The New York Times series, The Stone, organized by Simon Critchley, features philosophers writing on timely topics. This week’s essay is by Nancy Bauer, and it is about Lady Gaga feminism. That feminism features the idea that one can both strive to be the perfect object of male lust and, at the same time, a personally powerful woman, with the first enabling or constituting the second. Bauer also uses Beauvoir to articulate how we might construct an alternative.
Bauer’s article has given me the first understanding I’ve had of the supposedly Third Wave feminist idea that wearing 4 inch heels is not just allowed by feminism but positively endorsed by it.
Bauer’s essay discusses the Telephone video features Lady Gaga and Beyonce; it is long, but I think anyone with young women in their classes should read Bauer and view the video. Here’s a shorter series of clips in a behind the scenes video:
There are in fact other good entries in the series which we haven’t covered, including Nancy Sherman on stoicism and the military. The idea, suggested by J.M. Berstein , that tea partyers are involved in a metaphysical mistake evolves into a teaching gem. I loved the readers’ reaction to Singer’s remarking that many of them didn’t understand him – “If we didn’t undertand you, that’s your fault.”