She Pop: Which Lady Gaga Will You Be For Halloween?

So, Halloween is upon us once again. Or, as I like to call it, "The Night of a Thousand Gagas."

You guys! SO MANY PEOPLE are going to be Lady Gaga! You can find tips on how to be the Gaga of your choice; you can design your own Gaga; a close friend of mine is getting into the spirit by manufacturing multiple Gaga costumes for a Gaga-themed party. 

The appeal of the Gaga costume is undeniable. For one thing, it is easy. It goes (a) blond wig, (b) sunglasses, (c) the most absurd thing you can think of. Do you have a leather jacket? Would you consider wearing it with a swimsuit? Lady Gaga sure would! BLAM, Halloween costume achieved. But then, there's another factor: the fact that the entire "Lady Gaga" concept is, basically, a Halloween costume already. Gaga just wears it all year round. 

 

Lady Gaga's least bizarre outfit ever

 

 

I have devoted many a word, in She Pop, to Gaga. But, for some reason, Halloween gets at the very center of her appeal: the fact that she's just playing dress-up, and knows it. People like to rag on her for being "pretentious" (I will admit, it was more fun to think of her as a "performance artist" before she'd called herself one approximately 1,000,000 times). But, despite her avowed self-seriousness and tendency to overblown rhetoric (her latest tour is apparently going to be "a truly artistic experience that is going to take the form of the
greatest post-apocalyptic house party that you've ever been to," which, OK, I hope there will be some catchy tunes also) the truest, purest thing about her appeal is her willingness to just treat her body and persona as a canvas, and to do the oddest things with them that she can imagine. 

It's tempting to compare Gaga to Madonna (Madonna, for example, seems fond of doing it) because of their similar affinity for roleplay and self-dramatization. But Madonna's roles, although taken on for a purpose, always seemed more fundamentally serious; she played them straight. If she was Marilyn Monroe, then by God, she looked like Marilyn. If she was a vaguely mystical lady who'd found spiritual salvation through (appropriating) Indian culture and/or William Orbit, then she played the part to the hilt. If she was in blackface, then... ew, wow, wait. Madonna did BLACKFACE? RECENTLY? Yikes.

Anyway! Gaga seems different than Madonna, not only because she hasn't done any blackface that we know of, but also because, though they share a commitment to slipping in and out of different personas, hers never seem quite so crushingly serious. Even her "performance artist" schtick has a note of willful absurdity and playfulness to it. The woman is giving away a lock of her hair with special editions of her album; you can't do that with a straight face. 

Women have always been roped into performing other people's fantasies. So have pop stars. What seemed liberating about Madonna, once upon a time, was how easily she slipped into and out of roles, and how she maintained her power no matter what role she found herself in. And, in that sense, she was very much of her time. She came along at a point in feminist history when the quest for purity - the call to divest yourself of all gendered roles, of anything vaguely resembling patriarchal conditioning - had not only caused some serious schisms between women committed to the movement (the radfem v. sex-positive battles being the most obvious example), but had also become exhausting to women who were less involved in feminist organizing, but had nevertheless considered themselves feminist and had seen their lives change as a result of feminist progress. People were realizing that it might not be possible to embody ultimate purity, or to entirely escape the patriarchal paradigm, no matter what attitudes they took toward bras or body hair or lipstick; furthermore, enough progress had been made that some women were genuinely able to consider the lipstick again, not just because it was expected of them (though it was and is expected, albeit to a lesser degree than it once was) but because it looked like fun. Madonna, who was able to imitate pre-feminist Marilyn whilst emanating a distinctly feminist-era defiance, was in some ways a reflection of a time when women had made enough progress to start toying around with the old fantasies in a new way. 

That time is not now, however. The whole Paglia "sex is power" equation lost its luster for many feminists as soon as we saw that, though being "sexy" did in fact give you some social advantages, it never did make you quite as powerful as the men - it still made you reliant upon male approval for whatever power you had, for one, and for another the "power" you got was always subject to being undermined or stripped from you the second someone took it into his head to call you a slut. We still had the consciousness that all the many feminine roles we were asked to choose from were precisely that: roles, acting, artifice, which had no bearing on how smart or strong or capable we actually were. And we still knew that we had the option of toying around with those roles. But the belief that somehow playing the right combination of roles in the right order would save us was pretty well over. 

