The New York Times Magazine feature “Madonna at Sixty” by “intellectual feminist” Vanessa Grigoriadis, is an all-access retrospective of the iconic entertainer’s career that tries to make sense of Madonna’s place in the evolving music industry.
According to Madonna, the magazine focuses a lot on her age including “trivial and superficial matters” which she said made her “feel raped,”
She also said that she thinks all of these wouldn’t have been mentioned if she was a man, adding that it’s a further proof that the newspaper “is one of the founding fathers of the Patriarchy.”
The profile, published online on Wednesday, Grigoriadis frequently mentions the difficulties she perceives Madonna having to navigate as a pop star as she gets older, “The sex bomb at 60 was slightly less than bionic…”. At another point, she writes, “I realized I couldn’t ask her about anything as personal as menopause, but I had to broach the topic of aging.”
The writer expresses dissatisfaction with Madonna’s level of vulnerability, as well, writing that even though she tried to relate to her as a fellow older mother, “She was like a cactus with spikes protecting her from anyone getting too close, particularly journalists. … I didn’t feel I was hearing enough of her real thoughts about her real life.”
In response to the write-up, Madonna wrote on her IG:
Madame on the cover of N.Y.T. Magazine photographed by my dear friend @jr……….Also sharing my fav photo that never made it in, along with pre-shoot chat and a celebratory glass of wine after many hours of work! To say that I was disappointed in the article would be an understatement-It seems. You can’t fix society And its endless need to diminish, Disparage or degrade that which they know is good.
Especially strong independent women. The journalist who wrote this article spent days and hours and months with me and was invited into a world which many people don’t get to see, but chose to focus on trivial and superficial matters such as the ethnicity of my stand-in or the fabric of my curtains and never-ending comments about my age which would never have been mentioned had I been a MAN! Women have a really hard time being the champions of other women even if. they are posing as intellectual feminists.
I’m sorry, I spent 5 minutes with her. It makes me feel raped. And yes I’m allowed to use that analogy having been raped at the age of 19. Further proof that the venerable N.Y.T. Is one of the founding fathers of the Patriarchy. And I say—-DEATH TO THE PATRIARCHY woven deep into the fabric of Society. I will never stop fighting to eradicate it.