(￣▽￣)ノ - we don’t talk but hi~
(●⌒∇⌒●) - you fab, senpai
(◕‿◕✿) - you’re cute
o(╥﹏╥)o - you make me nervous
(´ε｀ )♡ - i want to kiss you
ヽ(‘ ∇‘ )ノ - i want to hug you
ヾ(-_-;) - you’re annoying
(>д<) - why won’t you notice me???
(¬д¬。) - i don’t like you, go away
(*´ｪ｀*) - i’m too shy to talk to you…
(´･ω･`) - ((anything you want to say/ask))
If Kristen Stewart can lose her job, risk losing her entire career, fanbase, and respect over cheating on her boyfriend, the fact that Chris Brown is still acknowledged and celebrated is a fucking crime. If you want a prime example of women’s inequality in the media, there it is.
*Sings from the roof tops* THANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU~!
Fucking. Seriously. Right. On. Point.
I am not saying women can’t shake their asses in a music video. I’m not saying Minaj isn’t embracing her sexuality, because she is. Honestly I would have not given two shits about this video, because I don’t care for Nicki Minaj or a lot of contemporary rap (which doesn’t make me better or worse than anyone regarding my musical tastes, I am just saying I’m very ambivalent towards the topics of them usually). But the fact that everyone is lauding the video as an empowering celebration of black female sexuality and is even feminist makes me screech with unholy rage.
Two scenes in video that is an EXACT replica of every other objectifying, sexist piece of shit that made me feel uncomfortable as a young girl watching music videos do not negate the fact Anaconda is completely and 100% full of male gaze, pandering to straight male viewers, and just a reflection of the sexism engrained in hip hop. The video is visually and thematically NO different from Mystical’s Danger, Chingy’s Right Thurr, anything by Too $hort, or the countless number of objectifying, sexist hip hop videos, save for its absence of men.
Minaj featured faceless black women reduced to nothing but their body parts. It doesn’t matter that she is black and a woman. It doesn’t matter if she teases Drake and symbolically emasculates the banana. It doesn’t fall under Poe’s Law as a thinly veiled piece of satire or insightful commentary on hip hop culture and sexism. I won’t go as far to say that the video itself is sexist. It is a depiction of black female sexuality, but “positive’ and “empowering”? Not so much. IMO, it’s an example of how black women are still brainwashed by the misogyny and sexism of the male-centric hip hop industry.
There are way better articles than this one but for anyone that is just absolutely ignorant about the history of misogyny in hip hop (because apparently a lot of people are), at least go read this Wikipedia entry on the subject. Sexism is deeply engrained in hip hop. And not just in the minds of men, but women as well. Just like people forget that women can also be sexist and misogynistic, people seem to forget that black people can also perpetuate racism, sexism, and objectification among their own. I recognize that a lot of people are afraid to discuss these sorts of issues because they don’t want to step into being offensive or misinformed, but the solution is not to “praise the problematic” and completely ignore or snark the criticisms.
The icing on the cake is that everyone is so ravenously furious over recent songs by Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Lily Allen being racist and objectifying by having black (and non-black but people seem to forget that) women twerking in their videos and appropriating elements of urban/hip hop culture. I am not negating all of the criticisms of them and their videos because some of them have good points, but a lot of them are so heavily skewed, biased, misinformed, and flat out assuming that it just comes off as this knee-jerk response based on a very ignorant (IMO) perception that any time anyone non-African American (white) remotely even hints at something stemming from African American culture, they are a conscious, intentional racist.
The cherry on that icing is that every article and critique I’ve seen lauding Minaj has been by a non-black woman. Like this one. Not saying that their opinions aren’t valid, but they seem to be completely missing the history of misogyny in hip hop and black culture that is still pervasive and how Minaj’s video just totally fits right into it. How about asking how black women feel? About asking someone who has extensive scholarly knowledge of hip hop and sexism? The “Defend the PoCs!” mentality of “White Feminists” and those involved in social justice often neglects to listen to the perspectives and opinions of those that belong to these cultures, arriving to their own opinions and conclusions about how they feel and basing their criticisms solely on that.
To end my ramble: Minaj might be a feminist, but this video is no feminist anthem, nor has it ended the objectification and sexualization of black women. If anything, it’s going to perpetuate it. She is trying to make sure she has the attention of her straight male fanbase (and the world) by being provocative. I’m not going to say this is “wrong”. But, c’mon. Let’s call a spade a fucking spade.
So one time, one of my guy friends said, “I’m pretty sure I’m straight but I’ve never slept with a man so how do I know for sure if I’m not bisexual or gay” and so he actually went and picked up a guy, had sex with him and after ward he said, “Well that was fun but I appear to be straight.” and just went on with his life without making a big deal about his dip into homosexuality and really, I think everybody should be this relaxed about sexualities