So a lady friend proposed the age-old question regarding awesome female superheroes and the lacking of. Having just ranted at length about the fallacy of Sucker Punch and after spending last night dressed like this:
I reached the conclusion that Mother Monster herself, Lady Gaga, is in fact a modern, badass female superhero. Bonus points for being nonfictional.
Say what you will about her songs, her posturing, her outrageousness or her originality. Everything that has ever been done has been done before and will be done again, and better. That’s not the point. Lady Gaga is not just a pop star or a performer, she IS the performance. She has created an entire existance around her music, her art and her vision. She has abandoned Clark Kent and decided to be Super(wo)man 24/7. Alter egos are for cowards and Gaga is no coward.
Despite her bravery, she has the kind of origin story that’s just as good as Peter Parker’s. Teased and bullied in school for being “too _______”, Gaga found within herself the power of performance. She built a stage, recruited Little Monsters, and reclaimed her too muchness for the power of good. Aside from being a strong advocate and ally for the LGBT community, she is a reminder for all of us freaks, geeks, weirdos and crazies that we are not alone and that we are loved. Can’t think of any superheroes that could pull off that shit.
Several times throughout her set last night she told us how gorgeous we were, how amazing we were and how honored and blessed she is to have us on her side. She said that if she could give it all away and still keep her Little Monters, she would. She said that the Monster Ball was a place where we could fully and truly be ourselves. And that we could create a world where the Monster Ball was all the time - a world where we could be genuine, be safe. That if we could make a superstar out of her, then we could make superstars out of ourselves. That we were on the right track, baby. That we were Born This Way.
I believe her.