Lady Gaga and Feminism: A Critical Debate

Curtis A. Fogel, Andrea Quinlan


Abstract This paper critically explores the work of Lady Gaga through her music videos, debating whether or not she should be perceived as a symbol of female power. With unclear representations of sex, violence, and power in her videos, it is debatable as to whether she is a gendered warrior fighting for the advancement of women or if she is a pop-cultural representation of hyper-sexualized violence against women in the media. Through this debate, it is argued that Lady Gaga fuels a continuing war against women’s bodies by: a) turning violence against women into a commodity, b) normalizing violence, c) dehumanizing herself, and d) generating unrealistic expectations of female empowerment.
Key words: Sex; Violence; Power; Music; Feminism

Cet article explore le travail critique de Lady Gaga à travers ses clips vidéos, de débattre si oui ou non elle doit être perçue comme un symbole du pouvoir féminin. Avec les représentations clair de son sexe, de violence et de puissance dans ses vidéos, il est discutable de savoir si elle est un guerrier sexuée lutte pour la promotion de la femme ou si elle est une représentation pop-culturelle de l'hyper-sexualisées violence contre les femmes dans les médias. Grâce à ce débat, il est soutenu que Lady Gaga carburants d'une guerre permanente contre le corps des femmes par: a) transformer la violence contre les femmes en une marchandise, b) la normalisation de la violence, c) se déshumaniser, et d) générer des attentes irréalistes de l'autonomisation des femmes.
Mots-clés: Sexe; Violence; Pouvoir; Musique; Féminisme


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