This is a great essay about the Lana Del Rey backlash, with a solid deconstruction of this elusive “femininity,” giving good basis for why I think that word is misused and misunderstood.
“By femininity, I am not talking about what women are, but rather about all that we expect women to be. The debate over Lana Del Rey’s authenticity is interesting to me because it speaks to the lack of authenticity inherent in the definition of the feminine.”
“Although both the feminine and the masculine represent social constructions, detached from the realities of who people are, it is important to realize that we attach to femininity a series of external, and therefore performable, qualities…”
So it’s kind of weird that people are now quoting me about hating Lana Del Rey. I don’t actually hate her, although I know a lot of people who do. Actually, I can count the number of people I hate on one hand—and none of them are pop stars.
The piece that I wrote about Lana Del Rey many months…