Lady Gaga Isn’t Sexy

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Noted American cultural critic Camille Paglia wrote an interesting at times, but rather bizarre deconstruction of Lady Gaga for the Sunday Times of London. Paglia’s got some good points about Gaga’s outsider identity being a complete construction–considering Gaga went to prep school with the Hiltons–but despite several hundred words of intellectualization on the matter, the point of Paglia’s piece seems to be that she personally doesn’t find Gaga sexy.

Despite showing acres of pallid flesh in the fetish-bondage garb of urban prostitution, Gaga isn’t sexy at all — she’s like a gangly marionette or plasticised android. How could a figure so calculated and artificial, so clinical and strangely antiseptic, so stripped of genuine eroticism have become the icon of her generation? Can it be that Gaga represents the exhausted end of the sexual revolution? In Gaga’s manic miming of persona after persona, over-conceptualised and claustrophobic, we may have reached the limit of an era…


Gaga seems comet-like, a stimulating burst of novelty, even though she is a ruthless recycler of other people’s work. She is the diva of deja vu. Gaga has glibly appropriated from performers like Cher, Jane Fonda as Barbarella, Gwen Stefani and Pink, as well as from fashion muses like Isabella Blow and Daphne Guinness. Drag queens, whom Gaga professes to admire, are usually far sexier in many of her over-the-top outfits than she is.

H/T eXiled Online