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Lady Gaga vs. Cindy Sherman

Here’s a quote from Nancy Bauer’s opinion piece in the New York Times yesterday, which asks Are Lady Gaga and the women who identify with her confusing sexual power with self-objectification?:

Lady Gaga. Image: ftweekly.com

“There is nobody like Lady Gaga in part because she keeps us guessing about who she, as a woman, really is. She has been praised for using her music and videos to raise this question and to confound the usual exploitative answers provided by “the media.” (Journalist Ann) Powers compares Gaga to the artist Cindy Sherman: both draw our attention to the extent to which being a woman is a matter of artifice, of artful self-presentation. Gaga’s gonzo wigs, her outrageous costumes, and her fondness for dousing herself in what looks like blood, are supposed to complicate what are otherwise conventionally sexualized performances.”

“(Are her videos) an expression of Lady Gaga’s strength as a woman or an exercise in self-objectification? It’s hard to decide.”

Cindy Sherman. Image: deitchman.com

Speaking of Cindy Sherman, I can’t believe I haven’t until now seen her hilarious images done for the fashion house Balenciaga in 2007. Check them out HERE.

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