“This whole thing feels like walking around with the mom who refuses to grow up, who won’t change out of the Forever 21 miniskirt and T-shirt that says “Sexy and Not for You!” It’s desperate feeling. And it’s upsetting me. Because Madonna, you’re *Madonna*! You don’t have anything to prove. Those were things you were never supposed to be, woman: Desperate and Boring. The kids have Katy Perry! You can’t compete and you shouldn’t try.
So, Madge, for the love of god, please get it together. You are better than this.”
— bohemian slapfight: Madonna, Please Stop.
“Madonna should have made a breakup album. Not some dreamy, melodramatic teen-pop breakup album, but a record by a middle-aged mother about the failure of her marriage. You can tell that she wanted to. Every once in a while on MDNA, a very specific lyric about opening a joint account or not signing a prenup cuts through the big, cheesy beats and reminds us that there is a real human being behind these songs. But it doesn’t happen enough, because Madonna is afraid to make a record for adults. If she did, she’d have to admit to being one.”
Flavorwire » on Madonna’s ‘MDNA’: Where Are All the Elderstateswomen of Pop?
some interesting points. I hoped for a new ‘Ray of Light’ too.
“That is: she doesn’t apologize for her talent or for her influence. What comes across quite profoundly when one interviews her is that she is preoccupied with her work and her gifts – just as serious male artists are, who often seem self-absorbed. She has the egoless honesty of the serious artist that reads like ego, especially in women.
Madonna is that forbidden thing, the Nietzschean creative woman.
Her preoccupation with a high level of work doesn’t allow her to follow the usual script that powerful women are expected to follow – “don’t hate me for my success, don’t hate me for my power”. She doesn’t pretend to the press that she thinks she is not talented, or suggest that she happened to make high-level art for decades unconsciously, or by accident, or in her sleep.
She doesn’t parade her vulnerabilities; she does not play the victim. She is not continually letting us in to the details of some battle with bulimia or weight problems or health problems or drug abuse, or the way her heart always seems to get broken (fill in likeable talented/wealthy/successful actress, musician, etc here). Nor does she complain about how hard it is to juggle work and family, or let us into photo shoots where we see the banal and recognizable rituals of grocery shopping or ferrying kids, so that we can know reassuringly that she is JUST LIKE US (fill in likeable female politician/news anchor here).
If she did engage in those ritual forms of self-abnegation that influential women are encouraged to spin to soft pedal their power in our media culture, we would “like her more”. But she would be far less important – both as an artist, and to the collective female psyche.”
by Naomi Wolf
“I am and was attracted to very creative people which is why I married Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie, two very talented directors. They both encouraged me as a director and as a creative person to do what I did, and they were both very supportive.”
Madonna at the W.E. Press Conference, Venice Film Festival
yes, *sure* :-)
(Source: twitter.com, via miurt)