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Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☆ Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal Author J. Jack Halberstam – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk A roadmap to sex and gender for the twenty first century, using Lady Gaga as a symbol for a new kind of feminismWhy are so many women single, so many men resisting marriage, and so many gays and lesbi A roadmap to sex and gender for Sex, Gender, PDF Å the twenty first century, using Lady Gaga as a symbol for a new kind of feminismWhy are so many women single, so many men resisting marriage, and so many gays and lesbians having babies In Gaga Feminism Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal, J Jack Halberstam answers these questions while attempting to make sense of the tectonic cultural shifts that have transformed gender and sexual politics Gaga Feminism: PDF or in the last few decades This colorful landscape is populated by symbols and phenomena as varied as pregnant men, late life lesbians, SpongeBob SquarePants, and queer families So how do we understand the dissonance between these real lived experiences and the heteronormative narratives that dominate popular media We can embrace the chaos With equal parts edge and wit, Halberstam reveals how these symbolic ruptures open a critical space to embrace new ways of conceptualizing sex, Feminism: Sex, Gender, eBook ↠ love, and marriage Using Lady Gaga as a symbol for a new era, Halberstam deftly unpacks what the pop superstar symbolizes, to whom and why The result is a provocative manifesto of creative mayhem, a roadmap to sex and gender for the twenty first century, that holds Lady Gaga as an exemplar of a new kind of feminism that privileges gender and sexual fluidity Part handbook, part guidebook, and part sex manual, Gaga Feminism is the first book to take seriously the collapse of heterosexuality and find signposts in the wreckage to a new and different way of doing sex and gender.


10 thoughts on “Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal

  1. Adrienne Adrienne says:

    In Gaga Feminism, Jack Halberstam tries to present himself as a public intellectual and, frankly, fails miserably This book is at its best when Halberstam presents critiques of the status quo and its pop cultural manifestations, pointing out what s wrong with prevailing conventions around gender and sexuality and what, precisely, is at stake in upholding or challenging them But his presentation of Gaga feminism as a solution to the problems he poses is anemic and unconvincing Not only are t In Gaga Feminism, Jack Halberstam tries to present himself as a public intellectual and, frankly, fails miserably This book is at its best when Halberstam presents critiques of the status quo and its pop cultural manifestations, pointing out what s wrong with prevailing conventions around gender and sexuality and what, precisely, is at stake in upholding or challenging them But his presentation of Gaga feminism as a solution to the problems he poses is anemic and unconvincing Not only are the solutions incommensurate with the problems, but Halberstam s repeated assertion that Lady Gaga is, somehow, the icon for the end of normal even though she s clearly a capitalist in an era that Halberstam alternately describes as striving for or having already achieved a postcapitalist state even though, by Halberstam s own admission, positioning Gaga as a political icon depends on ignoring all of her music and lyrics reads less as an actual political strategy andas a desperate attempt to grab on to some sort of pop culture in order to make Halberstam s analysis seem hip and relevant I cannot, on good conscience, recommend this book to anybody


  2. Nancy Nancy says:

    I like to read books that let me look into the lives of people unlike myself When browsing the Goodreads giveaway list I clicked on Gaga Feminism thinking I might get a peek into some lives very different from my own if I won a copy.I m pretty conventional, a 64 year old white woman who married at 19 and had her first child at 22 I ve been divorced but spent almost all my adult live in a traditional marriage I m still not quite sure what a gaga feminist is but I don t think I am remotely in I like to read books that let me look into the lives of people unlike myself When browsing the Goodreads giveaway list I clicked on Gaga Feminism thinking I might get a peek into some lives very different from my own if I won a copy.I m pretty conventional, a 64 year old white woman who married at 19 and had her first child at 22 I ve been divorced but spent almost all my adult live in a traditional marriage I m still not quite sure what a gaga feminist is but I don t think I am remotely in the ballpark. I got some of what I was looking when I read this book but to get to that I had to read some academic feminist theory discussion that seemed to me to roughly equivalent to arguments about how many angels could dance on the head of a pin And just as uninteresting After that, Halberstam shares anecdotes about people she has met and analyzes a number of popular children s movies and romantic comedies none of which I have seen ultimately concluding that the whole structure of the world should be something different Of course it should, but I can t see that there is any chance for significant positive change through the methods she proposes I m pretty sure this quote near the end sums up the Halberstam s view organizations are an obstacle to organizing ourselves I suppose this sort of baloney makes for interesting sopho discussion groups, but I can t imagine it being used to create an improved world Onegripe This book really should have had an index Maybe Halberstam s beef with organizations extends to having an index, but I sure could have used one to better tie together and understand her arguments


