Reflections of Ourselves

(This is day 3 of my blog-a-day-challenge. So far, so good, right? For more information on why I’ve succumbed to this particular brand of madness, check out the post from Day 1)

In yesterday’s post I started to compile a playlist of queer friendly and queer-positive songs in light of the fact that it was National Coming Out Day. Today there will be even more songs for your listening/viewing pleasure. And feel free to suggest your favorites in the comments or on the official When She Speaks I Hear the Revolution facebook page!

In addition to more music, I did want to reflect a bit more on why these songs are so important, and why I feel it’s important for musicians to embrace queer and feminist themes in their music…so here goes!

Thirteen years ago today, Matthew Shepard was killed as the result of an brutal, anti-gay attack. His death is not the only death associated with bullying for being different. Hate crimes have not disappeared, despite the best efforts of LGBTQ community centers throughout the nation and campaigns like “It Gets Better.” As much progress as the LGBTQ community is making, there are still vast inequalities and there are still a lot of myths about the LGBTQ community that continue to exist despite our best efforts to dispel them. We are still too often thought as “other” and in situations with new people, the chances that we will be asked “do you have a boyfriend/husband” if you’re a girl or “do you have a girlfriend/wife” if you’re a guy continues to perpetuate our conversations. Heteronormativity is too often assumed, especially once we leave the comfort of our queer, radical, feminist circles.

We can do everything we want within our own communities to make a difference and to promote acceptance, but sometimes the most important thing that we can find is a reflection of ourselves. Somewhere. Take music, for example. It doesn’t have to be a perfect reflection, just enough of one that we can listen to it and feel like we are not alone. And with that realization we our lives, our work can come back into focus. That is why Melissa Etheridge’s decision to come out in the 90s was so important. Yes, she made good music even before she was vocally out, but the radical act of coming out allowed her to be who she was as a musician and allowed her fan base to connect with her in a deeper way. For those who identified under the LGBTQ umbrella, it gave them someone to look up to and, more importantly, someone to relate to.

While I believe in music for music’s sake, I do think musicians and the industry at large needs to promote a greater acceptance for queer artists speaking it like it is. Artists like Athens Boys Choir could do an infinitely better amount of good than artists like Ke$ha (and do, without the big record label), and could go a much longer way in the promotion of acceptance as well as queer visibility. The same thing goes with books and the book industry at large. In September of this year two authors came out with what should be a startling truth, but in the heteronormative world we live in, isn’t as shocking as you’d want it to be. They were told by their publishers to straighten the gay characters. Terrifying? Yes. True? Also yes. Check out their whole story here. (and be part of the solution with floating YA Diversity Book Clubs here)

We all find pieces of ourselves sprinkled throughout our favorite songs. Music–and other art forms–are not just products to be consumed. They’re something deeper than that. And as such, we should be able to relate to songs and books. And those songs and books should be able to relate to us.

Now. Onto the music, yes?

1) MEN-“Off Our Backs” and “Who Am I to Feel so Free”: If you’re looking for radical electropop to suit your dance shoes and your politics, look no further. JD Samson–who you might recognize as one of the Le Tigre band members–has not stopped making radical music, and she continues to be on the frontlines of excellent beats with hard-hitting messages that you don’t often expect in electro-pop tunes.

2) Boyskout-“Back to Bed”  Boyskout was an all girl San Francisco band with openly queer themes throughout their music. Their music is both catchy and irresistable, and this has been one of my personal all time favorite videos since discovering it a few years ago.

3)The Butchies-“Send Me You”-If you don’t know who the Butchies are then you need to visit google. Immediately. And learn everything you can. I can only hope to see the Butchies live one day, with their random-seeming reunions….

4)The Gossip-“Heavy Cross”–this is another band that I’m going to have to say if you don’t know, you must look up. Immediately. Since their appearance, Beth Ditto and co have been taking over musical landscapes. From punk rock with attitude to pop-heavy tunes with a lot of soul, The Gossip is one of those bands that has to be on your radar.

