“The crying & the prisons of ice / & the prisons of shadow / / the prison of the canvas / & the prison of the eye / / & the thunder over the frozen mountains / curled like the rotting sail on a lost ship // & the thunder through the shingles that shakes / the toddler in her sleep, there comes a frail figure / / in the shadows.” Glen Gould would have been 80 today. It’s the age of speaking louder when spoken to. Itchy to catch a ride elsewhere in this age of unbearable. Angelfood cake with wings. Not even frilly sextatic wings. Darker Pixels Are Heavier. As a further application of this principle, Snow White & The Huntsman here shares double billing with its unofficial prequel, WET PAINT, which also involves large swaths of visual material. The page has only been live for a few hours, but fans have already been posting stories and photographs about recovering from anorexia, living with one and a half legs, having cancer … Some other celebrity might sue a publication for calling her fat; Gaga’s fighting back by taking the high road, by showing the world that it’s not okay to critique her body — not because she’s a pop star, but because she is a human being, with feelings and a history of eating disorders and we can, and should, do better. By posting these homemade, raw, here-I-am-with-all-my-flaws (not that we see any) images, she shows that her struggle is the same struggle millions of other men and women have everyday: Learning to love yourself just the way you are, finding and believing you are beautiful when the media is hellbent on making you think you’re fat and ugly (and that fat is the same as ugly). This whole thing has really hit home with me. I’m an intelligent, otherwise confident woman, a feminist who knows better, and if anything I’m underweight — yet, I still struggle with body shame and the size of my thighs. And so, in the words of Lady Gaga, Be brave and celebrate with us your “perceived flaws,” as society tells us. May we make our flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous.
[Note: Sources: Mathias Svalina, “It’s Good to Be Dead in America”, as quoted in Mitch Taylor, FB post, 25 Sept 012; Robert Archambeau, FB post, 25 Sept 012; Del Ray Cross, “mdccxxi”, at Anachronizms, 25 Sept 012; Evan Calder Williams, “Double Header”, at The New Inquiry, 25 Sept 012; someone at Jezebel, philodaria, and Lady Gaga, as quoted in philodaria’s “Yes. Just Yes”, at Feminist Philosophers, 25 Sept 012]