I read online the other day that Madonna — aka “Madge” — now has “Man Arms” — and I immediately wondered two things. One: is there a proper and acceptable aesthetic for the look of one’s arms based on gender alone? Two: What is wrong with Madonna that she thinks those arms are in any way good for her?
Do we need separate aesthetics based on gender?
Or is there an overall usefulness in a single theory of human beauty?
Madonna must find her arms appealing, but I find them appalling as an example for imitation: Nobody should have arms that are that emaciated and vein-popping when just walking down the street.
We know Madge’s arms don’t naturally look like that — her body used to be humanly normal and well-fitted to the aesthetic of her career — but the last five years or so, she’s gone extreme into the visibly unhealthy and we must begin to wonder why and ask her for remedies against this new cultural standard of demonstrative public starvation.