5)Bitch-“Pussy Manifesto”-It is impossible for me to put into words how much I love Bitch. She is a colorful musician with mad skills on the violin and her wordplay is unmatched. Unapologetically feminist and 100% musical badass, she’s someone worth paying attention to. check her out if you are for some reason not already familiar with her. And if you get the chance to see her live–don’t miss it. Seriously.

6)Agent Ribbons-“Chelsea, Let’s Go Join the Circus”: I’ve written about Agent Ribbons and my diehard love for them before. And while I’m not sure where the band and the LGBTQ community fit in together, this video has adorable queer fairytale written all over it.

Ending notes:

“Origin of Love” from Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

If Loving You is Wrong, I Don’t Want to be Right.

(This is Day 2 of the blog-a-day challenge. See previous entry for more information.)

Today is (inter)national Coming Out Day. It’s one of those days that is important for everyone, whether you identify as bisexual, transgender, lesbian, gay, queer, or anywhere under the queer umbrella. It’s a day where we under that umbrella can feel proud that we have grown up into the wonderful, colorful people that we’ve become and feel good about loving who we want to love. Because ultimately, love is a driving force in our society. Our relationships, our friendships–these are the elements that help keep us going. It’s not the money. It’s not the stuff. It’s the people. Whether you admit it or not.

To everyone who identifies under the spectrum of the queer umbrella–YOU ROCK. Today is your day. Celebrate yourself. If you haven’t already come out of the closet and can safely do so today, DO IT. What are you waiting for? There is no time like the present to embrace yourself. If you cannot safely come out of the closet, remember that there are resources for you to access and people to talk to. You don’t have to tread the path alone.

In the spirit of the day, I’m going to come out. Depending on how you look at it, I’ve been out as a bisexual for a good four years. The levels of “out” have definitely been varied. I’ve been out to my friends far longer than my family. It’s easier sometimes. In my experience, friends have been a lot easier to share the information with. They don’t have the expectations that families often have. I am currently in a relationship with a woman, but have dated both men and women. Let me put it this way. I enjoy people. Gender is about as relevant as hair color. What matters to me when I am considering dating someone is who they are. What do they like? What passions drive them? Can we spend hours on end in deep conversation? Can we relate on some deeper level? These are the things that matter to me. Call me biased all you want, but I think bisexuality is the real home of romanticism.

Also in the spirit of the day, I’ve decided to create a queer positive music video playlist. Music by bands/musicians who are not only out in the music scene, but refuse to stay quiet about it. Music is an art form that on one hand transcends labels–a good song is a good song no matter how the artist identifies/what s/he believes. Yet at the same time, we as a music audience often look to find ourselves reflected in what we consume. I know that I enjoy a good revolutionary anthem. So here you go. This will be part one what is sure to be an epic playlist. Make sure to bookmark the page if you can’t watch all of them and check back tomorrow for more videos! Enjoy!

1) Athens Boys Choir: “Fagette”–The Athens Boys Choir–despite the name–is a one man proect featuring spoken word artist/musician Katz. He travels the country speaking the “good word” and throws down hard hitting spoken-word pieces that deal with the issues of gender, politics, love, sex and everything in between.

2) Team Gina: “Butch/Femme”–Team Gina was made up of two fierce femmes: GINA BLING and GINA GENIUS and was a performance art pop duo combining dance music with feminist analysis and queer content. While Team Gina disbanded in 2010, you can still find Gina Young doing her thing.

3) Hunx & His Punx: “Lovers Lane”–Hunx and His Punx might be the first ever “girl group” fronted by a flamboyant gay male whose dream in life is to sound like a girl. They have created a unique new sound they refer to as “Young Oldies,” a mixture of 50s teenage rock ‘n’ roll, 60s girl groups and bubblegum pop.   

4) Joan Jett: “AC/DC”– If I have to tell you anything about Joan Jett…well then, you haven’t been paying attention. Jett’s been one of the most influential women rockers and from the Runaways to her solo projects to her label, Blackheart Records, she knows how to get around and get her name recognized. The real question we must ask as human beings on this planet is this: What would Joan Jett do? And given that question and this video, it’s clear that bisexuality is definitely okay!

