To follow from earlier discussion of Lady Gaga, this lecture gives probably the best account I’ve heard about why I should be excited to live in the Gaga era. The discussion of Gaga herself comes in the last 3 minutes or so, but there’s some fascinating points made on gender-revolution in the middle, and the bit at the start about
“When you see something and you know this is feminism, but you don’t know why.”
…is just awesome.
For me this what is really exciting about feminism. It’s about completely changing and eliminating concepts and categories. Why does the queer movement often try to prop up unimportant institutions like marriage, rather than push them aside? Of course I don’t think that people who want to get married should be prevented from doing so, or even that marriage needs to be entirely eliminated, but what’s really exciting about feminism is the idea that we don’t need to fix a broken world, we need to build a new world. Marriage doesn’t need to be important, if we don’t want it to be.