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Madonna defended herself against backlash this week after releasing a graphic series of nonfunigble tokens that feature a depiction of her nude body, saying the project shows her doing “what women have been doing since the beginning of time, which is giving birth.”

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The series of three NFTs are a collaboration between the 63-year-old singer and wildly-popular digital artist Michael Winkelmann, better known as Beeple, the creator of an NFT that sold for an unprecedented $69.3 million at Christie’s last year and helped kick off the digital collectible craze.

However, the graphic nature of the NFTs–which depicts a three-dimensional, full-frontal view of her vagina as it gives birth to a tree, butterflies and even robot insects–raised eyebrows online after the announcement, with one tabloid labeling the work as “a filthy attention grab” while users involved in the cryptocurrency space targeted Madonna with misogynistic messagesaccording to Fortune magazine.

In a recent Twitter Space interview with Winkelmann, Madonna acknowledged viewers might be “weirded out”–adding that “not often does a robot centipede crawl out of my vagina,”–but said that each NFT is “is essentially me giving birth,” which women have been doing “since the beginning of time.”

Proceeds from the auction, which ends Friday, will go to nonprofits that help support women and children, Madonna said, including the Voices of Children Foundation, which helps those who are living in refugee camps amid displacement from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

On Thursday afternoon, the highest bids on the three NFTs were $27,906, $19,835 and $29,753, respectively.