This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Expressing Herself Essay

1367 words - 6 pages

The year was 1982, Reagan was the President of the United States, E.T. was playing in movie theaters, break dance was taking to the streets and the 24 years old Madonna Louise Ciccone released her first single “Everybody”. It would go on to top the dance charts and dominate the nightclub floors, effectively launching what would be one of the most successful musical careers of all time. In an interview for Harpers Bazaar in 2013 she would say about her life and career, “if I can't be daring in my work or the way I live my life, then I don't really see the point of being on this planet.” Zeitgeist means the spirit of the age, or of the time, and no one, other than Madonna, could better represent the pop culture zeitgeist. She should be considered the leader of America's pop culture zeitgeist because she is a paragon of female empowerment, makes niche culture become mainstream and is able to seamlessly navigate several trends.
Those who oppose Madonna as a leader of the American pop culture zeitgeist could argue that she is no longer relevant in the pop culture scene, has lost her instinct for performance, is straining for effect and tries too hard to be hip. But by looking at some facts we can refute that. Her performance at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show in 2012 became the most watched halftime performance in history attracting 114 million viewers, a number higher than that of those that watched the game itself, showing that her appeal as an artist and her performance skills remain as strong as ever. Her recent album MDNA debuted at number one in the Billboard 200 and one of its singles “Give Me All Your Luvin’” gave her a record-extending 38th entry into the top-ten hit list of the Billboard Hot 100, demonstrating that she is still in high demand as an artist and that she retains her ability to deliver top song hits. The tour that accompanied the album was hailed as the highest-grossing tour of 2012 by Billboard and featured 88 sold-out shows performed worldwide becoming the ninth highest grossing tour of all time, clear evidence that the public still connects with her art and that she can draw big crowds. By constantly collaborating with different artists, such as Justin Timberlake, Cee Lo Green, Timbaland and M.I.A., Madonna managed to stay relevant and current, embracing different styles of the pop culture spectrum to keep her art relevant.
Madonna should be considered the leader of America's pop culture zeitgeist because she is a paragon of female empowerment. And she does that by rallying women to stand up for themselves and go after what they want. In her fourth album she released the song “Express Yourself” urging women to never go for second-best and to always express their feelings. With its gender equality lyrics this song would go on to become a hymn of freedom and encouragement to all women. She showed, through her performances and songs, that women didn’t have to conform to the role of sex objects or virginal wives; they could...

Find Another Essay On Expressing herself

Speaking Out Importance exemplified in the novel Speak

1655 words - 7 pages out as she completely says, “NNNOOO”(194) and defends herself from Andy Evans’ attack. Melinda’s complete maturity and awareness for expressing herself happens at the end of the novel when she says,” IT happened. There is no avoiding IT, no forgetting. No running away or flying, or burying, or hiding” (198). This shows that Melinda finally understands what happened to her and that she should not hide or run from her problems, instead she should

Emily Dickinson: Transcendentalist or Anti-Transcendentalist? Essay

731 words - 3 pages for so many years, her beliefs could have always been changing, which would explain her inconsistencies in expressing her beliefs through her poems (Edison). Fiction is never objective, and that is perhaps another reason why some of Emily Dickinson's poems could be considered to express anti-transcendentalist opinions (Fu). Emily Dickinson used her writings to express herself. As her poems are further analyzed, it can be seen that a little bit of

Julius Ceasar

555 words - 2 pages tell her his secret. Portia proved she was determined by not giving up without pressing for him to tell her. She also proved that she was loving by expressing her concern for her husband and offering herself as a person for him to vent his problems out to even though he refused to use her as it. She was also understanding by knowing that Brutus was getting angry and not doing anything to make him angrier. She proved her strength and devotion by

How are relationships presented in twice? - Essay

897 words - 4 pages impure and not redeemable (that’s why the conflict exists of expressing your love due to the possibility of rejection) which suggests why the speaker’s relationship with herself (at first) has broken, she has not ‘often smiled’ after this rejection, she deems herself worthless. – It is clear that the relationship she had with this man has led to degradation before she finds comfort in God. I think Rossetti’s main criticism here is firstly, the

Purple Hibiscus

1142 words - 5 pages is evident, brought by her time with her aunt and cousins. As a result, Kambili begins to become stronger, expressing herself and going against her father’s restrictive ways in order to form her own life. Through this, it can be seen that Kambili transforms into a stronger character througout The Purple Hibiscus, as a result of her exposure to her Aunty and cousins in Nssuka that sparked her change, shaping her to become a more independent