Enter Gaga: the woman of a thousand increasingly weird faces, all of which she happily admits to creating for herself, and none of which are remotely possible to take seriously. The weirder they get - the weirder she gets - the more she seems to remind us that we are all, ultimately, self-created. And she seems to point to a new way of approaching those roles - not with Madonna's chameleon slippage from persona to persona, but by exaggerating them to the point of blatant parody. She's a breath of fresh air because we're used to pop stars who look ridiculous - or celebrities who look ridiculous, or ridiculous feminine "ideals" and roles in general - but we're not used to people who so clearly know they're being ridiculous even as they're doing it, and for whom the goal is taking the inherent absurdity of being a "sex symbol" or an "icon" or any sort of ideal to a new level of goofiness. OK, we may be trapped in this; we may never be able to fully see outside of culture; we may always be presented with a selection of extremely limited feminine roles from which to choose, Lady Gaga's persona seems to be saying. But do we really have to take them so freaking seriously? Look: I am basically wearing a gyroscope right now. I defy you to figure out this nonsense. 

And, for this precise reason, I am entirely in favor of the Lady Gaga Halloween costume epidemic. "Lady Gaga" just means dress-up; it's a persona that consistently points to its own fakeness. Underneath it, she could be anybody. And I'd even say - at the risk of Taking It Too Seriously, which I am known to do - it's a statement on the silliness and limitations of the roles we all take on every day. So, given that Lady Gaga could be anyone, is it any wonder that so many people are - for a night, at least - going to be her? 

 

 

 

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Under a rock

Have I been living under a rock that I don't know who Lady Gaga is? I don't think that I have ever listened to one of her songs nor seen her videos. Can't say that I feel that I am missing out, though...

You Don't Know What You're Missing

You don't know what you're missing It's definitely worth taking a quick look and listen. You might be pleasantly surprised if you check Lady Gaga out for free on her site's blog at http://www.ladygaga.com/blog/

Yes, Lets Enjoy The Panty Displays

It seems Lady Gaga seems to love being out in public in her panties, or at least that gets reported in the media a lot. I read in a Halloween Costume blog post comment that Sissy Panty Buns thought about going in a french maids outfit with the back of his mini dress caught up in his apron strings. The Lady Gaga costume would save some trouble. Why bother with the skirt or dress at all? A blond wig a few plastic items pinned on his blouse, and his granny panties would suffice. I should suggest that to him in the blog comment section of his panties-modeled-back-view category. Actually I love Lady Gaga (and humor too).

Where Do You Find a Lady Gaga Blouse?

Thanks for your comment. Thank you. I don't know if I'm brave enough for just the blouse and panties the way Lady Gaga does without something to cover me in the front, like maybe a Bitch Apron? I like the Kermit the Frog blouse Lady Gaga wore once (attempt at image address) http://myimages.bravenet.com/108/876/177/1/lady-gaga-the-muppet_444x355.jpg but I think that would be awfully expensive. If I got a blouse that expensive then I'd feel I had to wear it some other times to make it worth it. Can you imagine wearing a blouse like that when it's not Halloween if you're not Lady Gaga? I'm looking to see if there are photos of Lady Gaga wearing something similar to any of the parts of the outfit I wore when I was out on Halloween in full drag in 1988 so I could re-use some of it (I'm cheap, There's a long post with photos and bad behavior on the post I did on my Halloweens in full drag). How much do wigs cost now? Do they have decent Lady Gaga Wigs? Are they sold out? I'm running out of time and would hate to try dying my wig blonde and then try tying the hair in that bow on the top. I like some of the ideas in the comments to this post scrolling further down. That marshmallow idea sounds fun and far less risque.

