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Flashback: Madonna's "Express Yourself"

Flashback: Madonna's "Express Yourself"

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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Cherrytree94 Cherrytree94 9 years
Ugh....I hate Madonna but the video is ok i guess
controlledspin controlledspin 9 years
I love how this could come out today (the video) and it would still be as popular. I love it! I was going to suggest to Bella not long ago that she show this video :)
JustineyBoBeeny JustineyBoBeeny 9 years
Garsh... I agree with you ^^ For one, I forgot how awesome those dance moves are. Secondly, her videos are always timeless.
JustineyBoBeeny JustineyBoBeeny 9 years
Garsh... I agree with you ^^ For one, I forgot how awesome those dance moves are.Secondly, her videos are always timeless.
miss-sugar miss-sugar 9 years
Madonna really is an icon. She's done so much with her time as a performer. You're right giggle, this is a powerful song and video!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
It just goes to show that there is only one Madonna. Other stars that come after her can try all they want, but those shoes are impossible to fill.
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