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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Madonna & The Burka

Burka on the Beach ©Nina Buesing

I love Madonna. I do. I was a teenager when her career was in full swing and I think she provided an excellent example for me. She is hardworking, disciplined, outspoken and doesn't subordinate or take crap from people and particularly not from men.
Her message was/is: You can be whatever you want. For me Madonna never promoted promiscuity, but just send a clear message that a woman should be in charge of her sexuality. And that women should be responsible for themselves.
People love to to hate Madonna. Just like they like to tear down many other powerful women.
Donald Trump recently called Madonna an idiot for supposedly not having a pre-nup.
I just see a woman, who is very aware of her power who did the best she could not to emasculate her husband while not compromising who she was. No pre-nup (as I see it) meant: I want you to be my partner.
Well, and even if she looses half of her fortune, she still have left plenty AND she is in the process of making some more. Which brings me to my next thought: Madonna's appearance at age 50.
Madonna is on tour and there are lots of pictures of her on stage available.
Many people make awful comments about her body, saying that it is too muscular, too saggy. About her way of dressing they say it is inappropriate for a 50 year old. And some say the overall result is proof that she is taken the modern beauty ideal too far.
Yes, she is very buff. And yes she doesn't look 25 anymore. And she is not dressing like most 50 year-olds. But seriously, so what? She should dress however she sees fit, especially on stage. Telling her to cover herself up when she does not want to is like telling someone to wear a burka when they don't want to.
And besides, she is an entertainer, on stage.
As to her body, yes it is unusual, but I think of her as an athlete, and a practicing athlete would have a body like that -- even at age 50. It seems she has had some plastic surgery on her face, and that's not my cup of tea, but she certainly has the right to do it. I think Angelina Jolie (another entertainer) has had a nose job, but no one goes nutty over that. No, on the contrary: Angelina is celebrated as the most beautiful woman in the world (and she is stunning).
Plus where does it stop? I never wear makeup, but I have colored my hair since I was a teen. I had my teeth bleached once. How about hair elimination? Is that too much? What about tattoos?
I have a very flat stomach naturally. While my thighs are not that hot. I don't diet. I eat however much I want, but try to eat healthy for the sake of my health, not for weight control.
Madonna reminds me that my thighs could look better without the knife and without starving myself, just by working out -- and that I would probably be healthier if I did. And that I am responsible for my body.
And who compares themselves seriously with Madonna anyway? Do you compare your earnings with hers? No, so why do you compare your body with hers? Come on. Madonna just operates differently from most people. I think we all know that.
And I think certain level of vanity is healthy. It's good to keep yourself attractive. It's about balance -- mind & body.
As to what kind of example Madonna is to other women, I think she has contributed plenty. She is far from perfect, but I think she is clearly a feminist and has demonstrated how a woman can be strong, independent & determined.
Madonna is 50 and she is not done. Why do people want her to pack it in? That's ageism. If Madonna can sell 50,ooo tickets in a single night, I think she earned the right to be up on that stage. And how great that she is standing by Britney! Britney who is trying to get a grip and who also was judged much too cruelly by the public. (How she was judged by the courts I am ok with).Why too cruelly I say? Because she is just an entertainer! What do you expect? She wasn't running for vice-president.

You want to bitch about unhealthy bodies? Well, I recently saw those girls on the new 90210 and those are some skinny girls! Seriously skinny.
And they do not look like they are skinny because they have spent hours dancing and training, or even because they are just naturally skinny, they look like they just smoke cigarettes and starve themselves. And they wear super short skirts in their fictional high-school, which I find more provocative than Madonna's costumes on stage. But whatev.

1 comment:

Lane said...

I agree... I would not single Madonna out. To me she seems like a fitness/health oriented person, maybe to more of an extreme than most people, but at least she doesn't look bulimic.