August 7, 2011

Gaga gone Drag and the release of the "You and I" album cover

Hey there gender blenders,

Lady Gaga recently released the album cover for her "You and I" single. So, who is this guy?

Isn't Gaga always on her album covers? Well, yes. And she is in this case too. This Jo Calderone fellow is actually Gaga gone all boy-tastic on us. Want some more?

When Gaga announced the album cover release on Twitter she wrote, "You will never find what you are looking for in love, if you don't love yourself." Because Gaga is simultaneously giving us images of herself performing gender as a man, she is more clearly defining self-acceptance to include a fluid vision of gender.

What do you think of this new incarnation of Gaga? I have spent a good deal of time wondering about her private versus public identities, and have realized that I am probably most fascinated with the reality that I'll never know what the "real" difference and/or similarities between them are.

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