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Lady Gaga’s body revolution let’s everything hang out

by | 25th, September 2012

LADY Gaga wants to talk to you about her weight. On LittleMonsters.com, Lady Gaga wants to inspire a Body Revolution. She wants “To Inspire Bravery” and “BREED some m$therf*cking COMPASSION”. She writes:

 My mother and I created the BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION for one reason: “to inspire bravery.” This profile is an extension of that dream. Be brave and celebrate with us your “perceived flaws,” as society tells us. May we make our flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous.

Lady Gaga is not heinous. She has a lithe, dancer’s body. Although the Daily Mail recently called her “meaty”, a word that pretty much sums up the paper’s view of young women.

Says Gaga:

“Hey Guys its Gaga… Now that the body revolution has begun, be brave and post a photo of you that celebrates your triumph over insecurities.”

The fans love it. The pop star is showing them her flaws and inviting them to do likewise. The problem is that Gaga also seeks to get the body she wants. She has said:

“I have to be on such a strict diet constantly. It’s hard because it’s a quite vigorous show, so I tend to bulk up, get muscular, and I really don’t like that. So I’m trying to find a new balance.”

“Just killed back to back spin classes. Eating a salad dreaming of a cheeseburger  #PopSingersDontEat

So much for “Born This Way”.

The problem is that unless you are a young, fit, white woman like Gaga, the mainstream media will not listen to you; and if you’re not a young, fit, white and thin, the chatterati will just think you’re just bitter. But, then, who cares about the grandstanding if Lady Gaga posing in her skimpies makes some people feel better?

There is top-down obsession with weight. You are not allowed to be. You have to fit. In The Guardian, Elton John said:

“She is frail, and she doesn’t eat when she should do, and she’s a girl, and it’s tougher for a girl.”

For sure. Women are routinely set up to hate other women.

Gaga once said:

“I used to throw up all the time in high school. So I’m not that confident…I wanted to be a skinny little ballerina but I was a voluptuous little Italian girl whose dad had meatballs on the table every night.”

Lady Gaga is 26. The contradictions are clear. But she does not put ideas into heads. She does not promote anorexia. She just showcases what the adolescents and young adults are already thinking and going through.



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