GaGa speaks some truth on the Genda AGenda in a recent interview:
“[The gay community] love sexual strong women who speak their mind. You see, if I was a guy, and I was sitting here with a cigarette in my hand grabbing my crotch and talking about how I make music because I love fast cars and fucking girls, you’d call me a rock star. But when I do it in my music and in my videos, because I’m a female, because I make pop music, you’re judgemental, and you say that it is distracting. I’m just a rock star.”
Brilliant. Pop music has long needed a woman to have the balls to stand up and say this kind of thing – indeed, female and male pop stars are not judged by the same scale of morality. Just look at old Britney, had a male pop star been out partying hard, getting high and even shaving their head (although obviously in Britney’s case it was an attempt to shave off her sexuality and there isn’t really a male equivalent as men ain’t sexualised in the same way as us) then they would be labelled a party animal, just one of the boys. But when a girl does it, she crazy. And even Madonna; in her twenties she was writhing around on stage in a body-suit, and although people labelled her mischievous and contravertial, they kept watching because young women are allowed to be too sexy, we’ll only ask for more. But when she does the same thing at 50, the controversy takes on a more condoning, vicious edge, without any good reason. And it goes without saying that noone is asking the likes of Tom Jones to retire because of his age. In my book, fellow fag hags, these women, although they are objectifying their bodies in some way, are doing things in a way that takes a stand for gender equality because they are addressing the gender issues by making us ask questions about what it is to be male, to be female. And all three are not fitting into the box of what is deemed feminine.
But then GaGa kind of skews it. Following on from what she said, she was asked if she considered herself a feminist.
“I’m not a feminist; I hail men, I love men, I celebrate American male culture, beer and bars and muscle cars.”
And here again we have this chauvanistic mantra that feminists hate men. Ugh! So tiring! For one, feminism according to the OED of our generation, Wikipedia, “is a political discourse aimed at equal rights and legal protection for women”. That’s right equal; I think the name is unfortunate as it implies female dominance over men. Feminism is about being the same, on an equal level. Saying a feminist hates men is like saying black rights activists hate whites, or that if you’re pro-gay marriage you hate straight people. It’s ridiculous and hugely oversimplifies the situation; of course there was New Wave feminism in the 60s, which indeed promoted man-free existence for women and saw men as the root problem of sexism, which is in turn a simplification, and not what all feminists associate themselves with. But you might as well say all Muslims have the same views as Al-Quaeda and all whites are in the KKK – New Wave feminism is clearly a minority, extremist view. And tarring all feminists with the same brush is in part a deliberate move by the kind of people who don’t want women to access that kind of political thought, sexist people who hate the idea of strong women, which is exactly what GaGa was talking about in the first place, so it is obvious she is contradicting herself; any woman who fights for their rights, whether they consider themselves feminists or feminism to be some kind of man-hating 1970s relic, is a feminist and Fag Hag whether they like it or not. Rar. Be nice. Peace.