Madonna: Gay Rights Are More Advanced than Women's Rights

by Jason St. Amand

National News Editor

Friday March 13, 2015

When speaking to Out magazine this week about her 13th studio album "Rebel Heart," Madonna confessed that she feels not much has changed for women since the '80s, saying that she believes gay rights have advanced more than women's rights.

"Gay rights are way more advanced than women's rights," Madonna told Out. She added that gender inequality has stayed practically still since 1983.

"People are a lot more open-minded to the gay community than they are to women, period," she continued. "It's moved along for the gay community, for the African-American community, but women are still just trading on their ass. To me, the last great frontier is women."

The Material Girl said she takes issue with the physical paradigms women are expected to copy.

"Women are still the most marginalized group. They're still the group that people won't let change. [To be successful] you must fit into this box: You must behave this way, dress this way," she said. "You're still categorized - you're still either a virgin or a whore. If you're a certain age, you're not allowed to express your sexuality, be single, or date younger men."

As the Huffington Post points out, she made similar statements in an interview with Instagram as she commented on the progress of gay rights but felt like artists were being censored and "no longer allowed to speak as freely or be the provocateurs they once were."

Madonna's new album, "Rebel Heart," was released Tuesday. Watch the music video for "Living for Love" below: