Is Madonna Using Lourdes?

I remember a time when Madonna was so sheltering of her daughter Lourdes that the girl wasn't even allowed to watch TV (though I bet a sneak peek at the occasional Madonna video was perfectly OK, yuck yuck).

But once Madonna hit the age where radio turns a chilly shoulder to you -- and the youth market starts being cornered by all manner of Mileys, Gagas, and Keshas -- Lourdes suddenly became more visible than Madonna's gym-trained arms.

Most noticeably, she's the alleged designer of the Material Girl line and has been extremely present for headline-grabbing publicity events.

It's nice that Lourdes is being given a creative outlet for her early-life gifts, but of course it's all being carried out with mama, and it tends to shower some young relevance onto Mama, who kind of needs it right now.

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Madonna, after all, is the one who's savvily teamed with everyone from Justin to Britney in order to studiously stay away from Norma Desmond-land.

Am I being cynical or is there a tiny bit of using going on here?

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