I don't know much about Lady

I don't know much about Lady Gaga as an artist/pop icon (I am old and cranky), but your description of how she subverts gender roles by embodying them with a twinkle in the eye, so to speak, is making my feminist theory sense tingle. Irigaray anyone? In 'The Speculum of the Other Woman' she argues that women can employ 'strategic essentialism' as a tool of liberation/self-definition, reflecting male fantasies back in a corrupted or parodic form (in contrast to the faithful reproductions desired by men), demonstrating that, despite male desires to the contrary, women can never be reduced to the flat mirror, the innocently reflective guarantor of male supremacy. While a lot of people attempt aggressively, unsuitably literal readings of her texts then rag on her for her ludicrous-when-read-literally statements about the 'speed of dark' (the patriarchally suppressed alternative to the speed of light) etc, I think a lot of what she says, when read in a more metaphorical, allusive way, is highly applicable to contemporary feminism and questions of whether one can construct a non- or anti-patriarchal identity etc, more so than a lot of other writers at the time.

Cogitative Prowess

Wow, Katherine! What cogent, well articulated insights and analysis of what Lady Gaga has said. Your comment is insightful and demonstrates significant cogitative prowess. Did you have any comments on actually dressing as Lady Gaga for Halloween? Would that be a mimicking of her strategic essentialist reflection of 'male fantasies back in a corrupted or parodic form' (a double reflection) ?

sweet connection between

sweet connection between irigaray and contemporary feminism. looking at lady gaga - and company - i feel like they are almost mocking femininity as drag kings do masculinity. i love theory! thanks for sharing

Wow, SPB, that was kind of

Wow, SPB, that was kind of an unnecessarily snippy response (is Bitch always like this? I'm a devoted Tiger Beatdown fan who followed Sady over here). Given that Bitch is supposed to be a '*feminist* response to pop culture' and given that Sady's article was actually *about* how Lady Gaga and Madonna are subversive because of their parodic adoption and shedding of different sexual personas I thought my comment was reasonably pertinent. What's with the disdain for theory?

Just a note

I don't think she meant to be snippy at all, actually. I think she was just saying that you brought in an interesting point, and was asking for you to elaborate.

I liked your comment and

I liked your comment and thought it was relevant to Sady's post. But it was over my head, as I haven't read any Irigaray, which I'll have to put on my growing to-do list.

I haven't dressed up for Halloween in forever, but I like the trend of making funny "sexy" costumes, which is to take something that's not remotely sexy and sex it up with a mini skirt and high heels. Sexy pope, sexy mustard bottle, sexy predatory mortgage lender ... It's another creative way of using parody to subvert enforced gender performance. Someone suggested a sexy balloon boy costume, which would be something like a silver lame mini skirt and tube top.

sexy..

Sexy Stay-Puft Marshmallow!!!!

That's the Spirit!

And Sexy Vigo the Carpathian!

That Would Be Cute And Funny

Your costume idea sounds like it would be cute and funny. I should have re-read the beginning of the post again carefully before responding to SadieT's comment. There has to be something easier. I think I may have some really outrageous iridescent ruffled blouses and skirts from the 1970's. Time to rummage in the attic.

Pretty much all comment

Pretty much all comment threads on feminist websites outside of Tigerbeatdown and a few others have an unfortunately high degree of mean spirited-ness. I wouldn't take it personally.

Reading it, I can't tell if

Reading it, I can't tell if he meant to be sarcastic or sincere (and for the record, I found your comment relevant and original.) In any case, no, I don't think Bitch-ers tend to be snippy...though I've not actually made a tally, so hopefully it's not just wishful thinking. Most the nasty comments I've read have been against the posters, with antifeminist viewpoints from people who seem to have stumbled onto the given article. (Note, I did say "most," and I'm not in need of examples otherwise.)

First of all, I love love

First of all, I love love love love Lady Gaga for the reasons you outlined in this article, and secondly I'm being a Disco Queen for halloween, inspired by Gaga. I'm thinking of buying a purple long wig with bangs, so it'll be a little Gaga, a little me, a little retro. And I have killer gold platforms. Woot woot!

It's too true

I can't wait to see all the Lady Gaga costumes this Halloween. I am going to give the best one I see a prize. (Spoiler alert: the prize is a pair of pants).

