Purple be-wigged and thigh-high booted, Lady Gaga gives an interviewer what-for about the double standard that women artists have to deal with in expressing sexuality as opposed to male rock artists (right around the 1:55 mark):
Lady Gaga: You see, if I was a guy, and I was sitting her with a cigarette in my hand, grabbing my crotch and talking about how I make music ’cause 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 judgmental, and you say that it is distracting. I’m just a rock star.
Then Lady Gaga is asked a question which provokes her into making a lurid display of her ignorance of what the word “feminist” means:
Interviewer: Are you also a feminist?
Lady Gaga: I’m not a feminist – I, I hail men, I love men. I celebrate American male culture, and beer, and bars and muscle cars…
Not only is she showing her ignorance of what the word feminist means, she is articulating the tired and worn cliche of feminists who don’t like (let alone love!) men. For a cutting edge artist, her ideas are surprisingly outdated. Here we have the oxymoron of an avant-garde individual sealing the envelope instead of pushing it — as far as equality goes anyway.
But where did she get the idea that feminists don’t like beer, bars and muscle cars? Is there some special stratum of man-beer-bar-and-car hating feminists that LG has been exposed to repeatedly thus leading to her erroneous conclusions about feminists in general?
Look it up Lady Gaga
There are many different ideologies of feminism: Socialist Feminism, Radical Feminism, Liberal Feminism, Black Feminism, Post-colonial Feminism and Third World Feminism, to name just a few (here is a link to a quick overview page for those listed).
What ties them all together though, what really defines a feminist, is the underlying belief that men and women should have equal respect and equal rights (Five dictionaries with the definition of feminism).
So Lady Gaga, are you telling us that you do not believe that men and women should have equal rights? It sounds like you want equal rights to be as sexual in your music and your videos as your male counterparts. I would call that a desire for equality in your workplace. Don’t you want that for the rest of us women too?
Facing Feminism: Feminists I Know
To see some of the many faces of feminism and what feminism means to feminists from around the world, from various age groups and backgrounds, check out the Facing Feminism: Feminist I Know project.