06/22/2012 05:02 pm ET

Cyndi Lauper: Don't Say A Woman Looks Too Old And Then Call Her A Cougar

Cyndi Lauper still wants girls to have fun - but she'd like for women to be able to do the same.

Speaking the night before her 59th birthday at a Kiehl's event in honor of Pride Week, New York's annual gay pride celebration, Lauper said the expectations and contraditcions that older female performers face are troubling. "You can't turn around and say oh, she looks so old and then say what's she doing, she's a cougar," Lauper said when asked about the criticism 53-year-old Madonna faced for exposing her breast at a recent concert.

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