Hello all! Wow, it’s been awhile…quite awhile. After moving to our new place last month, we at G-P experienced a variety of internet related mishaps, which resulted in us only just now getting working internet service. We are so excited to be reconnected with the world around us (not that we aren’t in real life, of course, but it’s a bit difficult these days to keep up with news, events, etc without the almighty internetz).
A lot of exciting things happened in the last month…like DADT being ruled unconstitutional in two cases by federal judges. We have a lot to catch up on, and you’ll definitely be hearing from us regularly in the months to come!
Katy Perry is a player that I love to hate. I initially researched her for a gender studies paper about lesbians in the music industry and learned a variety of strange Katy Perry trivia. I haven’t thought much about her since then, until I saw the amazing video of this year’s AIDS/LifeCycle participants remaking Perry’s hit “California Gurls.”
This video is utterly fantastic, but reminded me of what irks me most about Perry – that she has made a fortune for herself mocking the very subculture that she exploits. I’m not usually interested in the lives of artists outside of their music, and I am definitely not of the opinion that one has to identify as queer in order to care about/be involved in LGBTQ issues, but Perry’s sheer hypocrisy just rubs me the wrong way. Perry is very open about the fact that she has never actually engaged in any type of queer sexual behavior, clarifying in a hilarious interview with The New Gay that her …
I watch a lot of videos about gender in society, most of which are quite interesting, but it’s pretty rare that one actually makes me laugh out loud. Hats off to you, Sarah Haskins, for this amazing review of yogurt commercials aimed at women. “Why am I holding all this yogurt? Because I am a woman. And yogurt is the official food of women!” Food – something that should never be gendered.
Check out She-conomy, a site about women and marketing, where I first found this video.