I found the photo of Lady Gaga on the cover of Rolling Stones funny as well as confusing. She is wearing almost nothing, what catches the eye is the pair of machine guns she is wearing on her bra and the pair of large shoes. The photo is confusing because it is very feminine but the machine guns are masculine. The two ideas are colliding creating cognitive dissonance for the viewer. Looking at the photo from a symbolic interactionist perspective, she is confusing the audience because she is combining gender roles and symbols. However Lady Gaga says, "I want them to focus on the fantasy of the music." By defining her music and her performance as fantasy it makes the conflicting symbols palatable for the public, becasuse they are only seen as mere "fantasy."
It is fascinating how defining something sets our minds at ease. I found myself trying to analyze the photo, trying to put together all of the content to come to a meaningful conclusion. As soon as she called it fantasy I understood the the reason why it is strange, fantasy is just strange. We are taught as a society to create projections according to the lens of a definition.
thanks to Rolling Stone for the image http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2010/06/21/lady-gaga-its-about-the-fantasy-of-the-music/