Lady Gaga, the Perennially Ambitious Pop Star, Chats with The Times
Today, Lady Gaga tells me that she’s had to battle misogyny and sexism since trying to kickstart her music career in New York and Los Angeles. “Oh,” she sighs heavily, “I experienced a lot … I had really awful experiences with men in the studio. Made me very uncomfortable. I didn’t feel like I was being cherished for my vocal talents, but [was] seen more as someone to take advantage of.” Did people try and “take advantage” of her physically as well? “Yes. And I don’t have to elaborate. But I promise you that when women who are in the business that are young read this article, I hope [they understand] that you do not have to put up with that. And I hope to be an inspiration — that [if] you’re talented enough, you can work hard and achieve your dreams “It is very hard, this business. And there are a lot of sharks. And I wish to set a good example. That’s why I’m so honest about those things, ’cause I don’t want to give the impression that this was handed to me on a silver platter. It was certainly not like that,” she says with a snort.
It sounds like the answer would be obvious, but you never know with this compelling, contrary-Mary artist. So let’s ask the question: does Gaga call herself a feminist? And, if so, what does being a feminist mean to her? “Yes,” she replies firmly and immediately. “I’m certainly a feminist. A feminist to me is somebody that wishes to protect the integrity of women who are ambitious. A feminist in my opinion is somebody that regards that women have a strong intelligence and wisdom. That we are just as great as men — and some of us can be even better.” She namechecks author/poet/civil rights campaigner Maya Angelou. “I can’t imagine that this woman wasn’t greater than some of the men of her time. “I want to fight for the female performer, the female artist, the female musician,” she states firmly. “This is the type of feminist that I am: that women can be tremendous artists.”
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