“Don’t f*ck with my freedom.”
That’s the message behind Miley Cyrus‘ new feminist anthem ‘Mother’s Daughter’ – a song which reflects a sentiment held by women all over the world in the current political climate.
An unapologetic banger by every definition, the film clip released today is equally as brimming with messages of female empowerment, sexual expression, gender identity and inclusion as the lyrics themselves.
Amid the shots of Miley clad in a blood-red latex bodysuit and ’90s goggles as a throwback to Britney Spears’ iconic ‘Oops!…I Did It Again’ film clip is a slew of activist cameos, political statements (including a nod to the “free the nipple” movement via a set of deflating balloons), and biblical references a la A Handmaid’s Tale.
While it’s certainly not subtle in its powerful message, many of its references might have been missed.
Here are five details you might have overlooked during the first watch of the epic film clip.
1. Biblical references.
Among the images of women breastfeeding, a close up of a C-section scar, a menstruation pad and other elements of the female body that carry an element of taboo are literal messages of women taking back ownership of their bodies.
Phrases like “virginity is a social construct”, “feminist AF”, and “my body, my rules” flash up on the screen, while towards the end of the clip a French phrase – l’heroisme de la chair – translating to “the heroism of the flesh”, seems to oppose a biblical reference to “sins of the flesh” such as fornication.
It’s all very Madonna.
2. Joan of Arc.
While the red catsuit instantly calls back to the 'Oops!...I Did It Again' film clip we watched on repeat in our youth, Miley dons a gold suit of armour and sword while atop a horse during the clip.
This is, of course, a nod to Joan of Arc, a national heroine of France turned saint upheld to this day as a feminist icon.