Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop

Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop


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For nearly 30 years, Madonna has been at the center of the media spotlight. She has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, launched her own record label, headlined an Oscar-award-winning film, authored bestselling books for both adults and children, inspired global street-fashion trends, and instigated international debates over a range of feminist issues from sexual fetish to adoption ethics. Masterfully harnessing her talent and power to navigate her ascent to stardom, she has become the very definition of iconic.

She has also been a constant companion. In Madonna and Me, more than forty women write about Madonna’s influence on their lives. No subject goes unexplored—from sex and money to fashion and identity, the stories are just as brazen, bold, and balls-to-the-wall as Madonna. They explore the evolution of her chameleonlike personas—material girl and “boy-toy” tartlet, kooky Kabbalist and savvy businesswoman, siren and mother—and her impact on culture as a groundbreaking feminist.

Of course, not all women worship at her altar, and likewise the essays in Madonna and Me are brutally honest, funny, engaging, and real. They delve into the hearts, souls, memories, and moments of contemporary women, celebrating the ways in which Madonna has inspired us and challenged us, pushing us to be bolder, edgier, braver versions of ourselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593764296
Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
Publication date: 03/06/2012
Edition description: Original
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Jessica Volenti xi

Introduction Laura Barcella 1

Track 1 This Used to Be My Playground

Before Beyoncé, Tween Thongs, and Baby Tiaras Courtney E. Martin 9

Articles of Faith Shawna Kenney 14

Strike a Pose Kim Windyka 18

B-Sides Lesley Arfin 22

Bad Girls from Bay City Erin Trahan 26

Track 2 Like a Prayer

Madonna vs. the Virgin Mary Maria Gagliano 35

Are You There God? It's Me, Madonna Jamia Wilson 43

Our Lady of the Hot Pants Kristin McGonigle 49

The Black Madonna J. Victoria Sanders 55

Mad Mensch Wendy Shanker 61

Track 3 Burning Up

Madonna is Down with the Swirl Tamara Lynch 75

Madonna Speaks Sexual Truth to Power Gloria Feldt 81

My Pocket Madonna ? Laura Barcella 87

Safe Harbor Stacey May Fowles 94

And I Feel Laura M. André 103

Track 4 Keep it Together

In the Name of a Mother Kelly Keenan Trumpbour 111

Mother Madonna Sarah Sweeney 119

Marrying Madonna Christine Bachman 128

Into the Wilderness Soniah Kamal 134

Ciccone Youth Jen Hazen 145

Track 5 Lucky Star

Our Lady of Perpetual Motion Cintra Wilson 153

Desperately Seeking Stardom Sarah Stodola 162

Madonna is Boring and Lazy Colleen Kane 168

Touched for the Very First Time Rebecca Traister 173

Immaterial Girl Marisela Huerta 181

"Vogue:" Madonna's Creative Zenith Amanda Marcotte 186

Count Madonnicula Lisa Crystal Carver 192

Track 6 Fighting Spirit

Fuck You, Seattle Bee Lavender 199

Madonna in My Corner Ada Scott 210

Borderline: Madonna's Rebel Stance Maria Raha 216

My Movie and Madonna Caroline Leavitt 223

In Costume Dana Rossi 227

Burning Up Wendy Nelson Tokunaga 233

Bonus Track: Now I'm Following You

Madonna and Me Susan Shapiro 239

Madonna, Myself Mary K. Fons 243

Where's That Girl? Jamie Beckman 249

Conversations I Will Never Have with Madonna Kate Harding 253

A Borderline History of My Relationship with Madonna Erin Bradley 259

Justify My Love Emily Nussbaum 268

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