To many, Madonna is a feminist and gay icon read why.
While the supreme artist is busy promoting her album ‘Rebel Heart’, she sat down with OUT magazine to discuss some of the issues that are most important to her, women’s rights and the rights of gays.
The star posed for a sexy black & white photo shoot and talked about the struggle for women’s rights which she described as “the last great frontier. 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 a**. To me, the last great frontier is women. Women are still the most marginalized group.”
She added: “You’re still categorized, you’re still either a virgin or a whore. If you’re a certain age, you’re not allowed to express your sexuality, be single, or date younger men.”
The singer who is 56, has regularly been scrutinized over for expressing her sexuality, her skimpy outfits and her toyboy lovers. The star said she ‘can relate’ to Joan Of Arc… “sometimes I’m getting burned at the stake metaphorically.”
She spoke of moment she realized her younger brother Christopher was gay. “It wasn’t something I could articulate; it was just something instinctual that I noticed. My brother always had a lot of girls around him that seemed like they were madly in love with him, but he didn’t seem like he was madly in love with them. And then I saw him interacting with my ballet teacher [who was gay], and in my mind I unconsciously went, ‘oh, I get it.’ I didn’t ask my brother if he was gay.”
“So… conundrum! I was like, how am I ever going to get a date? Maybe if I cut my hair and I lose a lot of weight, someone will mistake me for a guy and ask me out.”
OUT hits news stands on March 17th.