Shakespeare's Macbeth - Shakespeare as both a feminist supporter & oppressor

816 words - 3 pages stereotypes and how they can corrupt men. William Shakespeare lived in a time in which women's rights had not yet been thoroughly introduced. Consequently, his texts are full of such feminine stereotypes as them being weak, submissive, and soft. However, couldn't it be possible that William Shakespeare, by acknowledging these stereotypes, was actually expressing their falsehood? For example, in his most enticing work, Macbeth, he expresses

Examining Viola's Character in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

1287 words - 5 pages players' soliloquy, monologue, and asides remind them of their gender roles. Such these practices in Shakespearean theater double the humor simultaneously; however, it contributes to the development of Viola's character in the play itself in which she finds herself in between two worlds: feminism and masculinely. The role of male actors in the theater brings into account women's role as well as contradicts the concept of men's cross dressing

Slopy

654 words - 3 pages an author right about something that he or she wouldn't enjoy writing about. The author is expressing her own opinion about sloppy people, throughout her writing you could sense her debasement about neat people. You could also tell the author is talking about herself, because she considers herself a sloppy person. According to the author a sloppy person is somebody who aims too high and wide, versus a neat person who is somebody who is a bum and

Wife of Bath in Chaecer's Canterbury Tales

924 words - 4 pages In the Canterbury Tales written by Geoffrey Chaucer the story tells about men and women going on pilgrimages, among them the Wife of Bath in search of her 6th husband, who go on a journey to pay their respect to Sir Thomas á Becket. During the story the Wife of Bath strongly expresses herself as a very strong woman and knows what she expects with the men shes with. As well as this, with all her beauty and respect she was given in life the

Conflict in The Yellow Wallpaper

1381 words - 6 pages from expressing herself through her very first diary entry, in which she says “John is a physician, and perhaps--(I would not say it to a living soul, of course, but this is dead paper and a great relief to my mind)--perhaps that is one reason I do not get well faster. You see he does not believe I am sick! And what can one do? Personally, I disagree with their ideas. Personally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would

The Mother Daughter Relationship in I Stand Here Ironing by Tillie Olsen

915 words - 4 pages hardships she must overcome. She also witnesses her daughter?s happiness and the colorful meanings of life that she discovers herself. I believe this story is based around the hardships of growing up as a woman in the Nineteen-hundreds. It has all the symbolism of being a true feminist short story. As Elaine Orr expresses in her criticism, Tillie Olsen and a Feminist Spiritual Vision, about how ?Suddenly Emily is emblematic of all children, of the next

Similar Essays

In The Garden Of The North American Martyrs By Tobias Wolf

642 words - 3 pages Tobias Wolff’s short story, “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs,” is a naturalistic drama because the protagonist, Mary, has made herself as agreeable as possible and rarely expresses her own opinions, following an orthodox way of life. Mary then improvises an intense lecture and chooses to take her own path in her own teachings, when realizing she is brought in for a sham job interview. Mary is then rewarded by finding her own voice

The Awakening Essay

819 words - 3 pages these chains are finally broken by appearance of a new love, Edna is free to convey her own thoughts and ideas, and in turn, exhibit many of the qualities found in Emerson's essay. Some of these include: expressing herself fully and "trusting the divinity within herself" and by not falling into falling into the "conspiracy" of society against the individual. But most of all, Edna exhibits self-reliance by being misunderstood by

Testimonios Essay

984 words - 4 pages Group assumed that everyone shared the same story and experiences when it was actually the opposite. By expressing ones testimonios, others remember that everyone’s experiences are different. Testimonios also provide a way of reclaiming human agency. Having the chance to express and tell ones story is an act of human agency. The Latina Feminist Group states “Testimonio has been critical in movements for liberation in Latin America, offering an

The River Merchants Wife Poetry Analysis

881 words - 4 pages HUM 3310 FFF 21 The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter Ezra Pound wrote “The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter” in 1915. The poem was written by a house wife, whose husband has been gone for 5 months. The wife, who appears to be nameless in the poem, is expressing her feelings for her husband while he’s away. The writer Ezra Pound leaves us to believe that the speaker of this poem is going through some very dramatic feelings, and comparing the