In the debate about what Lady Gaga may or may not have dangling between her legs, let me add my uninvited opinion into this overcrowded discussion: Who gives a flying fuck?
Lady Gaga’s penis doesn’t pay my bills. And it certainly doesn’t keep me up at night.
But perhaps the sliver lining in this he/she discussion is a larger conversation about gender, expectations and intersexism.
The Intersex Society of North America estimates that one in every 2,000 children born has genitals that do not fit the typical definition of male or female. While non-typical genitals have been traditionally met with parental shame, confusion and subsequent surgery on the child, perhaps we’re on the cusp of ushering in a new era of intersex acceptance and understanding. And maybe all this Lady Gaga speculation will serve to pave the way in some small but important capacity.
At the very least, through various Google searches and articles fueled by the Lady Gaga rumors, a whole new generation of people are discovering that the world of gender, like so many things, isn’t black and white.
Moreover, maybe we’ll all learn a thing or two about gender expectations and the ridiculousness of double-standards like male “studs” and female “sluts.” What’s so bad about women possessing characteristics that are typically male, anyway? And does being assertive, sexually voracious or handsome require or necessitate the presence of a penis?
For someone that enjoys “pushing the boundaries” and advancing equality, I can’t help but think that all of this penis speculation brings a slight and knowing smile to Lady Gaga’s over-powdered face.