Miley Cyrus’ Twerking versus Blaze Starr’s Twanging: The Nuances and subtleties of rear end movements
Miley shook her rear end on MTV Video Music Awards, and many folks weren’t happy about beholding the remembered, young, innocent Hannah Montana transformed into a twerking or ass- shaking Miley Cyrus. I could understand the upset over her transformation but not so much on the twerking because it wasn’t twanging.
Miley performed two types of twerking. The first was when facing the audience and the second was rubbing against 36 year-old Robin Thicke’s, her co-star, genitals. What’s critical to note is that her side to side rear end movements was “very rapid”.
Let’s now turn back the hands of time to when I was 16. I always had older friends and, yes, went to bars and occasionally to strip tease hangouts. For some reason, I rarely had problems regarding my age. One night we all went to see the famous stripper, Blaze Starr, perform her act.* She was a tall, perfectly fleshy redhead who was the talk of the town. Anyway, I was sitting on a bar stool less than five yards from the stage when she gave me a glance whose messages were, according to my reading, a) I recognize you among the others and b) you are kind of young to be in this place and c) I’m curious. She, while still looking straight at me, “slowly” turned around and “slowing” and “slowly” suggestively moved her derriere not only from side to side but almost in circles. It was a supreme work of seductive art. Needless to say, my hormone levels surged. Bugsy, one of my older friends, then said, “She’s the best at twanging. No one comes close to her.”
Twanging, a term that was used locally, is when a woman moves her rear end “slowly” and sensually in a way that stimulates men’s hormones. There is no formula for it can happen on a stage or simply by the gait of a woman when sauntering down the street. It’s tough to define unless you see it. When a woman twerks or “rapidly” shakes her ass, either as a stripper or on a festive occasion, it usually evokes light-hearted laughter and not feelings of substantial sensuality. In the animal kingdom lady elephants choose their mates by twanging. It will take years of research to discover why the brain reacts differently to twerking and twanging both in male humans and elephants.
I can’t help but relate how that night with Blaze ended. After she left the stage she circulated around the bar talking to the men and, I couldn’t believe it, accepting and drinking a number of drinks offered by them. When she came to me she stopped and asked for my name. I offered her a drink but she refused. For whatever forces that are in the mind, I sincerely asked her to be my date at my high school prom which I had no intention of going to until I met her. What she did I’ll never forget. She paused and asked me the date of the prom which I gave to her. She excused herself and returned about five minutes later and was very apologetic. She said she had an important engagement that night, thanked me for the invitation, gave me a warm hug and a kiss and said, “I would have loved to go with you.” And I believed her. But my friends cruelly told me she had no interest in a young punk and was only saying this to be nice. I rejected that judgment then and still do.
Also, I’ll never forget her slow, sensual twanging, and I thank God that she didn’t twerk!
In my previous post, A Brief Summary of DeFelice’s Brain Genital Law or the BGL, the doctor describes why social acceptability of things related to sex is rapidly broadening. The other day a young mother acquaintance asked me what I thought about Miley Cyrus’ betrayal. My first response was, “Who is Miley Cyrus?” She looked at me as if I were an extinct dinosaur, and in a real sense I am! After the passing of Howdy Doody which I knew by name only, never having watched it, I also know virtually nothing about this entertaining type of young folks’ television shows. My current favorite television show, simple as it is, is a series re-runs of Gunsmoke.
She then told me about how Miley was the star in the Hannah Montana TV series where she superbly played the role of a typical sweet, innocent and delightful teen age gal who became the sweetheart and idol of millions of Americans. She was feminine innocence personified and many believe that youngsters bought into that role model. For the record, my 12 year old granddaughter told me that the show is a big time bore.
Anyway, my acquaintance directed me to a website of the recent MTV Video Awards show where she struts back and forth upon the stage scantily dressed making sexual gestures and, if I heard correctly, saying something like, “I want it” and placing an object between her legs which leaves nothing to the imagination about what she wants. Then she did her twerking which raised eyebrows. It shouldn’t have for it was not twanging, which would and should: (More about this in the next post).
She was highly energetic in her performance. I got the message.
Then I went to YouTube and checked out some Hannah Montana scenes and immediately understood why lots of folks were pissed off. What a transition it has been!
I called a couple of savvy mind- analyzing expert friends to give me their reading on this transition. Both agreed her case was similar to Michael Jackson’s who was a child who never had a childhood. Everything he did was controlled by marketing folks from what he wore, said and even how his hair was cut among others controlling factors. When he became a young, not fully matured, independent adult and had lots of money, he rebelled, went wild and did his own thing: So also with Miley.
Whether that’s the way it happened with her will never be known but one thing is fairly certain. Not too long ago, this type of entertainment would not have been permitted for public viewing because of BGL regulations. Miley’s performance is a clear sign of ongoing BGL deregulation in almost every sector of American culture.