Madonna is the queen of pop music. She is a master at re-inventing herself, lending herself to so many different female personalities that it is sometimes hard to understand who she really is. We’ve seen the virgin and the whore in her. Her style has always been revealing and sexually provocative, whether wearing a white wedding dress and writhing on the floor in ecstasy or dressed in bondage gear, or having a threesome.
One thing never changes – her desire to shock us by breaking the conventional image of the sexually submissive female persona.
Madonna’s voice has developed and matured over the years. Initially it was a childlike voice that she was once dubbed Minnie Mouse on Helium. Her sexuality didn’t go through a progressive development, it just exploded in our faces, explicit and unrepressed. We’ve seen her simulating sex with an angel, kissing other women, romping with several men at once, involved in sad-masochism scenes, and masturbating. Madonna thrives on controversy and has built her success on eroding sexual taboos, mixing them with religious imagery such as crucifixes, the stigmata, the Virgin, and so on. She has incurred the wrath of the Vatican and of religious groups on several occasions. Her latest album MDNA is already causing controversy both from its title, a clear reference to the drug known as Ecstasy, and the sexually provocative video-clips – “girl gone wild” that have been X rated and banned from You Tube.
What inspired Madonna to a career merging music and sex in a way at times close to pornography?
Madonna lost her mother to cancer at the age of five. She has often spoken of the pain of not only losing her mum at such a young age but also of having to be a mother to her own siblings. Her father re-married but she never accepted her step-mother. At school she was considered a wild child. Although possessed of a bright intellect and having good marks, she broke all boundaries and conventions. She used to do cartwheels and handstands during the breaks, hung from monkey bars by her knees, and raised her skirt in class so that the boys could see her underwear. Forty years on and not much has changed. If you have watched Madonna’s Super Bowl 2012 half-time show you’ll know what I mean.
She is extremely dedicated to her art, a perfectionist with the tenacity of a control freak. She makes sure that everything she does has her own imprint, and she doesn’t rest until the final product is perfect. Throughout her life, pressure has made her stronger. Criticism has given her the driving edge to surpass even herself and to press on to greater successes. Despite the sexually promiscuous attitude, she’s regal in all she does, arrogant and haughty in the way she relates the general public and the media, particularly to those who dare to cross her.
Her appearance, her poise, the way she has used her multiple talents as a singer, a film director, a writer and an entrepreneur, have all been designed meticulously with flawless perfection. Although her critics have now started to use ageist comments in an attempt to put her down, they’ve only succeeded in highlighting her youthful looks and well toned body by any age standards.
Some of her most revealing quotes:
About losing her mother to cancer as a child:
“I remember feeling stronger than she was,”
“I was so little and yet I felt like she was the child.”
“There was so much left unsaid, so many untangled and unresolved emotions, of remorse, guilt, loss, anger, confusion. I saw my mother looking very beautiful and lying as if she were asleep in an open casket. Then I noticed that my mother’s mouth looked funny. It took me some time to realize that it had been sewn up. In that awful moment, I began to understand what I had lost forever. The final image of my mother, at once peaceful yet grotesque, haunts me today also.”
“I was a lonely girl who was searching for something. I wasn’t rebellious in a certain way. I cared about being good at something. I didn’t shave my underarms and I didn’t wear make-up like normal girls do. But I studied and I got good grades…. I wanted to be somebody.” “I think the biggest reason I was able to express myself and not be intimidated was from not having a mother, as mothers teach you manners. And I absolutely did not learn any of those rules and regulations.” About being forced by two men to perform oral sex at knife point:
“The episode was a taste of my weakness; it showed me that I still could not save myself in spite of all the strong-girl show. I could never forget it.”
“I sometimes think I was born to live up to my name. How could I be anything else but what I am, having been named Madonna? I would either have ended up a nun or this.” Madonna means “my lady” in Italian, and it has religious connections with the Virgin Mary, often referred to as Madonna. “I was surprised by how people reacted to “Like a Virgin” because when I did that song, to me, I was singing about how something made me feel a certain way—brand-new and fresh—and everyone interpreted it as ‘I don’t want to be a virgin anymore. F**k my brains out!’ That’s not what I sang at all. ‘Like a Virgin’ was always absolutely ambiguous.”
“I know that I’m not the best singer and I know that I’m not the best dancer. But, I can f*****g push people’s buttons and be as provocative as I want. The tour’s goal is to break useless taboos.” “I love to work with the weirdoes that no one knows about—the people who have raw talent and who are making music unlike anyone else out there. Music is the future of sound.” “I realized that I could go from being unmoulded clay, and over time and with the help of people, I could turn myself into something else. This tour is the reflection of that belief and it’s as if saying to me ‘Who are you girl?’ Hence the name, it’s the new me.” “Why is it that people are willing to go and watch a movie about someone getting blown to bits for no reason at all, and nobody wants to see two girls kissing and two men snuggling?”
