Monday, June 21, 2010

Bad Faith and Bad Music

Thought I'd pass this along. Normally, I find that essays which mention (for instance) Lady Gaga and Existentialism in the same paragraph are total garbage, but this New York Times piece by Tufts philosopher Nancy Bauer is both rational and cogent.

Here, Professor Bauer takes on the dichotomy present in modern pop-culture "feminism" - as exemplified in this case by Lady Gaga - which proffers the notion that self-objectification can be empowering. Instead of the usual baby-boomer hand-wringing, Bauer provides a very useful analyis via Sarte and Simone de Beauvoir. It is refreshingly bereft of incantatory po-mo gibberish.

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