You see, if I was a guy, and I was sitting here with a cigarette in my hand, grabbing my crotch and talking about how I make music ’cause I love fast cars and fucking girls, you’d call me a rock star. But when I do it in my music and in my videos, because I’m a female, because I make pop music, you’re judgmental, and you say that it is distracting. I’m just a rock star.
Are you also a feminist?
I’m not a feminist – I, I hail men, I love men. I celebrate American male culture, and beer, and bars and muscle cars…
Okay, whoa, wait, hold up a second here. I may not expect Lady Gaga to speak in terms of sheer genius, but it would be nice if she could at least understand what she’s saying. So feminism means you don’t like men? I’m not even getting into the question of “hail[ing]” them here. Let’s just talk about liking them.
Take just a minute and look up the definition of the word feminism. If you don’t have a dictionary nearby, go ahead and type “define: feminism” in Google. It’s that easy. Go on, I’ll wait.
Now show me a definition out of a legitimate dictionary that doesn’t involve the phrase “equal rights.”
I went to an all-woman’s school on the East Coast where I faced too many smart, capable, dynamic young women who felt the consistent need to qualify their arguments by ending with “Oh, but I’m not a feminist,” as though it were some dirty word, something against which they needed to protect themselves. It’s a common misconception and a downright foolish one.
There are plenty of people out there, who in their endless zeal might display their pride for their sex more aggressively than is called for, and others who seem to take any excuse to pick a fight. It’s true, labeling that behavior feminism gives the rest of us a bad name. But all feminism is is a desire for men and women to be treated as equals, to be given the same rights. That’s not something you can restrict to women alone and it’s certainly nothing you should be ashamed of.
Celebrate “male culture” all you want — and who, by the way, said that beer, bars and muscle cars belong to men alone? — but that doesn’t mean you’re not a feminist. Asking to be treated the same as man? That’s feminism, whether Lady Gaga likes it or not. I’m not saying by any means I’d like to hold her up as some patron saint of the cause or a feminist role model here. It’d just be nice to see someone own the desire for equality as feminism for once, rather than shrinking away at the word.
Check out the statement in its original form here on Youtube.