  3. Megan Megan says:

    This book is a good introduction to feminism and anti capitalism, generally Its accessible, which I like, and easily read That said, its very chaotic and all over the place, and I can t agree with several points, such as if you re for gay marriage, you re not radical enough If you re religious, you can t be gaga feminist Halberstam has pretty narrow views on what radicalism or gaga can look like, its made quite clear that it can t be made in marriage or religion or anything tradtionial whats This book is a good introduction to feminism and anti capitalism, generally Its accessible, which I like, and easily read That said, its very chaotic and all over the place, and I can t agree with several points, such as if you re for gay marriage, you re not radical enough If you re religious, you can t be gaga feminist Halberstam has pretty narrow views on what radicalism or gaga can look like, its made quite clear that it can t be made in marriage or religion or anything tradtionial whatsoever, but these points are not well defended For example, Halberstam says rich gays push for gay marriage and poor queers do not get any tax benefit, therefore gay marriage is classist But later states health benefits should just be covered under universal health care, which is true, but still ignores that right there is still a benefit poor queers have to gain Only tax benefits and health benefits are mentioned at all, there is little acknowledgement of how marriage benefits poor queers or poor people in general The arguments are selective, is what I m trying to say In the acknowledgments Halberstam states that the book was written in a frenzy, and I believe it, and also in a response to Occupy and a perceived impending revolutionwhich never came I wonder what this book would be like if writtencarefully andin hindsight of the Occupy Movement instead of riding the initial wave


  4. Anne Holcomb Anne Holcomb says:

    I m officially a fan of J Jack Halberstam and gaga feminism after reading this book This book is not strictly an analysis of Lady Gaga s songs and performances rather, Halberstam uses the idea of Gaga as a touchstone to discuss several other recent cultural trends that point to an increased diversity in the ways that we do gender For inspiration, Halberstam looks to children and their media and the diverse ways that kids can understand gender, and analyzes the plots of current romantic c I m officially a fan of J Jack Halberstam and gaga feminism after reading this book This book is not strictly an analysis of Lady Gaga s songs and performances rather, Halberstam uses the idea of Gaga as a touchstone to discuss several other recent cultural trends that point to an increased diversity in the ways that we do gender For inspiration, Halberstam looks to children and their media and the diverse ways that kids can understand gender, and analyzes the plots of current romantic comedies and bromantic comedies to show how mainstream culture is having difficulty with the breakdown of traditional gender roles Gaga Feminism takes a much different and muchprogressive approach to the end of men than most current writers on this topic Also discussed is the phenomenon of middle aged and older women engaging in same sex dating, either after divorce or after not finding a man Halberstam presents evidence from several studies suggesting that women s sexual orientation isfluid than that of men.For this author, the future of gender lies in the construction and performance of countless gender identities that are outside of our traditional male and female boxes Halberstam also presents a thought provoking argument against same sex marriage, and instead suggests that everyone, queer or not, should abandon the restrictive and exclusionary practice of marriage Finally, there s a footnote that s a love note to the Occupy movement and the revolutions toward government that are happening around the world For Halberstam, a gaga feminist is one who seeks out wild and creative ways to dissolve the status quo Unlike most academic books written by feminist theorists, this book is an easy, fast read that stays away from theoretical language, it s great for readers with no academic background as well as those who are familiar with feminist theory You ll read it quickly, but will find yourself wanting to write down and save many quotes from this bookat least if you are anything like me