Love The Lady Gaga Halloween Post and Comments

Tati was correct in that my prior comment was intended to convey that I thought Katherine's comment was interesting, but I'm a he, not a she. I was hoping she might share some additional thoughts on one post subject of dressing up as Lady Gaga for Halloween. Right at the beginning of the song entitled: 'Don't Dream It', Be it' in the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dr. Frankenfurter (played by Tim Curry) sings: 'Whatever happened to Fay Wray? That beautiful satin draped frame. As it clung to her thigh, How I started to cry, 'Cause I wanted to be dressed just the same.' That's a sentiment that struck me and some time ago I used to go out in drag on Halloween. I bought the soundtrack album to the movie Rocky Horror and saw it in person 11 times. On the subject of possibly dressing as Lady Gaga on Halloween, I do like the idea of an excuse to have my panties show as they do in photos on my site. I am an unofficial Lady Gaga fan. On the subject of Lady Gaga's messages, I loved the one she sent_loud_and_clear at the Gay Rights Rally at the National Equity March. (I saw it posted over at Grace The Spot). I noted in that video clip, at that rally she was wearing pants. Sex may not equal power, but it can be be used in a powerful way by the ones being watched. I wonder how much more media attention and air time lady Gaga's short speech would have gotten had she been standing there in her panties instead of wearing pants? Madonna and Lady Gaga both still rock. Sorry if I seemed snippy. I meant to be sincere. I love a good laugh, on occasion try to be funny and enjoy reading a thought provoking discussion, so I really liked this post and the comments a lot, Sady. I'm guessing that figurative gyroscope wearing was a case of trying to be extremely level headed, or at least not totally disoriented. I like your Halloween multiple Lady Gaga idea and the thought provocation.

But what about the content

But what about the content of her songs? Was I the only one banging my head against the wall when I heard her first single, "Just Dance"?
In the chorus she sings
"I love this record baby, but I can't see straight anymore.
Keep it cool what's the name of this club?
I can't remember but it's alright, alright."

after singing in the first verse that she's already so gonzo she lost her keys and phone.
BUT! the chorus continues, "Just dance. Gonna be okay."
Yeah, gonna be okay until creepy Akon prowling the club chimes in:

"When I come through on the dance floor checkin out that catalogue.
Can't believe my eyes so many women without a flaw....
I'ma hit it, I'ma hit it and flex until tomorr' yeah.
Shorty I can see that you got so much energy
The way you twirling up them hips round and round
There's no reason, I know why you can't leave here with me
In the meantime stand, let me watch you break it down."

Soo... Gaga is so wasted at the club, she has no idea where she is or what's going on, and she's going to deal with it by dancing. Cue Akon seeing why there's no reason she couldn't leave with him - after determining she's the hottest in that 'catalogue' of women to be acquired in the club - so he's just gonna watch her dance before he swoops in.

Fine, if we're grown enough to know what's being frankly talked about here - excessive drinking, club pick ups; then its possible to read into the song an inkling of satire of the club scene. But as a 'popstar' her music is mass-produced, so the 10-year-old girl guides in my unit are also singing along to this song, and taking the lyrics quite literally. I don't see anything feminist about the music she produces, which is the main function of her stardom. So how can you endorse her as a costume for all, without taking into account what she fully embodies?

Is there any such thing as feminist music?

And that's the remixed version of the song. And it's about not worrying about not being able to find your keys or wondering why your shirt is inside out because the music is just awesome so you just dance. So she's not allowed to sing about being drunk at a club because it's pop music and maybe 10-year-olds listen to it? She can't be herself now? She has to edit her songs because kids might listen? I don't get it. And what I also don't get is that Taylor Swift is also criticized, and she's on the opposite end of the spectrum. So I guess it's always going to be a catch-22, isn't it? On the one hand, Gaga is criticized for writing a song about being drunk at a club, saying it's not feminist, and on the opposite hand, we have Taylor Swift, who also writes her own music, who is criticized in another blog post for not being "womanly" enough or writing songs that are too innocent for her 19-year-old self. Or for being "too virginal." I don't get it. It's as if it's impossible for a female musician to be herself and not be criticized for it.

And do you honestly think that 10-year-olds know what the song is about? C'mon. I listened to Alanis Morsette when I was 11 or 12, and her CD Jagged Little Pill has lyrics about a man cheating on her and she asks him if he's thinking of her when he fucks the woman he's cheating on her with. Is that feminist? Is Alanis Morsette a bad feminist because her music reached the younger crowd? Are you going to criticize every single musician as well?

