Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Lady Gaga's Body Revolution

Who has heard about Lady Gaga’s weight gain controversy?  If you haven’t read these ridiculous news stories, I will fill you in.  Apparently, Lady Gaga has gained weight.   If you're dumbfounded by the newsworthiness of this, so was I.   You would think we’d be past these issues by now but clearly our society still wastes energy on topics like weight and appearance.  I could have sworn there was some serious stuff happening in Libya and Syria, no?   I guess not.


Fat? I think not.  Many are saying these photos are purposely distorted.  See Gaga's actual body below.

Just read some of the absurd headlines:

The scoop?  Do we really care to know HOW or WHY she gained a few pounds? 

So this is what we’re calling “fat” these days? No wonder teenage girls and women feel “fat” at 120 lbs!

Her reaction to all of this blasting and tabloid gossip was quite interesting.  She started a project on her website, littlemonsters.com, called Body Revolution and posted half naked pictures of herself with the caption “Bulimia and Anorexia since I was 15.”   Fans worldwide have posted photos of themselves along with messages about their personal struggles.  The whole idea is to basically say, screw society’s view of what’s beautiful and let’s feel proud of who we are and how we look.   It is a fight against the notion that skinny bodies, clear skin and high cheekbones are beautiful.

I love this.   I love that someone with serious influence, especially among younger girls and boys, is standing up and fighting back against the criticism surrounding her body.   Notice I said HER body.   She owns it! Nobody else has the right to critique her body.   It saddens me that women are still treated like objects, and that we are judged on our appearance on a daily basis.   Ladies, these are our bodies!   Nobody should be allowed to utter a word about how much we weigh or how pretty we are.   How does our weight affect anybody else in the world?   And why do “they” get to define what beautiful is?   It’s all bullshit (excuse my language).   I will forever find it frustrating.   And sadly, I continually struggle to deal with this world we women are living in.   I have succumb to the pressures.   Heck, I was in a sorority at one point and weight was the primary topic of conversation.   I weighed 15 lbs less than I do now, and I promise you, it was unhealthy and I was the saddest I’ve ever been. 

Lady Gaga herself.

This madness needs to end.   This fat phobia that is so prominent in our society needs to be eradicated.  Girls are literally killing themselves to be thin. 

Of course, with anything that goes against the grain, there comes some criticism.  Bitch Media posted an article questioning whether or not this project is actually resisting beauty standards.
  
From the Bitch Media article, titled Body Revolution: Is Lady Gaga's New Project Resisting Beauty Standards or Reinforcing Them?
 
In the five hours since the page launched, fans have uploaded photos of themselves that display skin conditions, scars, and disease. Accompanying them, however, are comments from Gaga like: "Emily Rose recovering from anorexia. We support your bravery and have compassion for your pain.(and huh gUUrl, you don't need to diet ur FINE AS HELL)," and "My assistant and best friend sonja. Stage 2 breast cancer. just had double partial mastectomy from DD TO C. Yesterday was first day of radiation. Looking good b*tch. She is so brave. Her boobs look even better!!"
I can see how these comments, by Gaga herself, are reinforcing the focus on BEAUTY, the very thing we're trying to get away from.  Maybe her intention is to say that we’re all beautiful regardless of cup size.   But why say, “You don’t need to diet, ur fine as hell?”  Bitch Media asks, what if she wasn’t “fine as hell,” would she then need to diet?   Good question.

I can see both arguments regarding Gaga’s Body Revolution, but overall I find it pretty awesome.   I think Lady Gaga handled the criticism positively and is using it to send a message to millions of people.   I am always pleased when a celebrity uses their status to positively influence others.   I have cheered for Gaga as she stood up for gay rights and "boo"ed her when she wore a meat dress.  Whether you love or hate Lady Gaga (and I am somewhere in between) is irrelevant to the conversation.   This is about something much larger.  

With that said, rock on, Lady Gaga!   Continue to  stick it to the man! 

