Now, From the fiery intellectual provocateur: a brilliant essay collection that both celebrates and challenges modern feminism from motherhood to Madonna, football to Friedan, stilettos to Steinem.
Now, for the first time, her best essays on the subject are gathered together in one concise volume.
The world wasn’t ready for that exploration: the album tanked and Madonna nearly lost her career — a dark moment that she touched on in her Billboard speech.
is dedicated to Madonna’s mother, who died when the singer was five), growing up with an oppressive Catholic father in “Oh Father,” and dealing with the end of her tumultuous marriage to Sean Penn in “Till Death Do Us Part.” It forced the world to see Madonna for who she is: a serious artist.
In the video, we’re transported to an ominous urban landscape filled with metal, machinery, railway lines, and smokestacks — imagery explicitly taken from Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis.
We first see Madonna in a tight-fitting black dress, her hair cropped short and died platinum blonde, perched atop a sinister-looking swan statue overlooking her kingdom. In 2011, Lady Gaga released “Born This Way,” the title track of her second album, which was fast, catchy, political (the first number-one hit to use the word “transgendered”), sassy (“Don’t be a drag/Just be a queen”) — and complete a rip-off of “Express Yourself.” While Gaga hadn’t lifted any of the lyrics, everything else — the song’s melody, its disco chord progression, its message of empowerment — was an imitation of Madonna’s anthem.
Costumed in crucifixes and layers of lace, Madonna bounced onto the world stage in 1983 inviting us to take a Holiday, and by the end of 1985 she had become a phenom due to her sophomore album, “Like a Virgin.” The appeal to high school girls was apparent; Madonna captured the imaginations of the wannabes, and once she held them and other record buyers in the palm of her hand, she crafted messages of empowerment.
One might trace it back to “Material Girl.” In her Marilyn Monroe caricature, Madonna uses her old-fashioned feminine wiles to get what she wants, materialistically.
From the fiery intellectual provocateur: a brilliant essay collection that both celebrates and challenges modern feminism from motherhood to Madonna, football to Friedan, stilettos to Steinem.
When Camille Paglia first burst onto the scene with her best-selling Sexual Personae, she established herself as a smart, fearless, and often dissenting voice among feminists.