Yeesh, Madonna. Okay, this is not news, so don’t expect me to spend more than several words on this. Madonna recently snapped this picture with the caption, “Long hair…… Don’t Care!!!!!! #artforfreedom #rebelheart #revolutionoflove.”
First off, Madonna did this in the 1980s and we’re still alive. Second, the multitude of white lady celebrities who have done this include Patti Smith, Julia Roberts, Helena Bonham Carter, Sophia Loren, and the list goes on. That’s cool, Madonna. You do you. But also note to people out there making statements: is there anything more #WhiteWomensFeminism than declaring yourself part of some “revolution” ( and one “of love,” at that) because you Instagrammed your armpit hair? (No.)
My first reaction was “Well, at least she’s not being racist again.” Except maybe yeah, kinda. If we’re going to make any statement about beauty standards, let’s start with things like this, this, or this. A teacher of mine used to say that when it comes to growing and learning, rising tides lift all boats. I never thought that to be true. A shitstorm of publicity stunts lifts some boats, and sinks all the other ones, as it continues to drown out legitimate conversations on beauty standards and just has us focus on hair. With feminism’s increased trendiness, marketing, and monetization, let’s be wary that we don’t get into this territory.