  5. Sarah Sarah says:

    Jack H seems to think we are post feminism and he s advocating a leap into a brave new world of deconstructed gender It s not clear why he finds feminism so tedious, he mainly seems to find it dowdy This book is totally entertaining but in his rush to made spongebob squarepants the new icon of feminism he leaves a few issues ignored, like, oh, sexism and misogyny The screed against marriage is entertaining but not new, and he s way over invested in romantic comedies as instructional of gender Jack H seems to think we are post feminism and he s advocating a leap into a brave new world of deconstructed gender It s not clear why he finds feminism so tedious, he mainly seems to find it dowdy This book is totally entertaining but in his rush to made spongebob squarepants the new icon of feminism he leaves a few issues ignored, like, oh, sexism and misogyny The screed against marriage is entertaining but not new, and he s way over invested in romantic comedies as instructional of gender politics Also if I hear oneperson say that rom coms are to women what porn is to men I will surely scream


  6. Katelyn Katelyn says:

    I have been meaning to read this book for awhile, but never got around to it until this month I am so glad that I finally found time It is an easy and fun read, but it covers complex and provocative topics Halberstam points out the disconnect between academic and popular writings on issues of gender and revolution, and attempts to bridge this gap by presenting academic approaches to these issues in an accessible way I thought that this was very successful, and I hope to reference this boo I have been meaning to read this book for awhile, but never got around to it until this month I am so glad that I finally found time It is an easy and fun read, but it covers complex and provocative topics Halberstam points out the disconnect between academic and popular writings on issues of gender and revolution, and attempts to bridge this gap by presenting academic approaches to these issues in an accessible way I thought that this was very successful, and I hope to reference this book in the future as a model for how this can be done One of the goals of my scholarship is for it to be accessible without falling into popular territory, and this is a great example of how that can be accomplished For this reason, I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in an introduction to queer theory as well as those who are already familiar, to whatever extent, with the body of work Although the concept of gaga feminism is a new type of feminism as identified by Halberstam, it is based in a well established grounding of queer theory and Marxism The book also does a great job of incorporating intersections of race and disability in addition to gender and class Ultimately, it tackles several cultural markers of the status quo and subverts them using a number of strategies, including dismantling certain themes in popular culture or pointing to other pop culture phenomena that are already going gaga In this way, gaga feminism is established as a new kind of chaotic movement that challenges the status quo and, therefore, capitalist structures Halberstam, like others have done before, adds to Marxist ideology what has always been sorely lacking gender, race, and all of the other categories of marginalization that Marxism fails to address in its strict focus on class difference.This book does not focus on Lady Gaga Rather, it uses her as a symbol of what gaga feminism can accomplish in the everyday Halberstam points out that Gaga is not always gaga herself By no means does gaga feminism, in its use of the pop star as a symbol, completely line up with her politics The book references Lady Gaga s music, videos, and performance a number of times, with a special focus on the music video for Telephone As a musicologist, I am ecstatic by the significance placed on popular music in this context and the seriousness with which Halberstam examines it and its effects That being said, the focus is almost entirely on Lady Gaga s image and performance, not the music or voice I am conflicted on this I have a problem with the large body of literature dealing with popular music, written by scholars who are not music scholars themselves, that completely neglect the music in this way It s frustrating, but of course, these scholars Halberstam included probably aren t qualified to write authoritatively on music In the case of this book, because Gaga is a reference point rather than a focus, this didn t bother me as much as it normally might.Am I going to subscribe to gaga feminism I want to The final chapter, the manifesto, is compelling I am completely in favor of going gaga and subverting the status quo But is it realistic on an individual level For those of us who have personal goals outside of revolution, how gaga can we realistically go before we end up subverting not only the status quo, but ourselves and our careers This is the struggle And that s the point going gaga should not be easy It is challenging both internally and externally My question is whether or not there are ways of going gaga without going all in Can I operate within the status quo in order to achieve success in my career, and therefore some amount of power, and then from there use that status to go gaga As an academic, Halberstam likely has thought about these questions as well I would be curious to know how he would respond Either way, I hope to incorporate and recognize the presence of chaos in the everyday and allow it to do its work in undermining the powers that be


