Response to Naomi Wolf 's Ultra Pro-Madonna Guardian Piece- Part Two
Oh please! Madonna has been shoved in our faces by the media from day one. In the states she was the only female singer whom the media cared about. Unlike today where eight or nine multi-million dollar brands female Pop bands who vie for and share the light, madonna was held up BY THE MEDIA and shared it with no one from about 85 to 95.
1.First of all, which HITS of Madonna's have challenged ANYTHING political or cultural? What political issues did she vocally and radically stand up for at the height of her fame? Did she ever lead a rally? Go to Washington? Go on a major march? NO. Madonna became fashionably political after she was well safe and moneyed into the multi-millions. She PERSONIFIES materialism and corporate capitalism/outsourcing from her H&M tracksuit down to her daughter hawking paraben lotions and clothing made in China. Firestone Tires in Liberia? 90 plus years of severe human rights abuses. They sponsored the half time show. Ok to "Raise" Malawi but not Liberia I guess.
2. I recall a Spin Magazine interview in the mid-90s where she very pointedly called Black men "the most sexist men I've ever been with" and stated "I've never been treated worse by any other race then Black men". Bell Hooks noted how Right wing and foul the comments were ESPECIALLY given Madonna's perennial thievery of Black culture.(See "Bell Hooks on Madonna" You Tube). The rest of the press and white Madonna style feminists conveniently ignored her remarks. The truth of the matter is that it was her white ex-husband who had been beating her up in the past NOT Black men. Not seeing how that "set America forward". Could ANY star get away with saying that in this era? . Simply because someone is Pro-Gay and is raising money for an AIDS cure does not make them progressive or Left.
3. Like XXX Harcore porn star Sasha Grey at a kindergarten reading books, hardcore porn chic does not work for women. You also seem to think that women walking around naked, (those who can't afford body guards or limos to stay safe in) have benefited from "Girl Gone Wild Culture" and Porn chic that Madonna main-streamed? There was PLENTY of hardcore sex and BDSNM in the 70s long before Madonna (Andrea True Connection? Hello?) it just had its place AWAY from Wal Mart and Mass branding. It was innocent, underground and mysterious. Madonna is sadly cultural break point where hardcore pornography and BDSNM went into the commercial mainstream. Prior to Madonna, no super star public figure had ever been remotely and graphically as sexually explicit (certainly no star with a global fan base of millions of very small children). How has that helped women?
10 February 2012 6:59PM
I did not say that I 'think that women walking around naked..have benefited from Girls Gone Wild' culture.' I don't think that at all. I do think women have a right to express themselves about their sexuality in their art or work on their own terms, and that willl look like all kinds of things, but I don't think the cultural trends you have identified in point number three are good ones.