Madonna is a woman we shall be talking about years from now. One doesn’t have to be a fan to admit that. This formidable woman has been making records and headlines for 3 decades, a virtually unmatched feat in our here today gone tomorrow fame culture. But what is her legacy? She greatly divides opinion. Ask any small group and you will get strongly opposing views.
One reason clearly is her pushing sexual boundaries. Is it because we are so used to not allowing women to do what they wish with their own sexuality that so many find her unpalatable? Is the type of quote in the image above all she will be remembered for?
And What About Her Artistry?
Is it buried under the public face-eating (Drake), buttock showing, (exposing her buttocks whilst on the red carpet) she is doing today?
If this were a Paul McCartney legacy article we’d be talking about ‘Hey Jude,’ ‘Blackbird,’ ‘Eleanor Rigby,’ etc. Instead, here we are, talking about Madonna’s ass…amongst other sex related things. So, is this her fault …or mine?
Today, nearly 30 years after she started grabbing headlines (and other bits) it seems that most female singers must wear some sort of basque and fishnets along with their microphone or they are not considered marketable.
It would seem that every famous woman has to stand on the red carpet with front boob, side boob or under boob (or more) exposed or they are not worthy of next day headlines. Remember our Rhianna piece? Is this considered freedom now? Women in other countries are fighting for the right not to be casually raped and our stars are using their headline grabbing power to prioritize ‘freeing the nipple?’
Are the men still driving this bus or have the women become a weird retrograde version of a Stepford Wife – i.e they think they are acting on their own volition when in fact they have simply swallowed the misogynist Kool Aid by the bucket load.
Have they in fact been so well trained to bark, disrobe and roll over on command, all the while thinking they are being fiercely independent, original and shocking? Let’s face it, famous females today don’t dress for a typical woman’s fantasy, but a mans. It is men who historically have championed the idea of a submissive, easy woman and this is now the style choice of many female artists. Basically, a whore. But perhaps I’ve missed the point. It happens.
Let us not under estimate what this phenomenal powerhouse has achieved, both in her private life and publicly, (dismissing women’s achievements also happens a lot!) – How many men could singly raise that many kids, maintain a 3 decade career and stay sane? – But,
What do YOU think is Madonna’s legacy?
Is she damaging it or doing juuuust fine thank you?