Lady Gaga’s new brand of feminism is explored in J. Jack Halberstam’s book Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal. The author (who identifies as male but was born female) argues that popular woman singers are sexually assertive following in the path of Madonna. More than being sexually aggressive, Gaga (born 1986) advocates “being yourself.” “Postgender” she portrays a variety of genders (she acts as a man called Jo Calderone) and advocates gay rights.[i] Bisexual, she tweeted, “Justice for the nerds, the disenfranchised + the insecure.” She said her greatest accomplishment was to influence young people “to throw away what society taught them is wrong. Gay culture is the very essence of who I am and I will fight for women and for the gay community until I die.”
[i] J. Jack halberstam, “Lady Gaga Embodies a New Model of Feminism,” October 13, 2012.