Lady Gaga has transformed more than just the music world. The global star has also transformed the idea of feminism in the younger generation, says media ecologist Jack Myers, author of Hooked Up: A New Generation’s Surprising Take on Sex, Politics and Saving the World.
“Lady Gaga is the embodiment of feminism today,” Myers said. “We’re really entering a third wave of feminists period, led by today’s students, what I call the ‘hooked up generation.’” Watch Myers further explain characteristics of this “hooked up” generation and how Lady Gaga has influenced them:
“She’s extremely feminist – she’s extremely into women’s rights, she’s very focused on empowering women and women’s rights and empowering their right to have their own self-identity, not attached to a man. And that’s really the embodiment of what we see today in colleges,” Myers said. “We see women very focused on their future, on their careers, but yet recognizing that men have a role in their lives.”
As for men, they are also embracing that women can be sexy and smart and sexual and serious. “Men are almost a little more into relationships than women today, and again, I think Lady Gaga is the personification of what women aspire to be while not being a Paris Hilton or Britney Spears or putting the sex first, forward,” Myers continued. “What Lady Gaga puts forward first is her feminism and her belief in herself and her own career and the power she has as a woman.”
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