Madonna Gives a Feminist Speech at Billboard's Women In Music
Madonna is an icon in the music industry, she will go down in history as being one of the most revolutionary women of her time. The singer was recognized for her work at Billboard's Women In Music event last Friday, December 9th. Madonna was presented with the Women Of The Year award and gave a very raw and honest acceptance speech.
Madonna may have started the speech off with a joke saying, “I always feel better with something hard between my legs" as she straddled the microphone stand, but her playful attitude ended quickly. She continued her speech and spoke about her career as a woman and feminist. Madonna said, "Thank you for acknowledging my ability to continue my career for 34 years in the face of blatant sexism and misogyny and constant bullying and relentless abuse." Towards the end of Madonna's speech, she mentioned the famous feminist writer, Camile Paglia, who had less than nice things to say about the pop icon at the time. "I remember wishing I had a female peer I could look to for support. Camille Paglia, the famous feminist writer, said I set women back by objectifying myself sexually. So I thought, 'oh, if you're a feminist, you don't have sexuality, you deny it.' So I said 'fuck it. I'm a different kind of feminist. I'm a bad feminist.''
Madonna surprised many people with these comments since Paglia was considered to be a supporter of the singer's career in the 90s. Paglia was quick to pen a letter to the Daily Mail in response to Madonna's comments. Here are just a few things the feminist had to say,
"The real issue is that while Madonna’s world tours have remained highly successful, her artistic development has been stalled for 20 years." "The number one issue in Madonna’s current path of self-destruction is her embarrassing inability to deal with aging." She concluded by saying "In her struggles to stay relevant, Madonna has debased herself with an adolescent, pitifully inept Instagram's that cannot compete with Rihanna’s brilliant work in that genre."
Feminism is the belief that men and women have equal rights, there is no one-way to be a feminist. Paglia may have made some spot-on comments regarding Madonna and her career, but how Madonna chooses to live her life should not determine her feminism.