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.
But, when asked if she's a feminist, she replies, "I'm not a feminist - I, I hail men, I love men. I celebrate American male culture, and beer, and bars and muscle cars..."
Because, yes, young people of the world, feminism = man-hater. Also, beer-hater. Now, if she wants to "hail" them while they stride around in togas and laurel wreaths, well, then, I guess she may indeed have legitimate philosophical differences with the rest of the community. But as Feministing's Vanessa Valenti sagely puts it, "Good on Gaga for making a feminist statement, but bad on her for not owning it as one." Now, I'm not saying Gaga should be regarded as a feminist icon, but it would be nice to see someone in the public eye - with, by the way, obvious feminist views - use her pulpit to correct misconceptions rather than perpetuate them. She's right, though: her sexuality doesn't distract from her music. Her Rainbow Brite wig? Maybe slightly.
Why Lady Gaga, Why? [Feministing]
Lady Gaga Feels Pre-Judged By Norwegian Journalist (09/07/30) [YouTube]