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Lady Gaga says the music industry is hard, sexist and full of sharks

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The music industry has double standards
for women, and Lady Gaga's faced them

Lady Gaga may enjoy superstardom now, but at the beginning of her career, things were not always so easy. The star claims to have had awful experiences with men in the music industry who were trying to take advantage of her.

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Now, the "Bad Romance" hit maker wants to make it clear to other young women that it is not OK to feel pressured by men into doing something that would make them feel uncomfortable.

During an interview with The Times, via The Mirror, the singer revealed, "I've had really awful experiences with men in the studio. Made me very uncomfortable. I didn't feel like I was being cherished for my vocal talents but was seen more as someone to take advantage of."

Confirming that these advances were, in fact, sexual, Gaga continued to shed light on the darker side of the industry, saying, "And I don't have to elaborate, but when women who are in the business that are young read this article I hope (they realise) (sic) that you do not have to put up with that."

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"And I hope to be an inspiration that if you're talented enough, you can work hard and achieve your dreams," she said.

The singer went on to explain that the industry is full of "sharks" and that women need to stand up for themselves.

"It's very hard, this business, and there are a lot of sharks. I wish to set a good example. That's why I'm so honest, because I don't want to give this impression that this was handed to me on a silver platter. It was certainly not like that ... I'm certainly a feminist."

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"A feminist to me is somebody that wishes to protect the integrity of women who are ambitious. A feminist in my opinion is somebody that regards that women have strong intelligence and wisdom. That we are just as great as men — and some of us can be even better."

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