 

How do you feel about Lady Gaga's Body Revolution?

Do you think our society places too much of a focus on weight and appearance?  

Do you ever succumb to these pressures? 



40 comments:

  1. First, I think it's very cool that you wrote a post about this. I saw this on Jezebel earlier today, and I've been thinking a lot about it.

    Weight and body image are things that I never thought too much about until the past few years. I was always very thin throughout high school and college, but when I turned 26 my metabolism just peaced out seemingly overnight, and I gained a good 25 pounds over the next 2 years. It was the first time in my life that I was really unhappy with how I looked, and I actually cried for like several days in a row when I realized that I was wasn't a "skinny girl" anymore, whatever that really even means. I didn't realize how much value people, including myself, placed on my thinness or how proud I was of it (even though I did literally nothing to earn it; I didn't even work out), and I'm much more aware of that privilege now. I don't think I was ever mean to anyone to their face about their weight, but I would definitely make nasty comments about "fat people" to my friends or in conversation (which is maybe arguably even bitchier). I don't do that anymore; you never know what someone is going through and a person's body is no one's business but their own. Hello, Captain Obvious. I'm starting to lose some of the weight now, but I'm not back to where I was, and I still really struggle with my feelings about "being fat" pretty much every day. I was never more than a size 10... in what world is that FAT? Our society is absurdddd.

    So anyway, I generally find Lady Gaga kind of annoying, but I do think this is a very classy way of handling the whole situation. And I understand the criticism of some of her comments to the posts on her site, but I don't think anyone can question that she's coming from a good place and is at least trying to change people's thinking and attitudes. I think the biggest problem is that she (or anyone) has no way of knowing how someone is going to take a comment. Like saying to someone who has lost weight/is losing weight that they look "really thin" can be taken in an unhealthy way... you might mean that they're too thin, but the person might think "Yes! Awesome! This is working, let me keep doing this even more." Commenting on anyone's body is just a very slippery slope, but like I said, I think it's understood that she's commenting in a way that is meant to be positive and healthy and she's not encouraging or condoning unhealthy behavior or attitudes.

    tl;dr version: love the post, lukewarm on Lady Gaga generally, but like what she's trying to do here.

    Thanks for posting about this, and sorry for such a ridiculous long comment. Obviously, it struck a chord.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I love your ridiculously long comment! I agree about weight comments being a slippery slope. When people used to tell me I was "so skinny" in college, I took it as a compliment. It just added fuel to the fire and I lost even more weight.

      Lady Gaga is definitely an interesting bird, but she is coming from a good place, like you said.

      It is amazing how your perspective changes when you are no longer the "skinny girl." I experienced some of those same feelings. I'm glad your views on weight have evolved. I hope you continue to become comfortable in your own skin and happy with your body.

      Delete
  2. Hi, got here from SUAR. I'm not completely sure who Gaga is, even though some spin buddies like her music. I'm liking that she is at least trying to do something about the issue. I used to be really bad about judging women by appearance, and have learned that how fit she is has nothing to do with however "big" she might be. I thought that "athletic" equalled "lean". There was that Aussie swimmer that was getting hassled about her weight, and this is someone that can out swim nearly everybody on the planet. There was one really big girl in ballroom dancing lessons, and she was as light as a feather on her feet. Being big can be unhealthy, but then, so can being too lean. Or oscillating back and forth.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree! And oftentimes, thin women are viewed as healthy and fit when in fact, they may not even exercise and are surviving off of diet coke and cigarettes. On the flipside, a larger woman may run marathons and compete in triathlons but if you saw her walking down the street, you wouldn't assume she is healthy. It's such a complex issue and I agree with you. I am glad to hear you are coming around and have stopped judging women based on their appearance. :)

      Delete
  3. Glad you posted about this! I think it's crazy what the media and Hollywood call 'fat'. But sadly, I don't think it'll ever change. I feel sorry for Gaga, but I do believe she's handling it well!

