Sarah Jessica Parker isn’t the only star on the defense when it comes to her Met Gala style. Madonna, who is no stranger to delivering some shock value, turned heads on Monday night when she stepped onto the high-fashion event red carpet wearing a revealing black lace ensemble by Riccardo Tisci which exposed her breasts and booty.And now, the singer has taken to social media to explain that her outfit choice wasn’t just for the heck of it. It was to make a statement.

“We have fought and continue to fight for civil rights and gay rights around the world. When it comes to Women’s rights we are still in the dark ages. My dress at the Met Ball was a political statement as well as a fashion statement,” Madonna wrote alongside a photo of herself on Instagram.