Across every major media outlet this morning is a story about Madonna.
She made a speech, you see, whilst accepting the Billboard ‘Woman Of The Year’ Award for 2016. A very good speech. It’s gone viral.
It was a rousing battle cry for women worldwide as she tackled sexism, feminism, homophobia, and ageism; all while discussing shocking details about her life in a frank and candid fashion. It was brave, it was heartfelt, and even the trashiest celeb rags are giving her a standing ovation this morning.
But Madonna best enjoy her moment as the reigning queen of feminism while she still can, because it’s a title that’s unlikely to last long.
Why? Because Madonna – like so many other women in the spotlight – is a bad feminist. A botoxed, rich, sexual, loud, flawed feminist. And for so many of us, that puts her into a category we just can’t quite get our head around, even if there’s a bloody good chance that we are a ‘bad feminist’ ourselves.
I didn’t coin the term ‘bad feminist’.
It’s been around for a long time, and has been used by many women to describe many experiences. Hey, even Madonna borrowed it in her Billboard acceptance speech.
“I remember wishing I had a female peer I could look to for support,” said Madonna, when describing the backlash she received in her post-divorce years as she released her Sex book, and Erotica album.
“Camille Paglia, the famous feminist writer, said I set women back by objectifying myself sexually. So I thought, ‘oh, if you’re a feminist, you don’t have sexuality, you deny it.’ So I said ‘fuck it. I’m a different kind of feminist. I’m a bad feminist.'”
Watch Madonna’s acceptance speech below. (Post continues after video)