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New Faculty Colloquium: Michael Johnson

Fri, October 10, 2008 | GAR 2.108

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

My Lady Dumps

When electro bad girl singer Peaches posted her parody of Alanis Morissette's parody of (Black Eyed Peas singer) Fergie's hit song "My Humps"--entitled "My Dumps"--the YouTube community got a notion for the critical power of shit to reveal ideologies at work both in Fergie's self- commodification and in Morissette's (privileged white) feminist critique of Fergie's commodified "lady lumps." By converting the song's refrain from, "my lovely lady lumps" to the absurd, but queerly resonant, "my lovely lady dumps," Peaches forces her audience to think about the relationships between women and commodity, and between the feminine and the excremental, which I will consider in light of Lacan's discussion of the excremental courtly Lady in his seventh seminar.

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