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Born which way?

Natalie Reed, who often writes about gender politics and social justice, calls out "born this way" (especially in a gender/trans* context) as its own form of gender essentialism:
“Gender identity” is still gender-essentialism. It’s just a gender-essentialism where we get to continue thinking men are men, and women are women, and these are inherent parts of who you are, but we also get to ignore the uncomfortable demand of DEFINING “man” and “woman” and what we mean by that, and thereby dodge the uncomfortable fact that any such definition within any essentialist framework necessarily invalidates, undermines, insults or excludes at least some trans or intersex people. It’s a way to go right on believing that our womanhood, or our manhood, or whatever “gender identity” we have, is an immutable and intrinsic quality of ourselves, and thereby maintain the comforting belief that it’s concrete and stable and unassailable, but without having to deal with any of the difficult implications of that, without having to interrogate our definitions, without having to worry about what we mean, and without having to really think about gender beyond the generally received notions. It’s a way to be transgender but still think of our genders the way cis people do.

posted by divabat on Mar 12, 2013 - 87 comments

He was born this way

Alice Cooper covers Lady Gaga's Born This Way at Bonnaroo 2012. [SLYT]
posted by hippybear on Jun 12, 2012 - 47 comments

THIS POST DESIGNED TO CREATE A MEFI CIVIL WAR

"Weird" Al Yankovic wanted to do a parody of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," so he did what he usually does: he contacted the artist and asked permission. Lady Gaga said she'd have to hear the lyrics, so Weird Al wrote the lyrics and sent them to her. Gaga then said she's have to actually hear the song, so Weird Al went into the studio and recorded it - at which point Gaga refused to give her permission. Weird Al responded by doing something he's never done in his entire career: he's asserted his fair use rights and made an unapproved parody available to the public.
posted by mightygodking on Apr 20, 2011 - 538 comments

Don't You Wish You Had A Kitchen That Was Hot Like This

10-year old Timmy singing and owning Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" into a very ripe unpeeled banana. [YT] [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Mar 9, 2011 - 33 comments

Being Gay is OK - New World Order, Too

Talented musician Lady Gaga releases music video (1st of 2) for her single Born This Way. [more inside]
posted by rodmandirect on Feb 28, 2011 - 218 comments

Born This Way

Born This Way! Photo/essay submissions that capture men and women, innocently, showing the beginnings of their innate gay selves.
posted by hermitosis on Jan 13, 2011 - 78 comments

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