I found Jack Halberstam’s “Gaga Manifesto,” extremely interesting. While I am not a huge Lady Gaga fan, I credit for her role in making Millennials much more accepting and less quick to judge.
Over the decades American culture has shifted from being extremely conservative to much more progressive and accepting, and for a few years the majority of people were comfortable believing that now America truly was the land of the free. This idea has been challenged by pop icon, Lady Gaga. By overtly sharing her opinions on women empowerment, LGBTQ rights and sexual fluidity originally she made many people uncomfortable. However, by continuing to be herself and support these issues, despite how others perceived her, she gained a huge following. Gaga purposely stood out from societal norms in the most by breaking gender stereotypes, wearing obscene clothing and through her statements. In the past, there hasn’t been another public figure who has been known to make such a dramatic impact on how others view themselves and those around them. Gaga has opened the door for many people that do not want to fit in with everyday crowd.
I also liked the fact that Halberstam tied in Yoko Ono, who is a Japanese musician and also the widow of John Lennon. Mainly because I was not familiar with her work or that she still was even producing music. She similarly paved a way for many individuals to live as who they are. This added even more diversity to his reading and I have become intrigued with both artist.