Lady Gaga Gets Physical

Late last week, Jezebel went on a tear about Lady Gaga’s supposed weight gain and the nasty reaction from the tabloids. At the time, I guessed it was part of the performance-art pop the star tends to peddle to her fans. We lost our goddamn minds when Gaga started walking around without pants and singing about her Poker Face a few years ago. The only thing our culture can’t tolerate more than a weirdo pop star is when a woman who isn’t a size 0 puts on a revealing outfit and cavorts like it’s not a big deal. Great fodder for an artist who’s about to go on tour.

Today, Gaga took to her own social networking site with pictures of her in her underwear to inspire her fans to accept their flaws and share that oogy stuff that lives in their brains on the Internet for some mass catharsis.

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.

I had a series of reactions. They came roughly in this order.

  • Oh, that’s a nice idea. I hope this helps some people.
  • knew she’d find a way to work this into her pop/art/commerce machine.
  • Um. I’d like to be fat like Lady Gaga is fat.
  • Shut up, nasty thoughts. Isn’t that the whole problem? That we judge women (and men too!) on their appearance and weight and not by their behavior? Although it’s a bit of a jump, isn’t it better to command your minions to, “Post a picture of what you see as your fat ass and then forget it. Let it go. And let the fat asses and small boobs of others go and judge these people by how they treat you and others. View your body and their body for what it is: a vessel for our souls as we go through life and if we nourish it—with food and fitness and love—it’ll treat us well.” (The fine folks at Bitch had similar thoughts.)

Good for Gaga for trying. But it’s going to take a lot more than a website and some pop stars posing without clothes to change our social mores.

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