I guess I just don't understand what qualifies as "feminist" music. Gaga writes all of her own songs, based on her own experiences, just because the content might be about being wasted at a club and not caring because the music is so great so you just dance.

So I have to ask, if you don't see anything feminist in Gaga's music, whose music IS feminist? Because apparently Bitch can't find it anywhere.

Uh, Sady just wrote about Lily Allen's feminism the other day.

Scroll down a little. You might also take a listen to Ani Di Franco, Beth Ditto, or Courtney Love, just to name a few.

Courtney Love? Are you

Courtney Love? Are you serious? The woman is a trainwreck who is addicted to drugs and alcohol and who still trashes hotel rooms. When was the last time she made any decent music? Lily Allen as well? When was the last time I ever heard her on the radio? The same Lily Allen who is also apparently a drug addict and an alcoholic, who hangs outside on her hotel balconies naked?

How are they feminist?

And I'll ask again what is the qualifier to be a feminist musician?

Dreaded unladylikeness!

Being addicted to substances doesn't make you not a feminist.

No but I consider feminists

No but I consider feminists to be role models, women who girls can look up to. Trashing hotel rooms, flaunting your addiction problems, flashing your breasts and vulva everywhere aren't behaviors conducive to being a great feminist role model for young girls. You can do great things for women and still be a decent human being.

You Need Theory, Stat!

Feminism isn't defined by decorum. And having a substance abuse issue or a nipple slip doesn't define whether somebody is a "decent human being." Trashing hotel rooms is a dick move though. So why don't you get on Liam Gallagher's case about it.

Because I don't give a fuck

Because I don't give a fuck about Liam Gallagher?

You missed my point, and I'm frustrated I have to spell it out. To me, feminists are supposed to be role models, that's also what makes them a feminist, is that they represent women in a powerful and positive light.

And yes, anyone who goes out in Hollywood and flashes their genitals is not a decent human being, men and women included.

Your idea of a role model,

Your idea of a role model, from what I can gather from your posts, is that women stay in their place as wholesome, virginal objects who do what they're told and don't talk back. Go ahead and say I'm criticizing you and Taylor Swift for staying virgins for a long time, since that seems to be your go-to argument. Another thing I love that you do is rag on other commenters for "putting words in your mouth" and using anything except verbatim to describe or repeat your arguments. As if anything except direct quotes is completely inaccurate. No. No no no. People are reading your arguments, evaluating your points, and repeating them in their own words, often to point out flaws with your reasoning, which I wish you'd pay more attention to. Kind of ironic considering people are just reiterating your arguments in different words, while you actually take people's points and twist them into something they actually never were so that you can be offended.

Shocked.

I don't know what to unpack first here: your conviction that a singer can't be a feminist unless you, personally, constantly "hear her on the radio" or your conflation of being "a drug addict and an alcoholic [or so you heard in a tabloid or rumor]" with not being "a decent person." Please think about what you're saying and the sorts of judgments it implies.

"How are they feminist? What is the qualifier to be a feminist musician?" Well, woman-positive music. Unfortunately, you seem to be convinced that not only do other musician's personally written lyrics not matter; they simply don't exist. By refusing to acknowledge that Lily Allen, Courtney Love and other less-than-100%-mainstream women still make music, you're denying yourself access to artwork that lots of feminists appreciate.

While the thread about Lady Gaga's first single quickly devolved into accusations of refusing to let her "be herself," I think it's worth saying that the point was that Akon's remixed verse, full of predatory thoughts toward drunk girls, was problematic. You see?

And, really, when it comes to Taylor Swift...someone, awhile ago, expressed an opinion that was not yours. That's all.

Judgments and misquotations

Judgments and misquotations abound!

"your conviction that a singer can't be a feminist unless you, personally, constantly "hear her on the radio""

Never said that.

"your conflation of being "a drug addict and an alcoholic [or so you heard in a tabloid or rumor]" with not being "a decent person.""

People who are drug addicts and who flash their genitals around are not decent people. Period.

"Well, woman-positive music."

And did you even think to consider ALL of Lady Gaga's catalogue, or are you just focusing on ONE song because of ONE set of lyrics in it and deeming her not feminist because of it? It's not as if every single one of Courtney Love's songs is all that feminist.

