There's a fascinating feature in (of all places) The Sun showing the above 53-year-old women baring their nipples a la Madonna on her MDNA Tour, with each explaining why they're in support of the icon's widely derided self-exposure.
I agree with much of what they say and disagree with some, too (one of them raves about Madonna's all-natural body and how real it is), but mostly I have to agree with Andrew, who sent it to me, that it's beautiful. Almost as beautiful as the comments under the story are ugly—so many pathetic people bitching and moaning about the horror of seeing a not-20-year-old nipple. It's self-hate in advance 'cuz we're all going to be 53 one day if we're lucky enough, or wish we were 53 again if it's in the past.
Andrew also sends me this laughable, arch-rightie piece on how Madonna's tweaking of Christianity is something she'd NEVER DARE do regarding Islam. Except, as Andrew points out, bitch already did:
Back to ageism, check out this take on Nipplegate 2.0, which includes the following passage:
"Older women simply can't win. And despite the fact that Madonna is a veritable goddess of excellent pop campery, she is, to her detriment, also 53. Which is about the same age as my mum. Now, I'm not suggesting that my mum should start flashing people in Buckingham Waltrose, but that's because she's not a multimillion-dollar recording artist under pressure to keep things saucy. Madonna is, and if she chooses to flash her half-a-century-old nipples, by God, I defend her right to do it...Madonna is not desperate. She is sensational."
Finally, a brief editorial on why ranting about Madonna's age is getting ollld.
In summation, this is how you do relevance kids—you do something seemingly insignificant and it becomes a worldwide hot-button issue.