“She’s almost the result of Women’s Lib. We’ve come that far in a way so that we can be and do whatever we want to, even if it is outrageous.”
Emilia Grant on Lady Gaga
Hello and welcome back!
Big happenings in big cities today, as voters flock (hopefully) to polls to cast ballots for mayors and measures.
Here in Boston we bid farewell to Tom Menino, the city’s longest-serving mayor. He’s been in office since 1993, not long after my pub’s son was born. Here is a photo my pub took sometime in 1995 or whenever red spandex and big hair were the rage. The little guy out front is her son and the old guy in front of the trolley and behind the Patriots cheerleaders is Tom Menino. The one with the giant crown is Miss Massachusetts, who taught my pub the royal wave. (It’s all in the wrist.) The others are local media personalities.
My pub was on assignment back in her journalism days and took the little Celts fan along, vying out of the latch-key child alternative. Oh, the perils of working mothers. She snapped this photo noting how oblivious the little guy was to the events of the day. One wonders where his focus would be today.
We are no longer registered to vote in Boston, but if we were, my pub would be happy to cast another vote for Menino. We think he did a standup job, especially in a city that has had its issues. But he’s not running for a sixth term, so that takes care of that.
Meanwhile, on the subject of voting. we are thrilled to broadcast this educational video by soomopublishing.com. Here, writer Emilia Grant encapsulates the story of passionate suffragette Alice Paul to the tune of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.”
Alice Paul was a bit outrageous in her day. She was so focused on women getting the vote, and ended up serving time in jail and an insane asylum. Alice Paul’s publicity stunts, i.e. silently protesting in front of the White House, and rebellious nature could be compared to Lady Gaga.
My pub and I happen to love Lady Gaga. In full disclosure, we really don’t know much about Lady Gaga. Before discovering this video, we didn’t even know the name of this song, which we’ve rocked around the kitchen to (when nobody else was home). We have since learned that Lady Gaga is able to walk in funky shoes, has a meat dress, is a strong advocate against bullying, and likes to make an entrance by hatching out of a giant egg.
We love her even more!
Emilia Grant sums Lady Gaga up while comparing her to Alice Paul. “She’s almost the result of Women’s Lib. We’ve come that far in a way so that we can be and do whatever we want to, even if it is outrageous.”
Be outrageous, xo LMA