No female artist has done more to crush the repressive, patriarchal structure that has held women down for eons than Madonna.
In 1984, she told Dick Clark she wanted to rule the world, and that same year, she writhed around “Like A Virgin” on the stage of the MTV awards, delivering one of the most famous performances in MTV and pop music history. She charged into the 90s like Joan of Arc rallying women to “Express to Yourself!” any damn way they pleased. And ever since, she has, indeed, ruled the world.
In 2018, we celebrate Madonna at 60.
Long Live The Queen!
Who’s that girl?
She doesn’t have a stage name.
Her name is Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone.
She literally is Madonna.
Her arrival on the world stage—with the name of Madonna—made the heads of the Catholic Church and religious-right explode in unison because they were powerless against the unstoppable swell of change she unleashed. They knew that, like the tale of “Excalibur”, where Arthur obtained the British throne by pulling a sword from an anvil sitting on top of stone, it was Madonna’s hand that would start turning the ancient key that would break open the rusty old lock on the proverbial chastity belt, ending the stronghold of control they had on women’s independence and sexual empowerment.
The Divine Feminine was awakened and women and girls all over the world have been forever changed and empowered.
They religious right hated this.
(but they like when Donald Trump does it).
Catholic Church: Can we burn her at the stake?
And this almost killed them.
Madonna invented #FreeTheNipple
Breasts are not indecent exposure.
Breasts are not crimes.
Breasts feed babies.
Breasts are bad ass.And, of course, she sang “EXPRESS YOURSELF” and “HUMAN NATURE” . . . Express yourself, don’t repress yourself . . . in a black Pussy Hat at the first Women’s March the day after Trump’s Russian-assisted “inauguration”.
Yeah, Pussy Hat. We’re comfortable saying Pussy Hat because of Madonna.
Her fiery speech.
And then, still in her Pussy Hat, she palled around with fellow Goddesses, Cher and Gloria Steinem.
Happy 60th Birthday, Madonna!
You are unforgettable, you are living herstory and we give you our thanks.