"The word 'gaga' is a great word. It has a similar sensibility to 'queer.' It's being a little bit off, a little bit crazy. And I felt it was time for feminism to go a bit gaga," says Jack Halberstam the author of Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal and Director of The Center for Feminist Research at University of Southern California.
In a sweeping conversation with Thaddeus Russell, author of A Renegade History of the United States, Halberstam discusses sexual and gender identity, whether the traditional family structure has outlived its usefulness, and what Ariel Castro, Anthony Weiner and the infamous photos from Abu Grahib say about normativity in American culture.