Miley Cyrus’ “exuberant twerking” is a form of a contemporary artistic reflection of sexual dances which are among the most popular in the human culture probably from the beginning of placing the ritual in the center of human social life, respectively from the earliest stage of the human civilization.
They have been interpreted as rituals of fertility and as rituals which connect nature and communities.
Many of the traditional sexual dances consist of higher aesthetical parameters in compare to the performance of Miley Cyrus which can be accepted as a parody of what today especially the young people feel about the sex – not a complex pleasure but in some cases even a violent sexual interaction. Art represents in a specific way the social context and Cyrus may have attempted just to be most original, while the team of professionals who had worked on this performance obviously had spent a considerable time on development of a visual performance art which is in the frames of the best of human culture of sexual dances - the best of human culture is not only beauty. The performance of Cyrus bit Lady Gaga who looked tired and which performance did miss the cultural meaning of dance as a ritual.
The opposite extreme of sex drive is pornography, violence, anti-humanity `... Then, logically the social reflection to Cyrus’ performance relates to the darkest pages of human behavior – sexual harassment of children.
Walter Hickey and Joe Weisehthal (2013) even believe that We can't stop is a song about drugs use according to the text. However, this is not what Miley Syrus' performance at VMA 2013 focused on - she is in parody-like optimistic mood of sex drive as a culture of endless pleasure.
An alternative of Cyrus’ sex drive performance would be for instance, the Indian Lavani dance of Maharashtra which is the dance of Sringara Rasa - a flavor of beauty, attraction and love. It is believed that “Lavani was originally performed to boost the morale and to entertain the tired soldiers in war time in Maharashtra. Lavani songs and many actions of Lavani dance are naughty, romantic and somehow erotic in nature.” (Indian Dance, online)
African breast dance (online) is also a dance of beauty and about beauty.
Mexican Jarabe dance was banned by colonial authorities in the 19th century due to its sexual nature and general challenge to Spanish rule, while gradually it has become symbolic of Mexico both in the country and abroad (Just dance, online). Brian Krans (2013) reasonably has been referring to the African mapouka searching for the roots of twerking in modern dances.
Sexual exploitation of an innocent Kerala Girl by Aaryananda Sajan is an alternative of Miley Cyrus and its uploading at youtube.com a day after her performance is probably an example of one of the best artistic consequences in global culture. At the same time, the way in which the world has been reacting on the Cyrus performance again makes anthropologists feel guilty that people all over the world may need to know more about the sexual dances in the difference human cultures and what was their role in society.
Did Miley Cyrus send a wrong message to global culture? The world in divided into "yes" and "no" to like her at VMA 2013 because there is an alternative understanding of entertainment today - beauty + music vs any culture + music. The combination of teddy bears with full with sexual symbolism performance was like a message that the life of all has common core - the childhood of toys and the adulthood of sex. However, the people are people because the human common has specific parameters in the life of everybody, so the other layer of meanings of Cyrus dance performance seems has stronger message - people like to dance sexual dances since sex drive is the real power of human life, the power that makes life exist.
African Breast Dance, (Naked Dance), Brenda, (African Dance), P… (online). youtube.com.
Hickey, W. & Weisenthal, J. (2013). Everybody Is Missing Miley Cyrus's Sad And Devastating Message. businessinsider.com
Indian Dance : Lavani Dance - an Indian Dance of Maharashtra (online). youtube.com.
Just Dance : Jarabe Tapatío - Mexican Hat Dance (online). youtube.com
Krans, B. (2013). Should Your Next Workout Be a 'Twerk Out'? health.yahoo.net
Sexual Exploitation of an Innocent Kerala Girl- by Aaryananda Sajan (online). youtube.com (see the video)