Check out this clip of TV newsblob/patriarchal minion Diane Sawyer questioning Madonna’s 1st Amendment rights. Why is Sawyer trying to keep a sister down? Because 15 years ago Madonna published a saucy coffee table book depicting simulations of human sex acts, that’s why. Which of course completely invalidates whatever claim to fully human status Madonna might make now.
In this 2006* interview snippet, Sawyer accosts Madonna at a booksigning promoting her kiddie book The English Roses, accusing her of “hypocrisy.” No access to YouTube because your fucking iPhone won’t recognize the WiFi network at Starbuck’s? Allow me to transcribe the pertinent bits:
Sawyer: So what moral right do you have, after doing Sex, to write a children’s book?
Madonna: I don’t understand that question. I have the right to write any book I want. About anything.
Somebody, quick! Squirt some Astroglide in Sawyer’s face, wake her up, and let her know we’re not living in a Hawthorne novel!
Besides, her sanctimony is disingenuous. The history of “legitimate” publishing in America is inseparable from the history of porn publishing; the latter has always been used to finance the former, and more than one serious writer has paid the rent by pounding out smut. TS Eliot’s publisher funded The Waste Land with trashy pulp fiction with titles like Flaming Youths.
Madonna’s no TS Eliot, but more people, by a factor of at least 8 gajillion, have busted a move to “Material Girl” than have ever even heard of J. Alfred Prufrock. Thus she has accrued enough cash and clout to land her in that class of women who, for their failure to be sufficiently chaste, must be reviled and ridiculed on Good Morning America.**
You know what? Fuck that fucking Virgin Mary. A pox on the fucking ecclesiastical stereotype of the ideal woman, and a pox on the fucking 2000 year old Christian tradition of defining women in terms of sex which ultimately has led to “pajamagrams,” “vegan” strip clubs, and goody-goody anchorwomen spouting off on TV about “moral authority.”
For the record, Madonna’s sex book consisted of ultra-corny BDSM that these days would scarcely make a Presbyterian blush.
*Way to stay on top of the news cycle, Twisty!
** Women without cash and clout, who fail to be sufficiently chaste, are also reviled and ridiculed, but usually only by their close personal friends.