Summary: In this clip, Lady Gaga explicitly articulates feminist sensibilities, most notably critiquing the sexual double standard that exists for men and women. Yet, when asked by the interviewer whether she is a feminist, Lady Gaga responds, "I'm not a feminist. I hail men. I love men. I celebrate American male culture, and beer, and bars, and muscle cars." Here we see the ways in which feminism is misunderstood and how celebrities (and people in general) distance themselves from claiming feminist identities, even when they agree with feminist ideals and are disadvantaged by patriarchal structures. This clip is useful for initiating a discussion with students about the meaning of feminism and questions around why people might disassociate themselves with feminism.
Submitted By: Valerie Chepp