5) Lesbians on Ecstasy: “Sedition”–Lesbians on Ecstasy is one of those bands who were thoroughly underrecognized in their time. Combining efforts to create dark, irresistible dance/club tunes out of old school lesbian protest anthems, they created something magic. Check it out for yourself with this video. And just remember, the lesbians are totally coming! Watch out!

6) The Cliks: “Dirty King” The Cliks are the brainchild of frontman Lucas Silveira. In 2004 he took the dive away from his singer/songwriter roots and created a band whose mantra was change. Lucas remains the only constant member in the Cliks, while others act as a collective force which finds a home in the new and edgier/rock based material–for a time. Silveira is an out trans man and activist.

 

Zine-fabulous

After a few years of admiring zines and the D.I.Y. ethic behind them-I’ve finally contributed. I feel accomplished. And I think I may have one more fling with the zine-making before the end of the month. More on that later.

Since I did what I do best and wrote about gender/music/riot grrrl, I’ll post a video to whet your appetite for the zine which will be available at the Pride Center (361 N 300 W, SLC) on Saturday the 27th. Note that my contribution is only one small part of the whole thing. The whole zine will be beautiful. A sum of many parts. A written record of many voices come together in the creation of a self-made zine. Artwork. Poetry. Words.

If you can be there on the 27th–do so. I’m thinking it will be a night of pure magic.

Dear Salt Lake: I <3 You.

Here’s something a lot of non-Utah people don’t know about Salt Lake City: It’s amazing. In the past few weeks I’ve gotten involved in a numerous amount of activities that have made me love the city all the more. And even more important–Salt Lake City is finally starting to feel like home.

That doesn’t mean I won’t stop dreaming about California, where it’s warm and snow is pretty much non-existent (that’s my least favorite part of Utah. Or anywhere cold), but I have finally found the path that I left so long ago in NC. I can now officially resume conversations on feminism, activism, lgbt equality in a major way through involvement with the group TransAction, which is a phenomenal group–to say the least.

TransAction, for those not in the know, is a youth led group sponsored by the Utah Pride Center that provides a voice for the Transgender community. Its Mission: Promote visibility, unity and safety through advocacy and education. TransAction is dedicated to building bridges between communities. I’ve gone to only two meetings so far (Every Tuesday at the Pride Center), but I like what they are doing. And I’m glad I found them.

For those in SLC, looking for something to do this coming Tuesday night (the 17), we’ll be making our very own zine! And after that, on Saturday the 27th, we’ll have the Zine Debut Party at Marmalade Cafe, which will feature local poets, writers and musicians as well as some super delicious chai, made especially for the party.

For those in Salt Lake City, Don’t Miss this party! It’ll be awesome. And for those of you in other places outside of Utah…too bad for you 😉

In other topics: Sister Spit will be performing in the fair city of Salt at the one and only, Mestizo Coffeehouse! Save the date (Tuesday April 13), because between the likes of Michelle Tea, Annie Danger, Elisha Lim, Silas Howard & crew, you will never, ever forget this fabulous night.

And finally…exciting things are coming to Salt Lake City. I’ve got plans for this city, and I think with the right amount of networking and finding other people who are interested, Salt Lake will turn into a very, very grrrl friendly city. Maybe one day, we’ll even have a ladyfest. Oh Salt Lake, when I’m done with you, you won’t recognize yourself.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today marks the 11th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a day that was created to remember the all too short lives of those who were killed as a result of anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The memorial day was started in 1998, after Rita Hester was murdered. The case, like most anti-transgender murder cases, has yet to be solved. In addition to being a day to remember and grieve for trans and gender non-conforming people who’ve been killed, the day also acts as a time to raise awareness about the violence that happens against trans people.

In an interview with Glaad blog, Ethan St. Pierre was asked his opinion on what TDOR meant to him. St. Pierre is an FtM transsexual gender activist who has been lobbying Congress since ’91 on behalf of hate crime victims and survivors, and works with the Remembering Our Dead Project as a coordinator of TDOR.

“It means a lot of things. Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day when we come together to remember those that we’ve lost, but it also reminds us of how unsafe we are and how we are targets of violence – and that nobody is really safe from it.  If you’re a trans person, especially if you’re an unemployed trans person out on the street, there’s a really good chance you’re going to lose your life.

It reminds me how unsafe we are.  And it reminds me how much work we have to do to educate people so that it doesn’t keep happening.”

Every day is a perfect opportunity to learn something new, so if you are unfamiliar with the problems that face the transgender community, the constant threat of violence always knocking at their door, become aware. Become an ally and help make a difference in people’s lives, talk to people and hear their stories, and share your own.

For more information please visit:

Transgender Day of Remembrance Information:

TDOR-Official Page
Feministing on TDOR
Pam’s House Blend on TDOR
Questioning Transphobia-The Drowned and the Saved
Glaad Blog with Sassafras Lowrey

Information on Trans Issues

Pam’s House Blend
Glaad Blog
Questioning Transphobia
Feministing

For Your Entertainment:

In addition to remembering those we’ve lost, it’s not a bad idea to celebrate the achievements of the transgendered/transsexual persons who have made it into our lives through a variety of media. This is by no means a comprehensive list. There are plenty more transgender and transsexual artists/musicians/writers and people out there–please support them in their efforts!

Music:
The Cliks
Antony and the Johnsons
Tribe 8
Lynn Breedlove
Wendy Carlos
Chastity Bono

Television/Film
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (film)
Kinky Boots (film)
Transamerica(film)
Velvet Goldmine(film)
Eddie Izzard (Comedien)

Literature
Kate Bornstein
Julia Serano
Rachel Pollack

Whip It–more than a “Lesbian Fantasy, Disguised.”

Reasons “Whip It” is a fantastic movie:Whip-It-Poster

  1. It shows a believable coming of age story of a girl who goes from being lost to having a backbone
  2. It features a strong cast of women and is very women-centric in production–for goodness sakes, it was directed by Drew Barrymore!
  3. It features one of the best underground sports–ROLLER DERBY–which is defined by its strong women.
  4. It shows one of the healthiest relationships I’ve seen in a movie, ever. “Healthy” defined as “Not Obsessive.

Imagine my disappointment when I find one of my favorite pop-culture websites–After Ellen–happily embracing it as nothing more than what Jeremy Clymen of Psychology Today calls a “Lesbian Fantasy, Disguised.”

Where do I even begin with such an inherently flawed idea? Let’s start at the beginning. Clymen writes:

“This film purports to be the story of a small town adolescent who rebels and finds her genuine identity as roller derby star athlete. But I think this film is also a secret communication to closeted lesbians living in hostile places in which the closet is the only safe place to be. Let’s back up before we get into conspiracy theories. “Whip It” is directed by a female (Barrymore), its protagonist is female (Page), and the story is about a girl who becomes a woman in a female dominated world. There isn’t a serious male character to be seen.”

Really? The reason you’re seeing a lesbian undercurrent is because OMG! the film is directed by a female? The protaganist is female? The setting is dominated by women? All of these equate “Lesbian” for you? Really?

He almost has a point with the lack of serious male character–almost. A quick look at the film and you’ll see most of the guy characters as lacking a lot of those “masculine” qualities. But a further look at “Whip It” as a film type, and you’ll see a lot of women characters who are on equal footing. Have you seen Drew Barrymore’s character? Don’t tell me you take her seriously. And also, it’s funny how easily he puts off the male characters. Razor (played by Andrew Wilson), the coach of the Hurl Scouts, starts off as your average surf dude who doesn’t seem all that impressive, but he ended up as one of my favorite characters. He was smart. He knew how to design plays so the Hurl Scouts could go from the bottom of the barrel to a top notch roller derby team. Way to go Clymen, way to pass superficial judgement. Let’s not forget the hot indie rocker Oliver (played by Landon Pigg). If you’re looking for a serious male character, he is one of the few. His role was honest and not just played for comic relief.

