Lady Gaga

Since her start as a performance artist and singer, Lady Gaga has been extremely outspoken through her music and concerts about her support for LGBTQ equality.  She tends to stray away from society’s “norm” by the way she looks, acts, and dresses.  She has so much influential power because of her fame, so she decides to use that power to express herself and to help others feel comfortable expressing themselves as well.  She even said that “I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time.”  For example, she was the first singer to reference the LGBTQ at the Super Bowl half time show.  She has also participated in multiple equality marches.  It has been her goal to get people talking and to feel more comfortable with the entire community, especially since Lady Gaga herself has come out as bisexual.  She wants men and women to be able to dress and act however they desire without feeling judged by people.  This is why she wears outrageous outfits, because she wants to show people it is okay to be different and it can be accepted.  She is one of many celebrities who use their fame as a way to try to make a difference particularly in the LGBTQ community.  Jack Halberstam’s focuses on Gaga Feminism because Lady Gaga does a good job at embodying ideas of sex and gender and breaking away from society’s fixed roles that men and women are supposed to have.  Lady Gaga resists being put in a bubble or a category.  She does whatever she feels like and she has zero shame.  This is why she has such a strong fan base and support system behind her and why Halberstam chooses her to help better represent and explain feminism, sex, and gender.

Diversity in The Academy

Out of the readings this week, I really enjoyed reading Kate Forbes’ piece, “Do These Earrings Make Me Look Dumb?” One of the most major points I picked up on was when she was talking about the academy needing diversity. Last semester, I took a cultural psychology course and we talked about the benefits of diversity in the workplace and how vital it is. We read and analyzed studies that showed correlations on how diversity makes workers more creative, more diligent, and harder working. When I read Forbes’ criticism of how the academy is basically filled with white- middle class individuals (and in her realm of the academic science world: mostly older white cis straight men) it brought me back to my cultural psych class. There have been many studies showing correlations of better financial performance when there is a diverse work community, including diverse CEOs. Forbes even suggests that a “diverse group of scholars are likely to consider a broader range of ideas.” I completely agree with this, because if you are around someone different than you and you need to convey your thoughts, you’re going to put more thought into your work and research rather than just present those ideas to someone who has the same viewpoint. With a more diverse group of scholars, there would be many ideas that would be expressed which would lead to more innovative and informative advances in research. Unfortunately, these advances cannot possibly be made with a majority of white middle class cis individuals. Like Forbes said, if we were to truly embrace diversity, everyone would be allowed to reach their full potential, no matter their identity.