Here's all the feminist news on our radar this morning.
• First, the NSA spied on American citizens. Then it spied on French citizens. Then it spied on the Mexican government. How much more ridiculous can this get? [Al Jazeera]
• When "Think Pink" is really more like "Think Profit": The NFL makes a ton of money off selling breast cancer awareness promotional pink merchandise this month, giving only a small slice of profits to the American Cancer Society. [Philly.com]
The forthcoming Kanye West and Lady Gaga tour/collaboration/alliance/bizarro-pop-Voltron makes sense for so many reasons. Primarily: Kanye and Gaga are both famous because they do weird things in public. Do you like their music? Do you not like their music? It doesn't matter! What did you think of the weird thing? Did you think it was weird? Because, if so, they have succeeded! And even I, an earnest unpacker of Meanings for lo these many blog posts now, have to admit that I enjoy Kanye and Gaga primarily because they make Meaning effectively useless.
Ah, the VMAs! Pop spectacle at its finest! If, by "finest," you mean "most spectacularly overhyped and therefore ripe for viewer disappointment." Which is what I mean, actually, so I'm good. And today, in my quest to provide you with the least timely post on the VMAs EVER, I present you with three defining moments. Which is most disappointing? That is for you (by which I mean "me," since I am writing this blog post) to decide!