It was Madonna who once said:
“Now that I got everyone’s attention, what do I have to say?”
I recall watching VH1’s Behind The Music and felt this one comment helped inspire me. Madonna, though sometimes controversial, has had positive effects on society trying to shift the politics that women face to a more favorable view for women, overall.
Madonna, has single handedly, for a very long time, combated the social norms that women have had to face for many generations, these norms always work against the well-being and welfare of women.
“Then there are guys who say ‘I have never fantasized about being with a man.’ They are lying. And the least offensive men I’ve been with in terms of their sexual politics and how they view me as a woman, have been men who have either slept with men, or at least kissed or held a man once. It opens up your thinking. You don’t think that women are less-than you are.”
(From her book, Sex)
To a certain degree, as I am not inhibited to try to get the attention the others, I have also took up a similar mantle for myself. And have these discussions that Madonna, herself, has brought up in our social discourse. We need to have these conversations, and to recognize that there is no shame in a woman being sexual or dominant (and that a woman being in charge doesn’t make her fit a masculine norm either that men have), that men are not necessarily masculine or desire the social position of the typical masculine norms (they, too, can, and should be sensitive, because it doesn’t make them weak, but rather responsible and genuine), and that there is nothing wrong with someone being different in society.
“Straight men need to be emasculated. I’m sorry. They all need to be slapped around. Women have been kept down for too long. Every straight guy should have a man’s tongue in his mouth at least once.”
(Also from her book, Sex)
Madonna is not just creative, but also incredibly intelligent. She doesn’t simply just do something, but understands what she is doing as well. It was Madonna who helped inspire me to be more than another guy, but a fully participatory homosexual male I am today. She gets a lot of the same social narratives that I also get, and that really need to be challenged and altered for a more beneficial and inviting social discourse for everyone.