Fair and the execs at Disney who trot kids like Cyrus around in order to fill their corporate coffers? I can't really find one right now.