  7. Christine Christine says:

    I should note that while I admire Lady Gaga for her stand on various issues, in particular the current stand she is making about body type, the only song of hers I really like is Bad Romance.So this book is suppose to be about Gaga Feminism which as far as I cann tell for the 3 4 of the book I read before putting it down is crazy feminist So I am still not extactly sure what it is.Personally, I think Hallberstam should come to my class where my minority students discuss why Beyonce is a succe I should note that while I admire Lady Gaga for her stand on various issues, in particular the current stand she is making about body type, the only song of hers I really like is Bad Romance.So this book is suppose to be about Gaga Feminism which as far as I cann tell for the 3 4 of the book I read before putting it down is crazy feminist So I am still not extactly sure what it is.Personally, I think Hallberstam should come to my class where my minority students discuss why Beyonce is a success but Kelly Rowland, who according to them hassinging talent, isn t I think her discussion of Telephone would carryweight if she actually considered questions like that I do agree, however, that Gaga s using her sexualality makes her un feminist and does anyone find her sexy Talented, yes Committed, yes Sexy.This isn t so much about feminism, but about culture, which would be fine,but the book is rather unfocused and quite frankly needs a better defination After all, according to some people, all feminism is crazy


  8. Kate Kate says:

    Academic J Jack Halberstam writes about gender theory and queer theory in a way that isaccessible in this trade book With changes shaking up the economic and political spheres of our world, changes should also be arising in our views of sexuality, gender, family structure, and marriage, but they seem to be lagging behind Halberstam offers up great examples of a new feminism on the horizon by analyzing contemporary films and news articles from around the world He she also intersperses t Academic J Jack Halberstam writes about gender theory and queer theory in a way that isaccessible in this trade book With changes shaking up the economic and political spheres of our world, changes should also be arising in our views of sexuality, gender, family structure, and marriage, but they seem to be lagging behind Halberstam offers up great examples of a new feminism on the horizon by analyzing contemporary films and news articles from around the world He she also intersperses theory and criticism with personal anecdotes that I especially enjoyed Great for readers lacking a strong background of gender theory or queer theory, it s a great introduction that doesn t dumb down the content Plenty of references to the great theorists of the past couple of centuries come right alongside references to pop culture icons Reviewed from page proofs final book is on sale 9 18 12


  9. Catherine Read Catherine Read says:

    This is a GREAT book A must read on so many levels because it isthan just about feminism It s about gender politics and why we need to rethink some of the institutions and ideas that really aren t working for the vast majority of us I heard about this book in a presentation at GMU by Dean Spade, author of Normal Life who is quoted in this book Gender politics affect all of us and this is a good primer for reorienting our thinking by shifting our paradigm It s hard to see what isn t This is a GREAT book A must read on so many levels because it isthan just about feminism It s about gender politics and why we need to rethink some of the institutions and ideas that really aren t working for the vast majority of us I heard about this book in a presentation at GMU by Dean Spade, author of Normal Life who is quoted in this book Gender politics affect all of us and this is a good primer for reorienting our thinking by shifting our paradigm It s hard to see what isn t there yet especially when the view is blocked by what is familiar and accepted in our minds It has opened my eyes to what our larger goals should be especially when it comes to rights that are conferred simply because of an institutional construction called marriage I highly recommend this


  10. Sarah Sarah says:

    If you re unfamiliar with modern western feminist theory, the first thing to know is that it is generally described as happening in waves Each wave has been characterized by a different component of the same fight gender equality the suffragettes and voting rights in the first wave the radical New Left and civil rights in the second wave and the empowered Grrls and job rights in the third wave But what if gender equality is the wrong fight Or, if nothing else, a misguided one that only s If you re unfamiliar with modern western feminist theory, the first thing to know is that it is generally described as happening in waves Each wave has been characterized by a different component of the same fight gender equality the suffragettes and voting rights in the first wave the radical New Left and civil rights in the second wave and the empowered Grrls and job rights in the third wave But what if gender equality is the wrong fight Or, if nothing else, a misguided one that only serves to further limit and stifle us all In Gaga Feminism, J Jack Halberstam posits a framework for a fourth wave of feminist movement not characterized by a new component of the same old gender equality fight, but by a complete dismantling and re configuration of our aims The fourth wave, then, may be about demolishing the fight itself This means embracing a wild, mold destructing disinhibition and a completely new, yet boldly flexible understanding of our world and how we inhabit it Lady Gaga style This is, if you ask me, a particularly badass notion given the fact that we ve been so desperately clinging to models of being and interacting that have outlived their usefulness in many ways if they were ever truly useful at all In fact, endlessly fighting to expand the tired traditional rigid gender binaries, monogamy, patriarchal marriage in hopes that it will begin to feel inclusive and healthy as opposed to creating an entirely new, imaginative, and fulfilling social framework is arguablydestructive than it is empowering So yeah, this book is refreshing on a lot of levels If you ve ever felt trapped by feminism as we have thus far defined it a little too rigid and traditionally flavored in and of itself, am I right , I m betting you ll find some reprieve in Halberstam s Gaga Feminism This is the permission so many of us have been craving our long overdue green light to finally let go of the prickly conservative labels and institutions that are no longer serving us to be whatever kind of boy girl straight gay polyamorous monogomous non conforming weirdo the Universe is begging us to be It also calls us to contemplate and begin to construct a society in which we welcome and embrace all the flexibility, messiness, and complexity of the human condition Let s all go gaga, shall we


