Just a few days ago, I wrote about how recently when former model Elle Macpherson was asked if she was a feminist, she dodged the question and spoke about how “the concept of equal rights” doesn’t quite sit well with her. And then today I saw this interview with Lady Gaga:
Lady Gaga talks about a double standard in the music industry – if a female artist talks about and expresses sexuality in her music, then it’s something that raises eyebrows or criticized as being too raunchy. Meanwhile if a male artist talks about and expresses sexuality in his music, then it’s normal and even celebrated.
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.
Right on – it’s important to highlight these ridiculous double standards. Women are judged for doing certain things that men are not judged for, and vice versa. But then when asked if she was a feminist, she responds:
I’m not a feminist – I, I hail men, I love men. I celebrate American male culture, and beer, and bars and muscle cars.
Ahhh… Way to disappoint, Lady Gaga… Loving men, beer, bars and muscle cars and being a feminist are not mutually exclusive. The stereotype that feminists are man-hating remains pervasive and persistent.
Lady Gaga’s prior statement about the double standard in the music world is a feminist insight because it highlights the gender inequality in one area of life. However, her response to the “are you a feminist” question reflects the false belief that feminism is about man-hating.
Sigh… When are people going to get over that idiotic idea?