    ReplyDelete
  4. It's ridiculous what the media picks up on and wastes their time on reporting. Just let people live their lives already. Anyway, great blog, looking forward to future posts!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Do I live on another planet? This is the first I've heard anything about this. Our country is weird because we definitely have a problem with obesity that is unhealthy and needs to be recognized and dealt with (especially in my part of the country), but then we have this other contingent of people who are obviously not obese but treated like they are. So bizarre.

    ReplyDelete
  6. To finalise, Sunday payday loans are a best suggested financial aid which shows lender’s consciousness for their borrowers. Such kind of loans shows lender’s positive attitude towards borrowers and their needs in every situation and know more about our services please visit us sunday Payday loans.

    http://sundaypaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://12monthloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://weekendpaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://weeklypaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
  7. In nutshell, weekly payday loans are a great option for sudden expenses to a salaried person. The instant nature of these cash options make them more beautiful and know more about our service please visit us our site cash advance 30 day loans.

    http://30dayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://12monthloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://sundaypaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://weekendpaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://weeklypaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://15minutepaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://1monthpaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://instantdecisionloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://3monthloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://3monthpaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://24monthloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://50poundloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
  8. In a nutshell, 3 month loans are most convenient cash aid for you which not only help you to recover your financial injuries but also sustain your good credit record and know more about our serives please visit us our site 3 month loans.

    http://3monthloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://12monthloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://sundaypaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://weekendpaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://weeklypaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://15minutepaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://1monthpaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://instantdecisionloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://3monthpaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://30dayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://24monthloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://50poundloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
  9. To make the long story short, 24 month loans are a unique way to obtain a loan but repay it in easy instalment. Thus, a person has no any burden or stress and can enjoy their life along with these finances and know more about our services please visit us our site... cheap 24 month loans

    http://12monthloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://sundaypaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://weekendpaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://weeklypaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://15minutepaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://1monthpaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://instantdecisionloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://3monthloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://30dayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://3monthpaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://24monthloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://50poundloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
  10. In short, 3 month payday loans are a remedy for all monetary crisis or obstacles for a borrower. By availing such finances, one can easily resolve his major complications and take a step forward in his life.

    Vanessa Paradis teaches the people about how to avail loans and use them. To find 3 month payday loans, 3 month payday loans bad credit, 3 month loans. 90 day loans, payday loans, bad credit loans & no credit check loans UK. you need to visit-

    http://3monthpaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://12monthloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://sundaypaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://weekendpaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://weeklypaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://15minutepaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://1monthpaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://instantdecisionloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://3monthloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://30dayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://3monthpaydayloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/
    http://24monthloans.directlendersuk.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete

  11. No credit check loans with guarantor helps the individual in availing the instant cash for the individual’s mid month fiscal crunch without going through any process of credit check. This is specially meant for the bad credit holders who have the fear of rejection of their applicant because of their bad credit status and know more about our services please visit our site @ no credit check loans uk lender.

    http://nocreditcheckloans.paydayuk1hr.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
  12. poundstillpayday are the perfect option for the individual who are in need of fast fiscal assistance for getting through the situation of emergency anytime and anywhere they want it.

    cash till payday uk
    12 month loans no credit check no guarantor
    installment payday loans
    100 pound loan

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. 1 hour loans no employment verification is fast source of cash for urgency without any credit checks made by the lenders. You can have the cash in the same day. Repay the loan on your next payday or in a month.

