May 22nd, 2012
03:12 PM ET
Miley Cyrus wasn't born yet when Salt-N-Pepa blessed the world with their single "Let's Talk About Sex," but the 19-year-old former Disney star did 'em proud during a recent appearance on “The Conversation” with Amanda de Cadenet.
As the show's meant to replicate an open and honest, well, conversation, when the topic turned to sex Cyrus wasn't bashful.
"[It used to be] if you're a woman you do not sing about sex, and now, if that's not what you're singing about, if that's not your entire image, you won't get played," she told de Cadenet, adding that she's seen the industry's judgmental stance on women and sexuality firsthand.
"The last season of ['Hannah Montana'] I put out 'Can't Be Tamed' - which, even just the title of that, for a woman to say that she can't be tamed, and of all people in the world, my face saying I can't be tamed, when that's all people really wanted to do - that I think proves how sexist people still really are and judgmental," she said. "It's the whole thing of saying 'be sexy, but our way."
Mixed messages are trickling down to girls her age, and Cyrus lamented that some young women are equating having sex with having value.
“The girls that really base how much they’re worth on the sexual favors they can do for somebody, that makes me really sad,” Cyrus said. “It’s the only way we create, and it’s the only way that the world keeps going. So it’s ignorant not to talk to your kids about it or [not] make it seem as magical or cool as it actually is.”
The teen singer/actress places the blame with those parents who are tight-lipped about sexuality.
“[Kids] have a TV, so they know what sex is,” she explained. “So educate them and let them know that they wouldn't be here without it, and that it’s a beautiful thing, and it is magic, and it’s when you connect with somebody. And it isn’t how much you’re worth. Your worth isn’t based on that, your worth is based on how you feel about yourself.”
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