Madonna has fought against stereotypes, discrimination, and inhibiting categorization her entire life. When the singer first broke out back in the 1980’s, it was considered “immoral” for women to take advantage of their sexuality, and flaunt it as an artist, as a woman.
In an interview with The Cut, while promoting her latest skin care product line, MDNA, the “Like A Virgin” artist dished on her experiences with discrimination based on sex and age.
At the beginning of the superstar’s career, she came under heavy fire for using “sexuality as part of (her) creativity,” and people called her a “sexual provocateur.”
According to the legendary songstress, her struggles today with ageism make those of her youth look like child’s play. Discrimination against older women is even more powerful.
Madonna said the “challenges that I had to face 20 years ago seem ludicrous” today. The singer claims many people give her a hard time for doing things conventionally associated with younger women, in addition to dating younger men.
She said, “I mean, who made those rules?” However, the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient claimed the future looks bright, in the sense that people are slowly waking up to discrimination, and the idea that individuals should be free to live the way they wish.
“People are going to shut up,” the singer said. Madonna thinks we need “role models” who can pave the way, and what a better role model than herself.
Madonna thinks it’s an “outdated patriarchal” idea that women have to stop being sexy and adventurous once they’re past sixty-years-old.
The importance of health, nutrition, and physical fitness are paramount to the legendary artist. Madonna claimed she hasn’t changed her lifestyle much since she was a young woman, and has no plans on doing so in the future either. It’s all about balance and new experiences to keep one’s soul alive and youthful.