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Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Pushing The Boundaries of Society

Posted 02-06-2012 at 11:00 PM by GCSTroop


"Sex is dirty!" We've all heard this in one form or fashion from some charlatan of society claiming to have some celibate morality higher than our own. The word 'prude' is a good word to describe these people but I prefer the more disparaging and accurate 'hypocrite.'

Whatever the case, while watching the Super Bowl the other night, Madonna's half-time show came on and I watched with little interest as she came a little bit before my time. Make no mistake, I always knew who she was but when songs like Vogue and Like a Virgin were displayed on MTV every fifteen minutes, I was just barely old enough to realize that those conical breasts were hardly the shape as the own teat I'd been suckling just a few years prior.

I was sort of surprised to see a bunch of male dancers dressed like Roman soldiers. The first thing it reminded me of was some shtick that Lady Gaga might do if she were to perform during the Super Bowl. Granted, I do think Lady Gaga is still a little too over the top for the Super Bowl. At least, I think most people would consider her too over the top... I don't.

Nevertheless, I also realized that for 53 years old, Madonna was every bit the sex symbol I'd come to hear about all these years. In fact, I must admit that I found myself kind of intensely focusing on her as her show wore on. Granted, she was lip synching and her dance moves weren't that great but her body and her sexiness was very evident.

Then it got me thinking that I do faintly remember those days at the height of her MTV popularity. The thing I remember the most is that she was inflaming those prudish hypocrites thirty years ago and then I got to thinking that I really liked and respected this sexy woman who was nearly the same age as my own mother.

This afternoon I couldn't help but look up some of her older music videos and what I found astonished me! This woman, Madonna, was every bit the pillager of that strict, puritanical society we've come to know as America. Only, she was doing it thirty years ago! Her video, Like A Prayer, touched on topics that were downright blasphemous. Burning crosses, a black woman resembling a Jesus of sorts, a white girl and black man in love; kissing even, and a white woman dancing in the midst of a black church choir! Holy Christ, this woman must have made the entire Southern Baptist Convention collectively gasp in shock and horror. To that, I say I now have a newfound respect for Madonna and I even bought that song Like A Prayer on iTunes as doing my part to give any strict holdouts of staunch religiosity a stroke.

But, fast forward to the modern era and to another woman who symbolizes sex and manages to push the boundaries of normalcy even further off the edge... Lady Gaga. I don't go "gaga" over her music but it is conducive to a decent listening experience and I can make my way through it alright. It was the Romans, however, in the Madonna show, that reminded me of Lady Gaga and her videos of half naked men "serving" her as a queen of her own sexuality. Even better, Lady Gaga has managed to upset the children (and remaining members) of those hypocritical charlatans of morality thirty years ago with her cries for free expression of human individuality and sexuality.

Oh, how the wretched bowels of the Far Right must be sulking and, oh, how I wish I could hear their groans and cries right now. Imagine, if you will, a sexually-empowered woman thirty years ago who pushed the boundaries of virtually everything worth pushing back then, inflaming the prudes, and the sticklers for that self-professed morality only to have her perform at half time as a "family event" during the Super Bowl. Oh, yes, how happy I am to think that in twenty-five to thirty years, perhaps even less, Lady Gaga will be marching down the 50-yard line dressed in nothing but a leaf mimicking that of Eve while a bunch of men dance around with leaves placed to mimic that of Adam. Oh, how I can't wait to hear the collective groans, sighs, and howls of utter distaste when she does it during the Super Bowl.

Why? Because every person who launches an attack at these important women fails to realize in themselves their own hypocrisy, their own self-righteous judgment as being what they put out to society, and their failure as human beings to think about the fact that not everyone need be some straight-laced buffoon of ancient mythology.

To Lady Gaga and Madonna, I say keep up the good work. Keep pushing the boundaries of those who wish to suppress our individual freedoms and you will have your supporters. To those who hate this sort of immorality, ask yourself this simple question:

"When was the last time you looked at porn on the internet?"
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