In a recent edition of London’s Sunday Times Magazine, renowned feminist author and social commentator Camille Paglia, known for her love of Madonna’s sexual persona, claims that Lady Gaga isn’t sexy so much as sexually dysfunctional in her image of genderbending pansexuality, going on to say that her artifical eroticism marks “the exhausted end of the sexual revolution” and a death of the sexual symbol. She offers strong opinions on the matter in this extremely candid Op-ed piece.
What do you think? Is Paglia out of line, or does she have a point? Is Lady Gaga her own special creation, or simply a revival or former female performers, repackaged? Is she authentic as an artist, or just a surface-level image? And furthermore, what makes an artist real and what makes an artist fake, particularly regarding their sexuality?
To be sure, Paglia’s piece leaves the reader with larger questions regarding the modern pop star persona and female sexuality, though seemingly fewer answers as to what’s so terribly wrong with one person’s presentation of their sexual self as a performer.
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