Madonna and Generation X women

I’ve just read a fascinating critique of Madonna’s life and divorce in the Sunday Times’ News Review section. If rumours are to be believed, her marital breakdown was caused by the imbalance of power between Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie. Far more interesting than yet another celebrity couple’s public divorce is the role Madonna’s has played as a leader of women.  Modern Madonnites face frustration and dilemma. Desiring to be strong and powerful, confident in their sexuality, it is beginning to dawn on some that female power comes at the cost of emasculating men to the point of female revulsion.

Madonna, despite being a global superstar worth £300m, remains a perfect mirror of her female fan base…We may not prance around on stage aged 50, looking freakishly toned and wearing tiny leotards, but, like Madonna, many of us were bad girls in our twenties, good girls (and mothers) in our thirties and divorced some point in the following decade or two…

Now, aged 50 and with little left to prove, she’s readying herself to go solo…As often is the case, divorce at a later age, for Madonna, isn’t the impromptu version of divorce from one’s youth: by all accounts the Ritchies have tried hard to make their marriage work…

…what it boils down to…is that Madonna, and Madonna’s needs and Madonna’s desires, had an emasculating effect on her husband; that she noticed, didn’t find it attractive and agreed that enough was enough.

Madonna’s marriage has gone wrong for all the modern reasons, which is apt, because she is all the aspects of modern womanhood rolled into one. You do slightly get the feeling that there is no hope for modern marriage, because if she, with all her determination and resourcefulness and loathing of failure, can’t manage to make hers work, then there is little hope for the rest of us.

About neilrobbie

I am a 6'6" formerly ginger Scot, in a cross cultural marriage to my lovely Londoner wife. We've lived in SE Asia and since 2005, I have served as an Anglican minister in Wolverhampton and West Bromwich.
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2 Responses to Madonna and Generation X women

  1. andjelka radic says:

    I agree very much with your comments on Madonna and her marriage split. That seems to be the norm in our society. Women want to be men and are not very good at it.

  2. neilrobbie says:

    Hi Andje, welcome to transforming grace! You’re right, it’s a disaster when women want to be men, but it’s often a response to men not being men.

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