...is just a girl with a gun.
But it seems that sociology professor Jerry Lembcke disagrees. While guest blogging at the WaPo about a recent Rolling Stone issue, Jerry reveals the extent of his own personal issues by saying things like "Girls with guns, after all, have deeply Freudian implications."
Let's forget for the moment that the items attached to Lady Gaga's brassiere are not actually guns at all but are simply meaningless props - a worn out, usually liberal, trope of using gun or gun-shaped design elements in a pathetic attempt to appear edgy or risqué. (also? I'm not quite sure what all Gaga is trying to tell us here, other than she is a ridiculous poseur with questionable fashion sense and quite possibly the most photoshopped ass in history of magazine covers.)
Anyway, it seems in Professor Jerry's world, a woman with a gun is either a playful little sex kitten suggestively fondling her man's, ahem..."pistol" or a frustrated creature wishing that she could somehow have a "pistol" of her very own - either way, we are symbols. We cannot possibly be real. He even goes so far as to call women with guns "fantasies, women imagined to have the male capacity to project power, warrior women conjured out of men’s anxieties..."
(Me thinks the gentleman doth project too much.)