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10 thoughts on “Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal

  1. Adrienne Adrienne says:

    In Gaga Feminism, Jack Halberstam tries to present himself as a public intellectual and, frankly, fails miserably This book is at its best when Halberstam presents critiques of the status quo and its pop cultural manifestations, pointing out what s wrong with prevailing conventions around gender and sexuality and what, precisely, is at stake in upholding or challenging them But his presentation of Gaga feminism as a solution to the problems he poses is anemic and unconvincing Not only are t In Gaga Feminism, Jack Halberstam tries to present himself as a public intellectual and, frankly, fails miserably This book is at its best when Halberstam presents critiques of the status quo and its pop cultural manifestations, pointing out what s wrong with prevailing conventions around gender and sexuality and what, precisely, is at stake in upholding or challenging them But his presentation of Gaga feminism as a solution to the problems he poses is anemic and unconvincing Not only are the solutions incommensurate with the problems, but Halberstam s repeated assertion that Lady Gaga is, somehow, the icon for the end of normal even though she s clearly a capitalist in an era that Halberstam alternately describes as striving for or having already achieved a postcapitalist state even though, by Halberstam s own admission, positioning Gaga as a political icon depends on ignoring all of her music and lyrics reads less as an actual political strategy andas a desperate attempt to grab on to some sort of pop culture in order to make Halberstam s analysis seem hip and relevant I cannot, on good conscience, recommend this book to anybody

  2. Nancy Nancy says:

    I like to read books that let me look into the lives of people unlike myself When browsing the Goodreads giveaway list I clicked on Gaga Feminism thinking I might get a peek into some lives very different from my own if I won a copy.I m pretty conventional, a 64 year old white woman who married at 19 and had her first child at 22 I ve been divorced but spent almost all my adult live in a traditional marriage I m still not quite sure what a gaga feminist is but I don t think I am remotely in I like to read books that let me look into the lives of people unlike myself When browsing the Goodreads giveaway list I clicked on Gaga Feminism thinking I might get a peek into some lives very different from my own if I won a copy.I m pretty conventional, a 64 year old white woman who married at 19 and had her first child at 22 I ve been divorced but spent almost all my adult live in a traditional marriage I m still not quite sure what a gaga feminist is but I don t think I am remotely in the ballpark. I got some of what I was looking when I read this book but to get to that I had to read some academic feminist theory discussion that seemed to me to roughly equivalent to arguments about how many angels could dance on the head of a pin And just as uninteresting After that, Halberstam shares anecdotes about people she has met and analyzes a number of popular children s movies and romantic comedies none of which I have seen ultimately concluding that the whole structure of the world should be something different Of course it should, but I can t see that there is any chance for significant positive change through the methods she proposes I m pretty sure this quote near the end sums up the Halberstam s view organizations are an obstacle to organizing ourselves I suppose this sort of baloney makes for interesting sopho discussion groups, but I can t imagine it being used to create an improved world Onegripe This book really should have had an index Maybe Halberstam s beef with organizations extends to having an index, but I sure could have used one to better tie together and understand her arguments

