The Inquisitir has a picture of Lady GaGa on its website that’s causing quite a commotion on the web, reigniting the rumor that she may be a hermaphrodite. Back in December of 2008, a quote alleged to have come from the mouth of Lady GaGa popped up on the Starr Trash blog. The quote says that Lady GaGa has both male and female genitalia, which would make her a hermaphrodite, but that she is not ashamed of it. There has been no evidence that this quote actually came from Lady GaGa, and the picture of Lady GaGa, while looking a little odd, doesn’t really prove that she’s a hermaphrodite in any way.
Lady GaGa’s quirky sense of style, which rarely includes pants, her huge popularity within the gay community, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton’s obsession with her, and other questions about her sexuality (Is she bisexual? Is she a transvestite? Just type her name into a search engine and check out all of the questions that pop up regarding her sex and sexual orientation) have all made her one of the most unique and most talked-about artists of today. Pair that with extremely successful songs like ‘Poker Face’, and you have a young woman whose celebrity status equals that of someone like Madonna. But, unlike Madonna during her younger days when her sexual exploits shocked her fans, Lady GaGa has a whole blogosphere prepared to start rumor after rumor about her and nitpick over a picture that doesn’t reveal that she’s a hermaphrodite at all. More than likely Lady GaGa is just wearing something wacky underneath her skirt. She’s performed long enough to know what to wear with those crazy, pants-less costumes of hers on stage to keep everything PG.
But what really bothers me about the Lady GaGa hermaphrodite picture and rumor is that there seems to be a negative connotation to this allegation. Just imagine how uncomfortable a hermaphrodite seeing all of the fuss over this picture and video must feel; living as a hermaphrodite cannot be easy, because we’re all taught from a young age that everyone is male and female and our genitalia are a big part of what make us that way. A hermaphrodite may identify more with a male or female, but many of them must have a hard time with dealing with the stigma of being so different from everyone else.
So if by some chance that Lady GaGa is a hermaphrodite, it would be nice for her to speak up about this picture and use it as a way to help anyone else out there who is a hermaphrodite realize that they don’t have to feel insecure about themselves. And even if she isn’t a hermaphrodite, it would be very kind of her to speak out on their behalf, anyway. Too often we attack those that are too different from ourselves, and that blind us to who they truly are. In the case of Lady GaGa, it’s hard to tell who she really is, but her outrageous persona could have something to do with her being a hermaphrodite, if the rumor is true.