"By refusing to acknowledge that Lily Allen, Courtney Love and other less-than-100%-mainstream women still make music, you're denying yourself access to artwork that lots of feminists appreciate."

LOL I used to listen to Courtney Love in high school, I am very familiar with her music. And it fucking sucks. Lily Allen I couldn't give a crap about, she's not that great of a singer and she's a fucking trainwreck.

I don't need to listen to only feminist musicians to be a feminist, nor do I need to support female musicians in order to be a feminist.

"While the thread about Lady Gaga's first single quickly devolved into accusations of refusing to let her "be herself," I think it's worth saying that the point was that Akon's remixed verse, full of predatory thoughts toward drunk girls, was problematic. You see?"

And did Lady Gaga write those lyrics? As far as I know, she didn't.

One thing I have sadly noticed about this blog is that assumptions are always abound, and everyone is so fucking quick to judge based on an ASSUMPTION without doing any kind of research whatsoever, and it's very frustrating because I normally respect this magazine, but I feel I can't anymore because everyone always assumes and then attacks and criticizes based on those assumptions.

I ate a blueberry muffin this morning. Is that feminist?

OMG people are still messed up over that Taylor Swift post?
I think Alanis Morisette has said she's a feminist. And I think 'Jagged Little Pill' was her breakout project to cross over from child stardom and reach a broader audience. Appealing to a younger audience doesn't preclude feminism though. Why would it? Tween and teenage girls need feminism as much as anybody, if not more. And the "are you thinking of me when you f--k her" line in 'You Ought to Know" - I don't know if the line itself was specifically feminist, but a raw and angry female perspective on a painful breakup was a new and ballsy thing at the time, so that was pretty feminist.
Anyway, what's the question?

You missed my point. Alanis

You missed my point.

Alanis Morsette was and is a feminist and her lyrics were and still are controversial. So are Lady Gaga's lyrics. On one hand, you have 10-12-year-olds listening to Alanis Morsette, and on the other hand, you have 10-12-year-olds listening to Lady Gaga's lyrics, both controversial. Why complain about them listening to one but not the other? Is it OK for them to listen to Morsette because she's considered a feminist? Lady Gaga's Poker Face is a pretty ballsy perspective about female bisexuality. Yet it's bad when little girls listen to it.

It's a double standard.

Who's complaining?

I don't see anyone here complaining about kids listening to Gaga or to Morisette.

Danielle's comment was. My

Danielle's comment was. My comment about Morsette was that the lyrics in her songs were questionable, yet she's considered a feminist musician so there is no complaint. But Gaga isn't allowed to write a sing about being drunk in a club because kids might listen to it?

Definitions of Feminist

I think it all comes down to the way each person defines feminism. If feminism simply means true equality for both women and men in private, public, financial, educational (etc, etc) spheres, than I don't see how a song about being drunk at a club makes you non-feminist. The idea seems kind of ludicrous. However, if feminist means that everything you do, think, say and sing must reflect moving forward the feminist movement and gaining respect and rights for women, well . . . what human being can possibly do that?? Even Ani lost a bunch of fans when she hooked up with dudes. No artist is gonna please all people all the time. Look at how much discord exists on this site alone. Some people might think Taylor Swift is the Best Role Model Ever for teenage girls, while others might think Lady GaGa better suited. And all those people may be feminists. And Taylor and GaGa may consider themselves feminists as well. Really, this idea that a feminist must look/act/talk in one very specific way is . . . concerning.

Obviously there are lines to be drawn. A woman singing about putting her man's needs before her, because he is way more important, is clearly not a feminist perspective. But a woman getting drunk at a bar? A woman talking angrily about her ex? How are these things defined in terms of feminism? One might argue, in terms of GaGa's Just Dance, that, because a man can get drunk at a bar and not have to worry about how he's behaving, a woman doing the same IS, in and of itself, a feminist statement. Someone else could argue that the fact that GaGa feels able to get wasted and dance, without showing any obvious fear of being taken advantage of by a creepazoid, is a reflection of a world where sexual assault doesn't have to be at the back of every woman's mind when she's enjoying herself at a club. Of course, the song may just be exactly what it sounds like, but maybe not. How many people, upon hearing Just Dance, started to feel like, uh . . . someone's gonna be assaulted at the end of this. And maybe that's exactly how we were supposed to feel. Maybe the purpose of the song is to bring to light the fact that women don't feel comfortable getting wasted at a bar because they can't count on other human beings to not assault them. It's something to consider.

