Is Lady Gaga today’s Alice Paul?

5 Nov

“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 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


10 Responses to “Is Lady Gaga today’s Alice Paul?”

  1. Carol Jamison November 5, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    Another great post Ms. Alcatt! Time to get a little more courageous to be a little more outrageous!

  2. soonie2 November 5, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    I too am going to miss Mumbles Menino, I think he was a great mayor! Very interesting comparison between Gaga and Paul, courageous and outrageous both!

  3. Bruce Thiesen November 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    Election day on Suffragette Kitty, the blog that is full of surprises, brings me my very first Lady Gaga (sort of) video. And the big hair photo from the 1990s too!

  4. Kathy November 5, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    I love u kitty

  5. sued51 November 6, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    I think we will all miss Mayor Menino; he was an exceptional mayor…
    Somehow I think there is a difference between the outrageousness of Lady Gaga vs. the outrageousness of Miley Cyrus…talent perhaps?

  6. sued51 November 6, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    Reblogged this on Sued51's Blog and commented:
    A great post!

  7. Sheila November 6, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    Great photo from those journalism days! We were never that weird back then. 🙂 I don’t know much about Lady Gaga either – except for the meat dress. No matter how strange we might be, we’ll probably never be that strange.

  8. LB November 11, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    Oh I am so sharing this on my FB Page!! How have I missed this!!
    On another note, I live in Virginia … we are only outdone by Texas in harm to women’s issues!

    • louisamayalcatt November 11, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

      Hi LB,

      My pub and I are working an upcoming post re: Virginia, NC and Texas, give us a little time, and stay tuned,

      are you back on your bike? xo LMA

      • LB November 11, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

        Sadly, the bike was totaled. I do plan to ride again, but it’ll be after the new year before I get another. I’m still recovering and have several oral surgeries ahead of me, BUT I return to work in a week!
        By the way, I shared the link and somehow actually know the woman who was involved in making the video! She words for Soomo Publishing! How cool is that?

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