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Dolly Parton says Miley Cyrus empowers women

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Her crotch-flashing, expletive-filled, spliff tastic performances have had critics calling for censorship, but Miley Cyrus' godmother Dolly Parton reckons she's helping women to feel empowered.

In an interview with the Radio Times, Dolly's dismissed the concerns some high profile music stars have voiced about the position of women in today's pop music - and instead says that female stars have just learnt how to use their power.

Miley's outrageous antics, which include twerking, parading with giant spliffs, flashing her crotch and spitting water at fans - have had their fair share of detractors.

She's undoubtedly helped her profile soar with the headline-grabbing antics and the debate about whether it's about empowerment or subjugation has raged on.

Singer Annie Lennox spoke about a "spate of overtly sexualised performances and videos" and accused record companies of "peddling highly styled pornography."

And Sinead O'Connor penned a searing open letter to Miley saying: "Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited, and it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent."

But Dolly, 68, who is performing this year's Glastonbury Festival told Lily Allen (who conducted the Radio Times interview): "Women are taking their power and using it, and it's great. I've always used mine."

She then praised her goddaughter Miley, saying that the young star is "fantastic".

Miley performing in concert at Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, at the weekend

Dolly added: "I think women have been accepted a lot over the years. It has more to do with your attitude, your personality and your talent."

"I never had those problems. It served me well, being a girl, and being brought up in a family of men. Six brothers, my dad, close to all my uncles. So I know men, I love men, I understand men," the country music star said.

Miley posted this picture (above) of her last week with the caption: "#post shower instagram whore selfie life".

Miley appears to thrive off the attention she's received from flashing the flesh in endless selfies on Instagram like the one below and being as outrageous as she can be on stage in front of young fans.

Last week during a performance at the Capital FM Summertime Ball, organisers failed to censor her swearing on stage.

Singer Paolo Nutini became the latest star to criticise Miley, saying yesterday that she was a bad role model and blaming her for his reluctance to go to award shows.

"You know what I never hope for: standing there doing happy faces or whatever, standing with Miley Cyrus with her arse out in front of me, licking some f**king piece of inanimate object," he said.

But Dolly insisted Miley was helpful to the feminist movement: "Women have got a long way to go, but I really think we've made a lot of great strides since Jane Fonda starred in 9 to 5. I felt I was part of a whole new movement, especially in the workplace," she said.

"Women still don't get as much credit, or equal pay, but there are a lot of wonderful women out there doing a lot of wonderful things."

Dolly spoke about her upcoming Glasto performance saying she'll wear her heels - even though some rain showers are forecast and it could become a mudfest: "I grew up in a mud hole! I grew up on a farm - so we're used to all that!" she said.

"I'm going to sing in my high heels - mud or no mud!"

We'd expect nothing less of you Dolly..

Words: Sofia Zagzoule

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