Next point of interest that Clymen makes:

” A couple points here:  A. “Whip It” is about roller blading, which this movie defines as a group of half-drunk women, in tight athletic gear and rollerblades muscling each other for inside positioning, as a few key teammates weave in and out of the pack. Those that have finesse are chased by those that have strength, somewhat akin to the cat and mouse pursuit of a top and bottom sexual power dynamic (there’s a reason the standard sexual position is missionary). In short, this game is a metaphor for sex.

B. The protagonist, Bliss (Page), behaves in the way that a lesbian might behave before she knows she’s a lesbian. We meet her just as she’s playfully dying her hair blue for a beauty pageant. Her inexplicably love for roller derby is incited by the image of three women pushing each other on rollerblades. She dumps her boyfriend with suspicious ease and celerity. She’s an adolescent who likes to be different, is experimental and puts a boyfriend second to roller derby.”

Point A of Clymen’s theory has absolutely no basis. Clearly he’s unfamiliar with Roller Derby except as a fictional sport portrayed by the film.

So, let’s start with point B. Since when does a girl “playfully dying her hair blue” equal “lesbian”? Answer: It doesn’t. A girl’s hair color is simply that: hair color. It is not a signifier of sexual orientation.

Clymen says that Bliss’s love for roller derby is incited by three women pushing each other on roller blades. What Bliss (as played by Ellen Page) saw was women who didn’t fit into the social standard as she knew it–the social standard being pretty women who were pageant winners and socially acceptable in the school highways. What she saw were women who were like herself–who didn’t fit into that social standard–but were happy and didn’t CARE that they didn’t fit into society’s standards. What she saw was nothing more than women being themselves with no fear of repercussion.

When Bliss goes to her first roller derby, she tells one of the Derby women that they were her new heroes. The response: Be your own hero.Page Victorious

This line is the most important line of the film, and as cliche as it might be, it means the world to a girl who is shy, stuck in a place she doesn’t feel she belongs, and is trying to figure out who she really is. This line may seem simple, but it’s not. As a woman who has been softspoken most of my life and am only now learning to really speak up and make my opinion heard, I’m still trying to apply this mantra of “be your own hero” to my own life. The reason this movie is so wonderful and so necessary is that it’s about a girl learning to take her own strength into her own hands. It’s about a girl learning to live by her own means. And it’s about giving that girl the opportunity to.

And god forbid, in Clymen’s world, that a girl find what she wants to do to the point that her passion for that thing exceeds the point of her relationship status. God Forbid a woman fall so in love with something like the roller derby that she can’t hold onto a relationship. GOD FORBID that she should be able to break up with her boyfriend and NOT be traumatized. Clymen says that Bliss’s break-up is done with “suspicious ease”. Did he miss the parts where Bliss fell apart because she was so upset that he would cheat on her and let some other girl wear her favorite T-Shirt? Is he so dense that he doesn’t understand how important the roller derby became to her? Did he miss the fact that being part of the Hurl Scouts provided Bliss with a sense of belonging, a sense of family and a sense of identity? Clearly he did. Or maybe he’s right. Maybe the only reason she was able to break up with Oliver and move on was that she’s actually a lesbian.

COME ON, people. Grow up. And appreciate this film for what it is: an ode to female empowerment. A much needed film giving voices to girls who’ve been silenced by the hierarchy of high school and family expectations. A film that celebrates that women have passions outside of relationships and outside of shopping.

Thank you, Drew Barrymore, for directing this movie. Thank you, Shauna Cross, for originally penning this story. Thank you for showing that women can be strong and vocal individuals. Thank you for thinking outside the box, even though some people are still missing the point.

Katy Perry-The Postergirl for GLBTIQ Music?

It’s official. Out is completely o-u-t of touch with the LGBTIQ community at large.