Just Dance, in a vacuum, might seem a silly homage to getting wasted in a bar. But taking into account the things that followed: the idea that sexuality is a combination of what we do and what we think, inherent in Poker Face; the issues of stalking and sexual violence in the lyrics and the video for Paparazzi; and the altogether unheard of pronouncements made in Love Game, in which GaGa states, openly and without shame, that her sexual desire exists for her alone, and she may engage in activity with whomever she pleases, for her pleasure, because it's what she wants, and it doesn't have to be about love unless she wants it to be; make for an interesting bundle of threads which, woven together, create a tapestry that appears to be wholly and reverently feminist.

Not to add more noise to the

Not to add more noise to the conversation, I just wanted to tell you I am legitimately LOLing at the title of your post and can't seem to stop. Thanks for that, and your valid points.

Sobriety, Satire, Feminism, Lyrics, and Lady Gaga

That's consistent with being controversial. I am over two decades sober but not preachy about it. As a former band member (back when I still drank) I know what it feels like to act the part out while singing it or sometimes to be it for real. It's part of the performance, just like the singer in Tommy Tutone who acts crazy while singing the line in the misogynistic song 867-5309 Jenny that goes: 'I tried to call you before but I lost my name' ; or acting a little scared while singing 'Stage Fright by Big Pink (The Band), or acting in love while singing the Bee-Gees song 'To Love Somebody'. Sure, I got plastered and messed up a song or two. That wasn't wasn't good and I learned from it. The gigs were in bars. We should not be dumbing down or censoring performers or content trying to make the whole world okay for ten year olds. Screw that. Adults have a right to free expression, listening and experience. A better Idea might be having Amy Winehouse on as an encore. The parents of ten year olds should have told them of these things by now anyway. I don't think those lyrics are so bad. I was pretty sheltered and still heard kids singing a lot worse when I was a kid, and wish I had been less sheltered. I didn't know what sex was until after I'd had it when I was nineteen. Even though espousing or believing in feminist causes does not rule out drinking and clubbing it seems to me that's a great area for satire. Music would be pretty boring if song lyrics had to pass a kiddy test. The default settings for everything, including Lady Gaga, should be unfiltered. I don't have children and shouldn't pay the price for people who do. Lets let the parents pay for their own bubbles of censored alternative unreality and leave real world unreality for us to enjoy.

I agree, and we shouldn't

I agree, and we shouldn't blame artists for children being exposed to their music.

We should be placing the blame on parents who allow their children to listen to their music. Frankly, I wouldn't mind if my (non-existent) daughter listened to Lady Gaga, or Alanis Morsette for that matter. My mom liked Morsette and I don't think she knew how many swear words were in the album, but I was a good kid and didn't repeat it.

Why should Lady Gaga censor herself?

Lady Gaga Gyroscope (oops) Comment Self Correction

Correcting my last comment: That plastic gyroscope outfit Lady Gaga wore (LITERALLY) during one of her her Saturday Night Live performances WAS pretty ridiculously and outrageously funny. I've been cruising the internet looking at all the outfits. The original post's point was a good one. I think she likes being more than a little outrageous, and so does Madonna. There's still a video up on You Tube Lady Gaga's performance in the gyroscope outfit at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lW41AGx09P8 and the same clip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmzK63A3t6c (at least for the moment) including her piano playing and singing of 'Poker Face' while trying to wear that ridiculous plastic gyroscope. There was that funny singing and catfight skit Madonna with Lady Gaga both in lingerie on that SNL show. It's at (for the moment) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcoJ9sJss18 that pretty much made your point even though it was done for the humor. I'd love to see Madonna and Lady Gaga do an album and tour together. Yeah, I think your post's points were well made. I love watching and listening anyway and hope adults go gaga with the Lady Gaga Halloween costumes. I wonder what the REAL Madonna and Lady Gaga will be doing and wearing on Halloween.

A woman with thousands

A woman with thousands faces...that's true. I wonder how much had she already invested into her clothes? Any ideas?