  3. Megan Megan says:

    This book is a good introduction to feminism and anti capitalism, generally Its accessible, which I like, and easily read That said, its very chaotic and all over the place, and I can t agree with several points, such as if you re for gay marriage, you re not radical enough If you re religious, you can t be gaga feminist Halberstam has pretty narrow views on what radicalism or gaga can look like, its made quite clear that it can t be made in marriage or religion or anything tradtionial whats This book is a good introduction to feminism and anti capitalism, generally Its accessible, which I like, and easily read That said, its very chaotic and all over the place, and I can t agree with several points, such as if you re for gay marriage, you re not radical enough If you re religious, you can t be gaga feminist Halberstam has pretty narrow views on what radicalism or gaga can look like, its made quite clear that it can t be made in marriage or religion or anything tradtionial whatsoever, but these points are not well defended For example, Halberstam says rich gays push for gay marriage and poor queers do not get any tax benefit, therefore gay marriage is classist But later states health benefits should just be covered under universal health care, which is true, but still ignores that right there is still a benefit poor queers have to gain Only tax benefits and health benefits are mentioned at all, there is little acknowledgement of how marriage benefits poor queers or poor people in general The arguments are selective, is what I m trying to say In the acknowledgments Halberstam states that the book was written in a frenzy, and I believe it, and also in a response to Occupy and a perceived impending revolutionwhich never came I wonder what this book would be like if writtencarefully andin hindsight of the Occupy Movement instead of riding the initial wave

  4. Anne Holcomb Anne Holcomb says:

    I m officially a fan of J Jack Halberstam and gaga feminism after reading this book This book is not strictly an analysis of Lady Gaga s songs and performances rather, Halberstam uses the idea of Gaga as a touchstone to discuss several other recent cultural trends that point to an increased diversity in the ways that we do gender For inspiration, Halberstam looks to children and their media and the diverse ways that kids can understand gender, and analyzes the plots of current romantic c I m officially a fan of J Jack Halberstam and gaga feminism after reading this book This book is not strictly an analysis of Lady Gaga s songs and performances rather, Halberstam uses the idea of Gaga as a touchstone to discuss several other recent cultural trends that point to an increased diversity in the ways that we do gender For inspiration, Halberstam looks to children and their media and the diverse ways that kids can understand gender, and analyzes the plots of current romantic comedies and bromantic comedies to show how mainstream culture is having difficulty with the breakdown of traditional gender roles Gaga Feminism takes a much different and muchprogressive approach to the end of men than most current writers on this topic Also discussed is the phenomenon of middle aged and older women engaging in same sex dating, either after divorce or after not finding a man Halberstam presents evidence from several studies suggesting that women s sexual orientation isfluid than that of men.For this author, the future of gender lies in the construction and performance of countless gender identities that are outside of our traditional male and female boxes Halberstam also presents a thought provoking argument against same sex marriage, and instead suggests that everyone, queer or not, should abandon the restrictive and exclusionary practice of marriage Finally, there s a footnote that s a love note to the Occupy movement and the revolutions toward government that are happening around the world For Halberstam, a gaga feminist is one who seeks out wild and creative ways to dissolve the status quo Unlike most academic books written by feminist theorists, this book is an easy, fast read that stays away from theoretical language, it s great for readers with no academic background as well as those who are familiar with feminist theory You ll read it quickly, but will find yourself wanting to write down and save many quotes from this bookat least if you are anything like me

  5. Sarah Sarah says:

    Jack H seems to think we are post feminism and he s advocating a leap into a brave new world of deconstructed gender It s not clear why he finds feminism so tedious, he mainly seems to find it dowdy This book is totally entertaining but in his rush to made spongebob squarepants the new icon of feminism he leaves a few issues ignored, like, oh, sexism and misogyny The screed against marriage is entertaining but not new, and he s way over invested in romantic comedies as instructional of gender Jack H seems to think we are post feminism and he s advocating a leap into a brave new world of deconstructed gender It s not clear why he finds feminism so tedious, he mainly seems to find it dowdy This book is totally entertaining but in his rush to made spongebob squarepants the new icon of feminism he leaves a few issues ignored, like, oh, sexism and misogyny The screed against marriage is entertaining but not new, and he s way over invested in romantic comedies as instructional of gender politics Also if I hear oneperson say that rom coms are to women what porn is to men I will surely scream

