Last week, O'Connor accused Cyrus of "allowing" herself to be "exploited" and "pimped" by the music industry.
"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," O'Connor wrote.
But long-time feminist activist and journalist Gloria Steinem -- who once famously donned a bunny suit to investigate the treatment of women working at New York's Playboy Club -- said she doesn't blame Cyrus for taking advantage of the "game as it exists."
"You know, I don't think so," Steinem, 79, told omg! Insider when asked whether the young pop star's behavior harmed feminism.
"I wish we didn't have to be nude to be noticed," she continued. "But given the game as it exists, women make decisions."
For instance, the Miss America contest is in all of its states, forms … the single greatest source of scholarship money for women in the United States. If a contest based only on appearance was the single greatest source of scholarship money for men, we would be saying, 'This is why China wins.' You know? It's ridiculous. But that's the way the culture is. I think that we need to change the culture, not blame the people that are playing the only game that exists.