      1 hour payday loans no credit check
      6 month installment loans for bad credit
      12 month installment loans
      24 Hour Payday Loans Bad Credit

      Delete
  13. bad credit loans for 12 months has been designed by the banks to help out the bad credit holders who are looking for availing the additional funds require to meet the cash shortage in order to fulfill their fiscal emergency.

    payday loans for 12 months
    24 7 Bad Credit Loans
    1 Year Loans UK
    six month payday loans

    ReplyDelete
  14. If you are one of those people having bad credit history then you must take help from installment loans bad credit in order to overcome your financial crunch and to know more about our services please visit us @ installment loans bad credit no faxing

    payday loans no credit check direct lender
    £100 Payday Advance
    £150 text loans

    ReplyDelete
  15. In summary, 6 month payday loans can be a viable option for you if you follow the guidelines sincerely. Also, must repay on time to make positive changes to your credit score. For more information you need visit : 6 Month Payday Loans

    doorstep loans no credit check
    next day payday advance loans online no credit check
    Get Cash before Payday
    auto loans for people with credit problems

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hello,

    Its good to be here, very nice post, the content is amazing, keep posting friend it will be very helpful for everyone, Thanks for sharing. I really liked it.

    Thanks And Regards

    1 month loans
    bad credit 12 month loans
    business loans with bad credit for startups
    1 month loans bad credit
    short term loans no credit check no brokers

    Simply awesome Really interesting ,,brilliant post..thanks for sharing...!!!

    ReplyDelete
  17. In short, I Need a Payday Loan ASAP are free from all idle formalities. These finances come with bunch of benefits which are only for the convenience of the customers.

    bad credit payday loans no brokers
    every day loans
    payday loans for unemployed
    No Credit Check Loans
    I Need a Payday Loan Fast

    ReplyDelete
  18. Individual at times when come across any trouble or monetary crisis they without waiting for the next working day can easily avail the money on the same day itself i.e. Saturday through the scheme of same day payday loans saturday
    .

    payday loans saturday payout
    loans for weddings bad credit
    31 day loans bad credit
    instant payday loans between 6 and 12 months
    cheapest loans for 6000

    ReplyDelete
  19. all payday loans online gives you quick access to the money in the same day without any credit checks. These loans are meant for a short period of two weeks so that you can get rid of the loan repayment on next payday.

    payday loans over 3 months
    next day payday loans no faxing no employment verification
    loans over 6 month
    no credit check loans fast

    ReplyDelete
  20. weekend payday loans no brokers are your quick source of funds for urgency in the same day. You can borrow the money without any credit checks. The loan allows you to pay back the borrowed amount of cash and interest on next payday in just a week.

    weekend payday loans no brokers
    1 month payday loan
    15 minute payday loans
    instant decision payday loans direct lender

    ReplyDelete
  21. Long term unsecured loans for bad credit the individual in availing the instant cash with long repayment duration in spite of their being bad credit holder. Individual borrowing money in this does not have to worry about the quick repayment.


    unsecured long term loans poor credit
    bad credit short term loans
    unemployed loans
    12 month loan no credit check

    ReplyDelete
  22. No credit check payday loans uk is being crafted for the applicant whose credits cores are being affect by the bad credit factors such as bankruptcy, arrears, delays, insolvency, and many more. Individual in this can get the fund without going through any process of credit verification.


    payday loans no credit check
    direct lenders loans
    12 month loans for bad credit direct lenders
    every day loans

    ReplyDelete
  23. Hi,

    Very Very good and usable post. Thank's to share your experience with us. I will try to remember these tips in my blog commenting task.

    The blog was absolutely fantastic! Lots of great information and inspiration, both of which we all need!b Keep 'em coming... you all do such a great job at such Concepts... can't tell you how much I, for one appreciate all you do!

    Thanks

    weekend payday loans no brokers
    60 day payday loans uk
    installment loans bad credit uk
    no credit check loans, cash loans for 6 months
    36 Month Car Loan, 12 Month Loan with People with Bad Credit
    payday loans for bad credit lenders only

    ReplyDelete
  24. 2 month loans are having many advantages that are providing more and more benefits to the borrowers. By using these loans, many people are leading tension-free life in U.K and you need to visit, 2 month loans.

