Here’s an excerpt from an article I found online:
Lady Gaga and the death of sex
An erotic breaker of taboos or an asexual copycat? Camille Paglia, America’s foremost cultural critic, demolishes an icon
“…Furthermore, despite showing acres of pallid flesh in the fetish-bondage garb of urban prostitution, Gaga isn’t sexy at all – she’s like a gangly marionette or plasticised android. How could a figure so calculated and artificial, so clinical and strangely antiseptic, so stripped of genuine eroticism have become the icon of her generation? Can it be that Gaga represents the exhausted end of the sexual revolution? In Gaga’s manic miming of persona after persona, over-conceptualised and claustrophobic, we may have reached the limit of an era…”
Here’s the whole article:
And here’s the comment I tried to make on the article:
Sorry – not a big fan of anyone who’s about “demolishing” others.
Critique is one thing, demolishing another.
As far as the “emotionless” label – I’m not an easy “crier” – and yet nearly all of Gaga’s youtube snips move me to tears – especially her singing “Born That Way” with 10 year old Maria onstage in Canada, and her, as herself, on American Idol and in interviews, where – to me – she feels completely sweet and unaffected.
Everyone has their gifts, and she’s using hers and, though she may not be sexy to you – she (to me) is quite fulfilling in the way she is right now.
I look at her and see a young girl not much older than my daughter just starting out, being incredibly successful, touching lots of people, yes, inspiring lots of people, and perhaps developing over time as an artist in new ways.
Let’s see what she does.
Being blessed financially and family-wise doesn’t make you feel any less like a freak if you feel like a freak inside.
In fact – it most often makes it all worse.
Bravo to Gaga for turning it all into something.
Sincerely, Rori Raye
The reason I wanted to post my thoughts on this are that “judging” is so central to most people.
Being a critic makes a living out of it…and it’s a valuable service to us all to help us decide what to pay our money for, what movies to see, and simply find someone out there who feels like we do and get a “heads up.”
I was most interested in the energy behind trying to figure out how Gaga might be about “pretension” rather than authentic – based on her background. I know for sure that what we see in people (and what people see in us when they look at us and even “know us well”) isn’t necessarily the truth of what we feel like inside.
Also – the asexuality of our times as a topic is really front and central here – as men become over-estrogenized through our food and water, and the cultural pressure to be “mechanical” rather than “emotional” pushes us further and further away from ourselves.
Let me know how you feel about all this!
And, yes – I love Lady Gaga.