Read Madonna’s powerful speech on S3xism & abuse at Billboard’s Women In Music 2016

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Madonna gave a powerful speech on Friday after being presented with the Woman of the Year award at Billboard’s Women In Music 2016 Luncheon in New York.

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She said she has been a victim of abuse, bullying, and S3xism in her career.

“I stand before you as a doormat. Oh, I mean, as a female entertainer. Thank you for acknowledging my ability to continue my career for 34 years in the face of blatant S3xism and misogyny and constant bullying and relentless abuse. If you’re a girl, you have to play the game. You’re allowed to be pretty and cute and S3xy. But don’t act too smart. Don’t have an opinion that’s out of line with the status quo.

“You are allowed to be objectified by men and dress like a Slvt, but don’t own your Slvttiness. And do not, I repeat do not, share your own S3xual fantasies with the world. Be what men want you to be, but more importantly, be what women feel comfortable with you being around other men.

“And finally, do not age. Because to age is a sin.”

She continued:

“I think the most controversial thing I have ever done is to stick around. Michael is gone. Tupac is gone. Prince is gone. Whitney is gone. Amy Winehouse is gone. David Bowie is gone. But I’m still standing. I’m one of the lucky ones and every day I count my blessings.”

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