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Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

This is essentially the stance taken by feminist icon Gloria Steinem when it comes to the controversy surrounding Miley Cyrus these days.

At last week’s Women’s Media Awards, Steinem was asked if she thought Miley’s Wrecking Ball video and/or VMA performance were having a negative effect on the feminist movement, as so many have argued.

Gloria Steinem Defends Miley Cyrus

"I don’t think so," Steinem said, going on to explain why in a scathing critique of society itself these days.


"I wish we didn’t have to be nude to be noticed," Steinem said of her gender. "But given the game as it exists, women make decisions."

Meaning what, exactly? She goes on to give an example:

"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.

"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."

It’s hard to argue with that analysis, isn’t it? Miley is an artist who wants to sell records.

She has gotten raunchy and naked and said some outrageous stuff and hit number-one on the Billboard 100. So can you really blame the singer for clearly making a smart business move, considering the world in which she lives?Th

This isn’t the first time Steinem has spoken out in support of a pop culture icon. She previously defended Kim Kardashian against her pregnancy weight critics.