Hey, vajayjay flashin', drug-addled, uninspired girleens—this is how it's done! Back in 1989, Madonna was at her professional peak. In her video for "Express Yourself," Madonna created a complicated vision of female sexuality. "Express Yourself" is a song about love, but it's also a song about female empowerment, about not letting love make you stupid. Madonna shows up in a variety of guises: she's conventionally feminine in a charmeuse gown; she's in an androgynous power suit; she's chained and naked; she's in charge of a crew of naked slaves. You can be sexual, the fantasy images seem to say, without simply being reduced to an object, but all the same, love can enslave you if you let it. Unlike a lot of musical starlets these days whose images are totally created for them, Madonna was and is interested in culture and had a hand in incorporating art and film references in this video. Click here and here to find out what I mean. This is pop culture at its best, people! (Click here to read Bella's profile!)
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