  6. Katelyn Katelyn says:

    I have been meaning to read this book for awhile, but never got around to it until this month I am so glad that I finally found time It is an easy and fun read, but it covers complex and provocative topics Halberstam points out the disconnect between academic and popular writings on issues of gender and revolution, and attempts to bridge this gap by presenting academic approaches to these issues in an accessible way I thought that this was very successful, and I hope to reference this boo I have been meaning to read this book for awhile, but never got around to it until this month I am so glad that I finally found time It is an easy and fun read, but it covers complex and provocative topics Halberstam points out the disconnect between academic and popular writings on issues of gender and revolution, and attempts to bridge this gap by presenting academic approaches to these issues in an accessible way I thought that this was very successful, and I hope to reference this book in the future as a model for how this can be done One of the goals of my scholarship is for it to be accessible without falling into popular territory, and this is a great example of how that can be accomplished For this reason, I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in an introduction to queer theory as well as those who are already familiar, to whatever extent, with the body of work Although the concept of gaga feminism is a new type of feminism as identified by Halberstam, it is based in a well established grounding of queer theory and Marxism The book also does a great job of incorporating intersections of race and disability in addition to gender and class Ultimately, it tackles several cultural markers of the status quo and subverts them using a number of strategies, including dismantling certain themes in popular culture or pointing to other pop culture phenomena that are already going gaga In this way, gaga feminism is established as a new kind of chaotic movement that challenges the status quo and, therefore, capitalist structures Halberstam, like others have done before, adds to Marxist ideology what has always been sorely lacking gender, race, and all of the other categories of marginalization that Marxism fails to address in its strict focus on class difference.This book does not focus on Lady Gaga Rather, it uses her as a symbol of what gaga feminism can accomplish in the everyday Halberstam points out that Gaga is not always gaga herself By no means does gaga feminism, in its use of the pop star as a symbol, completely line up with her politics The book references Lady Gaga s music, videos, and performance a number of times, with a special focus on the music video for Telephone As a musicologist, I am ecstatic by the significance placed on popular music in this context and the seriousness with which Halberstam examines it and its effects That being said, the focus is almost entirely on Lady Gaga s image and performance, not the music or voice I am conflicted on this I have a problem with the large body of literature dealing with popular music, written by scholars who are not music scholars themselves, that completely neglect the music in this way It s frustrating, but of course, these scholars Halberstam included probably aren t qualified to write authoritatively on music In the case of this book, because Gaga is a reference point rather than a focus, this didn t bother me as much as it normally might.Am I going to subscribe to gaga feminism I want to The final chapter, the manifesto, is compelling I am completely in favor of going gaga and subverting the status quo But is it realistic on an individual level For those of us who have personal goals outside of revolution, how gaga can we realistically go before we end up subverting not only the status quo, but ourselves and our careers This is the struggle And that s the point going gaga should not be easy It is challenging both internally and externally My question is whether or not there are ways of going gaga without going all in Can I operate within the status quo in order to achieve success in my career, and therefore some amount of power, and then from there use that status to go gaga As an academic, Halberstam likely has thought about these questions as well I would be curious to know how he would respond Either way, I hope to incorporate and recognize the presence of chaos in the everyday and allow it to do its work in undermining the powers that be

  7. Christine Christine says:

    I should note that while I admire Lady Gaga for her stand on various issues, in particular the current stand she is making about body type, the only song of hers I really like is Bad Romance.So this book is suppose to be about Gaga Feminism which as far as I cann tell for the 3 4 of the book I read before putting it down is crazy feminist So I am still not extactly sure what it is.Personally, I think Hallberstam should come to my class where my minority students discuss why Beyonce is a succe I should note that while I admire Lady Gaga for her stand on various issues, in particular the current stand she is making about body type, the only song of hers I really like is Bad Romance.So this book is suppose to be about Gaga Feminism which as far as I cann tell for the 3 4 of the book I read before putting it down is crazy feminist So I am still not extactly sure what it is.Personally, I think Hallberstam should come to my class where my minority students discuss why Beyonce is a success but Kelly Rowland, who according to them hassinging talent, isn t I think her discussion of Telephone would carryweight if she actually considered questions like that I do agree, however, that Gaga s using her sexualality makes her un feminist and does anyone find her sexy Talented, yes Committed, yes Sexy.This isn t so much about feminism, but about culture, which would be fine,but the book is rather unfocused and quite frankly needs a better defination After all, according to some people, all feminism is crazy

