While reading some news articles for a future post I chanced upon a pure click bait link: Madonna’s vagina selfie
While normally I dismiss those things and move along with a nothing-here-for-you-to-see attitude, I just had to click.
Partly because I love Madonna and partly because I really wondered exactly what she posted. After all, this is a woman who published a coffee table book entitled Sex filled with very explicit photos of herself, posed nude for multiple projects (just Google Madonna nude), and has appeared videos, print and many public places wearing very revealing bondage gear. In fact, recently she was at the Billboard music awards looking like she left her skirt at home.
Madonna is clearly not shy about her body. She celebrates it and uses it in her art. Also, she has a new album coming out and some extra publicity never hurts. Given nude/semi-nude celebrity selfies are practically the norm I was wondering what one-upwomanship she had posted. Honestly, I was expecting something akin to a selfie with a speculum in her vagina!
This is the picture. Her clothed vulva (for those who need an anatomy lesson). So tame that I looked around online to see if by chance had the wrong one, but nope. This picture generated these headlines…
and of course, Wanna see some Madge Vag.
To call this picture racy given what Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, and Miley Cyrus (to name a few) post on an ongoing basis is ludicrous. Now factor in what Madonna typically wears in public (never mind what she performs in). While her underwear is a little to tight for me (not a fan on the UCT, underwear camel toe) this is tame for most bathing suits and for Madonna it’s practically a nun’s habit. I’ve even posted a similar picture on a post that I wrote on how to get rid of your muffin top!
But as I looked for a more salacious picture I realized that most articles had conveniently forgotten the vast online portfolio of Madonna genitalia, the fact that many celebrities routinely post barely dressed selfies, and focused on her age. That somehow it is desperate for an almost 56-year-old woman to post a picture in her underwear (a woman who has spent most of her career performing in little more than underwear), but just fine for Rihanna and Miley. Since Madonna’s body is amazing the only difference can be her age.
And then of course many of the sites slipped in the fact that Madonna dates men who are a lot younger. So it is just fine was just fine for men to partner with much younger woman (Harrison Ford, Humphrey Bogart, Michael Douglas to name a few very famous ones), but switch the gender and keep the age gap and suddenly it’s worthy of a snide comment? Maybe if Madonna married one of these young men it would be more acceptable.
There’s only one thing that bothers me about Madonna’s selfie and that’s the fact that she deleted it from Instagram.