    60 day loans
    cash via text
    12 month online loans
    3 Month Cash Loans
    loans for people
    12 month loans no guarantor

    ReplyDelete


  25. Suppose you cannot arrange faxing and you have a bad credit profile. 3 month payday loans no faxing are available for instant and timely help.

    long term loans online
    Instant Approval Loans
    12 Month Loans Instant Approval
    12 months loans no credit checks
    500 loans

    ReplyDelete
  26. Hi,

    Thanks for sharing wonderful news with us. I'm sure many people come to like your blog and gain benefit from this information you have provided. I would love to apply these terms on refinancing. Hope to see more amazing blog on your site.

    Have a great day...!!!

    12 Month Loans UK
    12 Month Payday Loans No Credit Check
    bad credit 12 month loans
    1 Year Loans Bad Credit
    Short Term Payday Loans No Credit Check
    Long Term Bad Credit Loans
    12 Month Loan No Credit Check

    ReplyDelete
  27. In a nutshell, 500 loan over 3 months are useful only for those borrowers who have the ability to pay them back on given period.

    short term loans uk
    3 month payday loans no brokers
    unemployed loans

    ReplyDelete
  28. 100 day loans have been designed specifically for helping the people to attend their occasional and unpredicted expenses which they are unable to attend because of their low income without waiting for their next pay cheque. To know more about services please visit @ Payday Instant Loans Over 100 Days

    6 month loans for bad credit
    online loans for bad credit
    1000 payday loans
    Same Day Cash Loans for 12 Months

    ReplyDelete
  29. 24 month loans are the deal which serves the people money in difficult period when they are out of finance and needs smooth deals.this will help in gratifying the mid tenure needs abundantly.

    Six Month Loans
    bad credit loans no credit check
    £1000 loans
    12 Month Instant Loans, 24 Month Loans Instant Decision
    Payday Loans Instant Approval No Credit Check

    ReplyDelete
  30. 12 Month loans are advance in which the borrower has to reimburse the sum borrowed within a week. This provides the individual a usable fiscal device to finance all their emergencies and you need to visit, 12 month loans.

    12 month loans fast
    instant 24 month loans
    90 day payday loans phone
    30 day payday loans online
    90 day payday loans for bad credit

    ReplyDelete


  31. Payday loans for the applicant in arranging the instant funds for the applicants who are fully dependent on the pension which they get every month as it get inadequate to deal with their various needs.

    sunday cash loans
    sunday payday loans for bad credit
    sunday payday loans direct lenders
    60 minute loans

    ReplyDelete
  32. Sunday payday loans help the applicant to enjoy their holiday stress free and happily .Individual through this can easily arrange the funds for taking care of their sudden expenses even on Sunday and you need to visit, sunday payday loans direct lenders.

    cash loans collected weekly
    same day loans no credit check
    84 Month Car Loan, 12 Month Loans for People with Bad Credit
    loans over 3 months bad credit

    ReplyDelete
  33. To cut it short, installment loans over 12 months are the loans which have only flexibilities and convenience for the borrowers. By availing such loans, a borrower can never face any financial obstacle in his life.

    loans over 12 months
    24 Month Loans No Credit Check
    quick loans for 6 months
    small same day cash loans for 12 months

    ReplyDelete
  34. 1 Month Loans are friendly finance option for the working people who need quick and handy money in the mid of the month.

    one month loan
    3 month payday loans for bad credit
    quick 3 month payday loans
    12 month loans for bad credit direct lenders
    cash in 15 mins

    ReplyDelete
  35. Hi,

    Very Very good and usable post. Thank's to share your experience with us. I will try to remember these tips in my blog commenting task.

    The blog was absolutely fantastic! Lots of great information and inspiration, both of which we all need!b Keep 'em coming... you all do such a great job at such Concepts... can't tell you how much I, for one appreciate all you do!

    Thanks

    door step loan
    payday loans uk lenders only
    instant approval bad credit loans
    payday loans uk
    no credit check bank account

    ReplyDelete