  8. Kate Kate says:

    Academic J Jack Halberstam writes about gender theory and queer theory in a way that isaccessible in this trade book With changes shaking up the economic and political spheres of our world, changes should also be arising in our views of sexuality, gender, family structure, and marriage, but they seem to be lagging behind Halberstam offers up great examples of a new feminism on the horizon by analyzing contemporary films and news articles from around the world He she also intersperses t Academic J Jack Halberstam writes about gender theory and queer theory in a way that isaccessible in this trade book With changes shaking up the economic and political spheres of our world, changes should also be arising in our views of sexuality, gender, family structure, and marriage, but they seem to be lagging behind Halberstam offers up great examples of a new feminism on the horizon by analyzing contemporary films and news articles from around the world He she also intersperses theory and criticism with personal anecdotes that I especially enjoyed Great for readers lacking a strong background of gender theory or queer theory, it s a great introduction that doesn t dumb down the content Plenty of references to the great theorists of the past couple of centuries come right alongside references to pop culture icons Reviewed from page proofs final book is on sale 9 18 12

  9. Catherine Read Catherine Read says:

    This is a GREAT book A must read on so many levels because it isthan just about feminism It s about gender politics and why we need to rethink some of the institutions and ideas that really aren t working for the vast majority of us I heard about this book in a presentation at GMU by Dean Spade, author of Normal Life who is quoted in this book Gender politics affect all of us and this is a good primer for reorienting our thinking by shifting our paradigm It s hard to see what isn t This is a GREAT book A must read on so many levels because it isthan just about feminism It s about gender politics and why we need to rethink some of the institutions and ideas that really aren t working for the vast majority of us I heard about this book in a presentation at GMU by Dean Spade, author of Normal Life who is quoted in this book Gender politics affect all of us and this is a good primer for reorienting our thinking by shifting our paradigm It s hard to see what isn t there yet especially when the view is blocked by what is familiar and accepted in our minds It has opened my eyes to what our larger goals should be especially when it comes to rights that are conferred simply because of an institutional construction called marriage I highly recommend this

  10. Sarah Sarah says:

    If you re unfamiliar with modern western feminist theory, the first thing to know is that it is generally described as happening in waves Each wave has been characterized by a different component of the same fight gender equality the suffragettes and voting rights in the first wave the radical New Left and civil rights in the second wave and the empowered Grrls and job rights in the third wave But what if gender equality is the wrong fight Or, if nothing else, a misguided one that only s If you re unfamiliar with modern western feminist theory, the first thing to know is that it is generally described as happening in waves Each wave has been characterized by a different component of the same fight gender equality the suffragettes and voting rights in the first wave the radical New Left and civil rights in the second wave and the empowered Grrls and job rights in the third wave But what if gender equality is the wrong fight Or, if nothing else, a misguided one that only serves to further limit and stifle us all In Gaga Feminism, J Jack Halberstam posits a framework for a fourth wave of feminist movement not characterized by a new component of the same old gender equality fight, but by a complete dismantling and re configuration of our aims The fourth wave, then, may be about demolishing the fight itself This means embracing a wild, mold destructing disinhibition and a completely new, yet boldly flexible understanding of our world and how we inhabit it Lady Gaga style This is, if you ask me, a particularly badass notion given the fact that we ve been so desperately clinging to models of being and interacting that have outlived their usefulness in many ways if they were ever truly useful at all In fact, endlessly fighting to expand the tired traditional rigid gender binaries, monogamy, patriarchal marriage in hopes that it will begin to feel inclusive and healthy as opposed to creating an entirely new, imaginative, and fulfilling social framework is arguablydestructive than it is empowering So yeah, this book is refreshing on a lot of levels If you ve ever felt trapped by feminism as we have thus far defined it a little too rigid and traditionally flavored in and of itself, am I right , I m betting you ll find some reprieve in Halberstam s Gaga Feminism This is the permission so many of us have been craving our long overdue green light to finally let go of the prickly conservative labels and institutions that are no longer serving us to be whatever kind of boy girl straight gay polyamorous monogomous non conforming weirdo the Universe is begging us to be It also calls us to contemplate and begin to construct a society in which we welcome and embrace all the flexibility, messiness, and complexity of the human condition Let s all go gaga, shall we

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