chapter  2
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Not a Piece of Meat: Lady Gaga and that Dress. Has Radical Feminism Survived the Journey?

WithLUCY O’BRIEN

In 1980 the counterculture rock critic Lester Bangs wrote, rather uncharitably, about Debbie Harry:

If most guys in America could somehow get their fave-rave poster girl in bed and have total licence to do whatever they wanted with this legendary body for one afternoon, at least 75 per cent [ . . . ] would elect to beat her up. She may be up there all high and mighty on TV, but everybody knows that underneath all that fashion plating she’s just a piece of meat like all the rest of them.1