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Lana Del Ray’s Regression

by Tamara Shayne Kagel

February 3, 2012 | 1:45 pm

Lana Del Ray’s stereotypical, codependent, frivolous girlishness is a regression for feminism according to a new article in the Atlantic.  Definitely worth a read.  Spencer Kornhaber’s contention is that for Lana “in every instance, her stated belief is that without being beautiful, she’s nothing. And what’s really uncomfortable is that she can’t seem to conceive of the world in any other way.”  As a lover of all things romantic, I am too sucked in by her idealistic devotion to her man.  But Kornhaber rightfully points to the fact that Lana may have crossed over from romance to unhealthy obsession.  “We all know people in unbalanced relationships, where one party’s more enamored than the other, but Del Rey sells this problem as not a problem at all—and as inevitably tied to gender.”  Is she redefining being pathetic as the new girly?


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Tamara Shayne Kagel is a twenty-something fixture on the Los Angeles scene currently living in Santa Monica.  Currently, Tamara is a successful freelance writer (just ask her...

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