Once there was a time when Pomona performed The Mikado, now, we are apparently gaga for Gaga. I won't quite date the fall of the Republic to voluptuous vixens on a gyrating jive, but I suspect its a step in that general direction.
I direct you, dear reader, to an advertisement for a Pomona Student Union discussion on the femme fatale that has more Facebook fans than the One. Groan.
Love her or hate her, you know her.
Lady Gaga has been described as everything from “groundbreaking” to “bizarre” and her music frequently takes a backseat to her persona. She identifies herself as a representative for “sexual, strong women who speak their mind" and critiques the typical body-image that women are made to conform to. Yet, she herself embodies this image, with her thin, scantily-clad body and sexually-charged music... videos. As she told journalist Ann Powers, “Me embodying the position that I’m analyzing is the very thing that makes it so powerful.”
Is this power? Or is it self-objectification? Is Lady Gaga redefining sexual dynamics or just examining and championing existing norms? Is Gaga's representation different than previous pop artists or is she just the next step in the evolution of female pop singers? Moreover, what about Gaga has Americans of all genders so enthralled? And what does our fascination with her say about our perceptions of sex and power?
Discussing the (in)famous lady and her legacy will be Pomona professors, Kevin Dettmar, Susan McWilliams, and Kyla Tompkins.
Join the PSU in Edmunds Ballroom at 8pm on Thursday, December 2.
Open to the 5Cs and completely free!