It is rather ironic that I have spent much of the night (now into the wee hours of the morning) reading great articles on The Feministing while listening to Lady Gaga's song BoysBoysBoys. Ooohhh... Irony! I love this song because they played it at my prom (which was yesterday... will tell you more about it later) and several of my guy friends had choreographed a dance to it which they had practiced for weeks. It was amazing to watch, everyone cleared the dance floor for them (needless to say all their girlfriends, dates, and friends were very proud of them)!
On one hand I love Lady Gaga (and clearly this song) but on the other hand I feel that sometimes she contradicts herself. But then I am reminded, don't we all contradict ourselves once in awhile? Shouldn't I cut her some slack? The lyrics and the way BoysBoysBoys is sung is just so catchy. Yet, at the same time isn't it reinforcing what society is telling us, "we like boys in cars, boys boys boys, buy us drinks in bars, boys boys boys, with hairspray and denim, boys boys boys, we love them!" That we are defined by our gender? That boys ought to like cars and buy girls drinks? It seems to me that both genders, men and women, shouldn't feel pressured into feeling like something is wrong with them if they don't like automobiles or shopping (or whatever else we are told to buy into). Yet, at the same time we need to encourage each other that it is okay to like automobiles if you are girl, or shopping if you are guy (both which are stereotypical for certain genders). Once this happens the idea of gender roles will have been broken down even more. It will lead to greater equality because we will not be defined by our gender but by who we really are. Sorry if this post isn't very comprehensive but in my defense it is two-thirty in the morning! Hopefully I was able to convey some of my point. So what do you think, about Lady Gaga and gender roles?