It’s hard to think of any celebrity who has done more than Madonna to promote public awareness of queer culture.
However, in an interview to Out Magazine, the singer joined the Women Rights vs. Gay rights debate.
Gay rights are way more advanced than women’s rights. People are a lot more open-minded to the gay community than they are to women, period.
It’s moved along for the gay community, for the African-American community, but women are still just trading on their ass. To me, the last great frontier is women.”
For women, she feels, the situation has hardly improved since 1983. She said:
Women are still the most marginalized group. They’re still the group that people won’t let change. You must fit into this box: You must behave this way, dress this way.”
Her comments follow the same stance as Patricia Arquette comments at the Oscars. Where Arquette also called out the gay community and African-American community to support women’s rights.
But yet, again like with Arquette’s comments, Madonna have failed to acknowledge that lesbians, bisexuals, trans*, and African-Americans are women too.
Her stance is what we call White Feminism, and sadly in this interview she forgets lesbians and bisexual women exist.
As queer women, we aren’t the allies to women – we are women. And the people that are keeping us from equality is not the Gay Community or African-American Community, but it’s misogynist, most oftentimes white, males.