Out magazine’s Hot 100 issue features Katy Perry on the cover. And, as a blogger at AfterElton.com says: “It begs the question, ‘What the hell is Katy Perry doing on there?’”

The question is a good one. Perry is a straight performer with a Christian background who really only pretends to go bad on her album, dubiously named One of the Boys. Tracks such as “I Kissed a Girl”, “One of the Boys”, “ur so gay” and “Mannequin” prove that Katy Perry is as heteronormative and homophobic as the Catholic Pope. Only Perry’s a mainstream phenomenon with chart topping hits. That makes her especially dangerous.Katy the Covergirl

So let’s explore the music of Katy Perry a little deeper and find out why, exactly, Out’s choice of Perry as Musician of the Year is like stabbing oneself in the foot.

 

The Music of Katy Perry

If you identify as a feminist or happen to have any feminist beliefs at all, listening—I mean really listening—to Katy Perry’s One of the Boys album will make you feel like you’ve willingly submitted yourself to be tortured. The album is basically the conservative right with a new image. That of the ‘good girl gone bad…but not really’ image. If you don’t believe me…well, let’s go through a few of the album’s tracks.

Take for example the title track, “One of the Boys”. As the very first track on the CD, it makes you wonder if you really want to listen to the rest of the album. (You don’t. believe me.) The opening lines are “I saw a spider I didn’t scream/cuz I can belch the alphabet, just double dog dare me/I chose the guitar over ballet/and I take these suckers down because they just get in my way.”

First of all—how in the world does belching the alphabet help you not scream when you see a spider? Do you mean that by doing that I’ll never scream when I see a spider? And are you stuck in the 70s, Katy? The guitar is more of an equal-opportunity instrument now, it’s really not a “boy” thing. The rest of the song continues in that vein as Perry paints boys as nasty smelling creatures who just wanna make out with girls while the girls are pearly princesses who like reading 17 and shaving their legs so they can make the boys stand in line if they want to date her. Thanks, Katy. We really appreciate all the work you’re doing by putting us boys and girls back into our positions. I’ll go buy my issue of Cosmo now, since I’m a few years too old for 17.

The next track was Katy Perry’s long-lasting chart hit, “I Kissed a Girl.” If you’re still listening to the album, you may want to stop now. It only gets worse from here. This song is a straight guy’s fantasy more than anything else. It’s the musical equivalent of two girls making out with each other so a bouncer can get his kicks and allow them to get in for free. It’s cheap. Easy. And insulting, degrading, and shallow. But that beat is hard to forget once you’ve heard it. And that what makes Katy Perry more dangerous than most neo-conservative fanatics. You can tune them out easily. But trying to tune Katy Perry out… it can be difficult.

Throughout the song Perry assures listeners that she’s straight with the line “I hope my boyfriend won’t mind.” She also assures listeners that while she may be ‘experimenting’, it’s definitely not a serious affair. That girl she’s making out with, the one with the yummy cherry chapstick? Oh, don’t worry. She’s going to be nameless. She was just a pawn in Katy’s game to make herself seem like more of a ‘bad girl’ for her boyfriend. As she sings, “this isn’t what good girls do.”

After that, we have a semblance of a break. “Waking up in Vegas” kills the insults thrown by the earlier songs, as does the not-very-memorable song “Thinking of You.” But thBecause she's so innocent...really.en we have a song Out would have done well to know about before they made Perry Musician of the Year. “Mannequin” is the ultimate in boxed gender/male bashing songs. If Perry identified as a feminist, she would be the kind that Nellie Furtado was referring to. (by the way, if you’re still listening to this album, I’m done warning you. Have fun in your musical torture chamber.)

The second and third verses of “Mannequin” says everything you need to know about the singer’s view of mankind. And then some.  

“[I’m] Usually the queen
At figuring out

Breaking down the man
Is no workout

But I have no clue
How to get through to you
I wanna hit you
Just to see if you cry

Keep knockin on wood
Hopin’ there’s
A real boy inside”

 

 Is this not a warning signal? If this was written and sung by a guy, (“[I’m] usually the king at figuring out/breaking down the woman is no workout”), we’d see a lot of character examination of the artist. But then it helps that “Mannequin” isn’t a hit single. But that’s not the end of the story. One of the Boys hit gold status, meaning the album has sold more than 500,000 copies. The album. Not single tracks.

That means there are thousands of people out there who took the CD home and listened to it and love songs like “Mannequin” because of its great beat. Isn’t it great how a good beat takes precedence over message?

But, I digress. After saying how much she’d like to hit the boy she’s with, Perry continues to say how, because he’s not a real man (he’s just a mannequin), he can’t recognize the fact that her love is real. Oh, and if only he’d let her in and be a “Real Man” she’d fix him. Wow, Katy. I can only hope that these lyrics were vomited up and don’t apply to your real relationships. Because if that’s the case, you need to reexamine what a relationship actually is.

Just sayin’.

South Of Nowhere=More Real than Katy Perry
South Of Nowhere=More Real than Katy Perry

Right after “Mannequin” we have the last very-insulting song and Katy’s first big hit. “Ur So Gay.” Bad spelling aside, this is just a bad song. Where networks like the N (Nickelodeon’s teen network that airs shows like Degrassi and South of Nowhere” are trying to fight back on the usage of the word “gay” as synonymous with “stupid”, Katy uses the word unabashedly to insult her ex-boyfriend.

 

“I hope you hang yourself with your H+M scarf,” she says.

“You don’t eat meat and drive electrical cars,” she says.

“I can’t believe I fell in love with someone who wears more make up [than me],” she says.

“You’re so gay and you don’t even like boys,” she says.

At this point it becomes necessary to take a very deep breath and try to remember the one good line of this song: “You’re so sad, maybe you should buy a happy meal.” That’s a funny line. The one good thing about this song.

The rest….well, let’s take a look. Perry starts the song off by saying “I hope you hang yourself with your H+M Scarf.” Wow. Violence seems to be a recurring theme on this CD. Rather, violence towards men.

Out magazine, you should be very proud of your choice. Really.

Like she’s done with gender throughout the album, Perry starts putting gay people into boxes. If you’re gay, you must be driving electrical cars and vegan. You must be wearing more makeup than her. You must be more interested in myspace than anything else. And the list goes on.

It’s one big insult wrapped into one song.

Oh wait—did I say that “Ur So Gay” was the last insulting song? I kind of lied, but I won’t go into the other insulting song in much detail. A quick premise of the non-single “If You Can Afford Me.” Basically it’s what the title suggests. Ms. Perry seems to think herself the “crème de la crop” and admits to being high maintenance, but a guy who dates her is just gonna have to accept that.

Women, in the world of One of the Guys are girly-girls, and if they break against the grain, they’ll find themselves out of luck when it comes to dating and need a complete revamping so they can become super girly. They like pearls. They’re expensive. They’re all about appearance.

Guys, a la One of the Guys are stinky. They want their girls to be homecoming queens and pretty in pearls. They’re expected to indulge in buying their girlfriends lots of stuff if they want to have a relationship. Oh, and if they don’t fall under these preset conditions…they’re gay.

And queer people, what little time they have throughout the album are either a)experimenting but not real—which only applies to women and b)stupid.

Essentially, Katy Perry is the best thing the neoconservative movement could ask for. They just don’t know it.

And by making Perry the cover girl and Musician of the Year, Out has proved that it is little more than a stray dog, grasping at whatever scraps it can get from the oppressive owner.

There is good news. On AfterEllen.com, the nominees for best Lesbian/Bi Musician of the Year doesn’t include Katy Perry. And she’s not listed as under the Best Straight Ally, either. Clearly, not everyone is fooled by the “I Kissed a Girl” image.

 

 

 

This sign isn't nearly as effective as the subtext of Katy Perry's message. If only they knew, they could work together again, like they did before she got famous.
This sign isn't nearly as effective as the subtext of Katy Perry's message. If only they knew, they could work together again, like they did before she got famous.