On playing “Evita“:
“This is the role I was born to play. I put everything of me into this because it was much more than a role in a movie. It was exhilarating and intimidating at the same time. And it was the farthest I’ve ever had to push myself creatively. At every level, I had a great education. And I am prouder of Evita than anything else I have done.” “The intensity of the scenes we have been shooting and the amount of emotional work and concentration needed to get through the day are so mentally and physically exhausting that I’m sure I will need to be institutionalized when it’s over.”
“I had to be beaten up so many times by these little black girls before they would accept me and finally one day they whipped me with a rubber hose till I was like, lying on the ground crying. And then they just stopped doing it all of a sudden and let me be their friend, part of their group.” “I sing about shattering an image that you have of somebody, but I also sing about loving someone that you wish you didn’t love… because you know that you’re doomed, but you can’t stop yourself.” “We were all wounded in one way or another by [her mother’s death], and then we spent the rest of our lives reacting to it or dealing with it or trying to turn it into something else. The anguish of losing my mom left me with a certain kind of loneliness and an incredible longing for something. If I hadn’t had that emptiness, I wouldn’t have been so driven. Her death had a lot to do with me saying—after I got over my heartache—I’m going to be really strong if I can’t have my mother. I’m going to take care of myself.”
She’s known to work through physical pain. Recently while suffering from a hamstring injury she went through a tight schedule of rehearsals for the Super Bowl half-time show, pressing on with a choreography of deep squats and cartwheels whilst singing a medley of some of her songs.
About being in charge:
“I may be dressing the typical bimbo, whatever, but I’m in charge. You know. I’m in charge of my fantasies. I put myself in these situations with men, you know, and people don’t think of me as a person who’s not in charge of my career or my life, okay. And isn’t that what feminism is all about, you know, equality for men and women? And aren’t I in charge of my life, doing the things I want to do? Making my own decisions?” “I really saw myself as the quintessential Cinderella.” Madonna comments on what it was like living with her step-mother and her dad: “I think that’s when I really thought about how I wanted to do something else and get away from all that.”
Madonna’s homeopathic remedy is Platina:
Platinum is a precious metal, more valuable and rarer than gold. It was first discovered in 1735 in South America by the Spanish. Initially deemed as worthless and used to make counterfeit coins, it soon became indispensable to modern technology as well as in the production of jewelry items. It has a capacity to absorb and then combine both Oxygen and Hydrogen with explosive reactions. It can only be dissolved by Aqua-regia, a combination of Hydrochloric and Nitric Acids. It is used in exhaust pipe filters for ecologically friendly engines, in two chemo-therapy compounds to combat cancer, and to produce two way mirrors, where it is possible for someone to observe others through a glass window that appears like a mirror.
What are the homeopathic characteristics of this remedy?
People who have a Platina emotional / psychological profile have an over-inflated ego. They are narcissists with a high perception of themselves, believing they are more important than anyone else, expressed through their sexual overdrive. They have ailments from feeling neglected by others, and from sexual disappointment. They often masturbate several times a day, and they are in general sexually promiscuous to pursue self-gratification and to release a sexual tension that they can never fully release. Although they are able to multi-orgasm, they don’t achieve the complete orgasm they crave.
Their appearance is very important to them. They take great care choosing their clothes and they tend to wear revealing and sexually appealing outfits.
Getting old is a very difficult experience for them, and Platina subjects tend to appear younger than they really are. Their demeanor is haughty and arrogant; they are the type of people who consider themselves in a position of power and think others should treat them as kings and queens, emperors and empresses. In order to maintain this status quo they become perfectionists, high achievers who feel at their best whilst under pressure. Their world revolves around them and no one else.
They may have the delusion that they are taller than anyone else, and that they are observing others from above – therefore they tend to look down on others.
Female subjects can have the delusion that there is something crawling in their genitals. It is possible that Madonna was pushed into the Platina psychological state from having lost her mother at such an early age. But it is also possible that those were already characteristics of her personality. She has a haughty queen- like attitude, is obsessed with perfection and works better under pressure. She has used her sexual excesses to make herself a sex-symbol, fully in control of her own life and her career, whilst remaining aloof to the public.
While this kaleidoscopic display goes on, we learn that Madonna is also profoundly religious and even spiritual.
Initially a Roman Catholic, she has used Christian iconography throughout her career. She has since the birth of her daughter Lourdes (a religious name) been dedicated to the Kabala in her attempts to understand the greater mysteries of life and creation, and she’s adopted the name Esther, which means star. Her manic sexual behavior is only one side of the mirror – the side that Madge allows us to see in order to further her career; on the other side of the two way mirror there’s a teasing Madonna, enjoying her own show and our reaction to her manipulative game of hide and seek.