With the recent wrap of her Rebel Heart tour in Australia, Madonna has achieved a new milestone of being one of only six artists to gross more than $1 billion in live touring revenue since 1990. The fellow artists that join her on the ‘Top Grossing Billboard Boxscore Touring Acts’ list are all male and are all over 50, such as Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones and U2.
Madonna was quoted in a 2015 interview with Refinery 29’s Neha Gandhi about current issues facing women in society.
“You can be sexy, but you can’t be smart. You can be smart, but you can’t be sexy. You can besexy, but you can’t be 50. So, we live in a very ageist society, which means we live in a sexistsociety because nobody ever gives men shit for how they behave, however old they are. There is no rulebook. But, if you’re a woman, there are rules, and there are boundaries.”
How do we find a solution to disqualifying the ageist, sexist media rhetoric that currently feeds into the majority of the criticism that many women, such as Madonna, face in the media today?