The world of entertainment: It is wild, it is crazy, it is fascinating. Some would say that it is simply a distraction from important things, and these folks would be right in one sense. Entertainment is a bright flashing light used to entrance most people. The actual power of the trance state is however, what most people never think about. It is exactly this altered state of consciousness, which marks the true power of entertainment. The trance is used to establish post-hypnotic suggestions in the viewer's (with pop-culture we are talking about mass viewers) mind(s). Culture creation occurs through this method. People soak up all of the "crazy" ideas that are portrayed throughout media, and apply them to their everyday lives. The strange acts of entertainers become everyday events, and become normalized in the process. People begin to emulate them over time.
With that said, let's talk about Lady Gaga. Her ongoing hermaphrodite "publicity stunt" has been raging for quite some time now. Calling it a publicity stunt is only partially correct, just like labeling entertainment a mere distraction is. This article from August, 2009 has a quote from her in which she says,
"I have both male and female genitalia, but I consider myself a female. It's just a little bit of a penis and really doesn't interfere much with my life."
The article goes on to say that her publicist is trying to clean up the mess she made by saying this. The publicist claims that it is ridiculous. The truth is that it may be, but that does not matter. What must be understood about this whole story is that the idea is more important than the reality. Lady Gaga may not be a hermaphrodite in real life, but this barely matters. She is putting the idea that she is into the collective consciousness, or unconsciousness (the mass mind). She is doing this repeatedly, because repetition is a simple way to make people remember something. We've certainly been seeing a lot of Lady Gaga lately, haven't we? Media derives its great power from ideas. The realm of the mind is where it performs its "magic." All of its flashy lights, bright colors, and pulsing sounds are merely sensory bait to get you hooked on concepts. The thought that Lady Gaga is a hermaphrodite is shocking. Is it any wonder that shock rocker Marliyn Manson has come to her "aid" on the rise to fame?
When we bring up Manson, it has to be understood that he has also played with hermaphroditic/ androgynous themes in his work. We have touched upon this point in our article Marilyn Manson - Posthuman, and we have also made this video about his "Omega" character:
Consider the following quote from this article, where Manson talks about Lady Gaga, "She knows exactly what she's doing," Yes, I agree. "She's very smart, she's not selling out... She's a great musician, she's a great singer, and she's laughing when she's doing it, the same way that I am."
Both Manson, and Lady Gaga are very smart. When they portray themselves as androgynous, it is for a very important reason. This is a far-reaching topic that cannot be fully addressed in this short article. The short version of this long story is to say that they are performing highly symbolic occult rituals through their supposed pure publicity stunts. At this point many skeptics would choose to drop off, and hear no more. Some would go so far as to say that there is no such thing as the occult. This is more evidence that shows the true power that the occult has. It bamboozles people. Occult simply means hidden, and it is hidden messages that most of us are missing when we view these shocking and entertaining displays. The symbolic meaning behind them is profound, and ancient. Intelligent people like Manson and Gaga know what this symbolism means, and because of this they laugh at all of you who don't get it. How funny.
Let's get back to some more Lady Gaga hermaphrodite stunts. In late August a photo from her stageshow was released in which she supposedly had a penis. People took the bait and rumored away about this. Is she, isn't she? It doesn't matter! This is about ideas, people! Her own words on the subject were quite interesting, "I'm not embarrassed. I sold four million records in six months; I'm not embarrassed about anything. I think this is society's reaction to a strong woman." A strong woman, this is where things get interesting, "The idea that we equate strength with men and a penis is a symbol of male strength, you know, it is what it is."
Ok, so she's a "strong woman," but what does that even mean? It means that she wields a very powerful culture creating "sword." With every press release her power grows. She is actually using the ancient Hermetic symbol of the Alchemical Androgyne to show this power. What am I talking about here? Well, it takes the "union" of both male and female to create. The sexual creative power depends on both a man and a woman. When this fact is contemplated philosophically, things get interesting. If someone can unite male and female within themselves they have the "godly" power of creation. They don't need anyone else to do it, they merely think of something and will it into existence. This is the power of art. Ideas are "born" in the mind of the artist.
Interesting, isn't it? You better believe that Manson and Gaga both know all about this. They play to these themes knowingly. But beyond the mere philosophical side of the Alchemical Androgyne there is a very real and scientific side to all of this. The transhuman project to completely alter human life ties in directly to it. For those unaware of what transhumanism is watch this quick primer video that i made a while back.
Transhumanism ties into the concept of postgenderism. What the heck is that? Basically, it is making these androgynous ideas a reality. This is a "godlike" project if ever there was one. To "go beyond" male and female by becoming cyborgs, virtual beings, or posthumans of some kind. Postgenderism fits neatly into these transhuman concepts (how convenient). The use of artificial wombs is talked about among this crowd, and YES, the artificial womb is a reality. What would it mean to live in a world in which females no longer have to give birth? How will genetic engineering effect our sexual identities and roles? These are real questions, and they are being addressed by transhumanists now. Read this article I wrote in which I critique a paper entitled "Postgenderism: Beyond the Gender Binary," which was published by the transhumanist organization the IEET.
The strange truth behind all of this hermaphroditic weirdness, is that it ties in directly to the transhumanist project to alter humanity. This is one very large marketing campaign aimed at the ultimate "transformation" of the human race. Marilyn Manson certainly knows this, his song "posthuman" from 1998 called it by name. This is one of the transhumanist movement's major buzz words. The posthuman is what we are to be transformed into through the use of technological "upgrades" like implantable chips, virtual reality, life extension, and brain uploads. Let this article serve as a primer for anyone who wants to learn more about this. Anyone who is brave enough to look will find that these words I write are true. The real question to ask is whether or not we will opt to complete the transhuman project of transformation? (transmutation in the occult tradition) Is that what we truly want? Is the human race being huddled into a collective so that it is forced to make these choices as group decisions? Is the individual being destroyed purposely, and methodically?
Much more about this subject can be learned by reading our upcoming TransAlchemy book. Coming soon...
...until then here is the latest Lady Gaga video to keep all of you pop-culture addicts satisfied: