Monday, 12 December 2016 - 10:51
Madonna Gives Powerful Sexism Speech after 'Woman of The Year' Nomination



Madonna delivered a powerful speech on music industry sexism on Friday night when she was honoured as Woman of the Year at Billboard's Women In Music 2016 event.

Reflecting on her over 30 year career, the Queen of Pop spoke about the obstacles she had to overcome to be recognised and to stay relevant after 3 decades in the music industry.

Speaking at the annual Billboard Women In Music event where she was named Woman of the Year, the 58-year-old took to the stage and told the star-studded audience, “I stand before you as a doormat ... Oh, I mean, as a female entertainer”.

“Thank you for acknowledging my ability to continue my career for 34 years in the face of blatant sexism and misogyny and constant bullying and relentless abuse,” Madonna said.

“I was of course inspired by Debbie Harry and Chrissie Hynde and Aretha Franklin, but my real muse was David Bowie. He embodied male and female spirit and that suited me just fine. He made me think there were no rules. But I was wrong. There are no rules — if you’re a boy. There are rules if you’re a girl.

“If you’re a girl, you have to play the game. You’re allowed to be pretty and cute and sexy. But don’t act too smart. Don’t have an opinion that’s out of line with the status quo. You are allowed to be objectified by men and dress like a slut, but don’t own your sluttiness. And do not, I repeat do not, share your own sexual fantasies with the world. Be what men want you to be, but more importantly, be what women feel comfortable with you being around other men. And finally, do not age. Because to age is a sin. You will be criticised and vilified and you will definitely not be played on the radio.”

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