“I’m not a feminist - I, I hail men, I love men. I celebrate American male culture, and beer, and bars and muscle cars…” -Lady Gaga
She dresses not in ‘drag’, (because that would be a dykey thing to do,) but rather as her male alter ego, who drools at women, grabs their breasts, and generally acts the way no woman wants a man acting. My question is, what happened to Gaga’s anti-violence, born this way, ‘peaceful’ campaign?
To openly admit that as one of the powerful female voices in the world you hardly consider yourself a feminist, and in fact support the “American male Culture” (which has in many female’s mind become synonymous with rape culture) seems contradictory to all her previous preachings. I will leave the “hail” statement alone from serious criticism, only to say that hailing insinuates worship, and worshiping men? how far you have fallen from the powerful female role model Gaga.
It is a shame to see her veering the Jo Calderone experiment away from a chance to make a statement about equal rights, into a (not-so) surprising support for the rapey male ego. The Calderone/Gaga project seems only to further the oppression of the female by confirming the females reliance on the male.
By disassociating herself from the Feminist platform she has not ignited some radical, edgy, anarchist movement, she has instead severely hindered the movement towards true equality, and supported the objectification and sexual handling of women. She has further encouraged the thought in young women that the feminist movement is some insane bra-burning ‘lesbian’ thing, and made it just that much harder for women to say “just because I was born this way, doesn’t mean I want it that way”.
Not that Snooki stands for the greater feminist mean, but this is surprising none-the-less.
the original quote is seen here:
Mind you, I am more concerned with her conflicting understanding of ‘feminism’. The way she purports the idea behind male rockstar vs. female rockstar is inherently feminist. But then she goes to exclaim that her love and ‘hailing’ of the male is what makes her not feminist. As if somehow loving/respecting men and feminism can not be harmonious practices.
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