WAP: (WOMEN AGAINST PATRIARCHY)

I said certified freak, seven days a week / Wet-ass pussy, make that pullout game weak!

Last Friday, we were blessed with new music from Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion. A song with such flavoursome lyrics, our Instagram captions will stay tasty for months to come! Aside from juicy quotables, the track features some insane visuals, dance moves that should not be tried at home and, a few surprise celebrity cameos. It’s really the icing on the cake of the hot girl summer that never was.

But in the true 2020 fashion- namely this year being a kill joy, Its hard to ignore the backlash this track has been receiving. With many citing it’s lyrics as being too explicit or vulgar; by many, I’m referring to the numerous numbers of men who hold a lot of unwarrented opinions on the the power of the WAP, and those who own it- women. The general opinion amongst critics, refers to the types of topics that female rappers chose to address. They’ve gone further to question the standards that such music sets for younger female listeners; while ultimately blaming Cardi, Meg and others alike for derailing the work achieved by various feminist movements.

I don’t wanna spit, I wanna gulp / I wanna gag/ I wanna choke

So why are you gagging ?

All this negative press leads me to question why people are so disturbed by two black women at the top of their game, showcasing ther talents. I would be remiss, if I didn’t consider the vital role that misogyny plays in fuelling these nay sayers. Once again, society seems to self destruct at the face of women owning and enjoying their bodies. We saw this examplified in Southern African radio stations refusing to play rapper Moonchild’s latest hit single Askies, for celebrating African women’s vulumptious booties and thunder thighs on the track. The prospect of female empowerment comes in many layers, wearing a powersuit and dominating a board room can represent such freedoms for one woman, while throwing that thang in a circle achieves the same result for another. Female sexuality is a spectrum, with many components existing within each other.

Therefore, It is somewhat reductive of the female experience to suggest embracing our bodies and sexuality in music and other platforms is something to be frowned upon or ridiculed. Especially when male rappers have been capitalising on the hypersexualisation of women throughout various industries for decades.

He got some money, then that’s where I’m headed / Pussy A1 just like his credit

It puzzles me to think that in this modern society we live in, female voices – especially those of black woman, are something to be ignored or silenced. Aside from some raunchy, ratchet fun; WAP brings forth two female lyricists being unapologetic about their desires. From A1 credit, to a man who’s been endowed with a king cobra. Society has expressed its discomfort countless times over women being vocal about pursuing men they deem suitable for them. We saw this amidst the whole B. Simone saga, where a female CEO was ridiculed by the court of public opinion, for expressing her wishes over dating a man who matches her financial status.

In most cases, where something rouses anger or discontent it is prudent to ask yourself why. Because it is easy to channel our insecurities or feelings of inadequacy into negativity. Labelling women as thots or gold diggers, for the simply going after what they want- even if its something that you persoanally don’t own or posses. Rap and hip hop culture, in its biased and somewhat negative portrayal of women has had damaging effects from the beginning. Misogynist representation of women as over sexualised objects in music videos has determined the identity, mental and sexual growth and, body image of the 21st century women.

This is not the first time that female rappers have brought some blissful nastiness to a track. The 90s rap scene was the beginning of women’s sexual liberation in music. Depicting the fact that we can be more than just video vixens and that the WAP can indeed grab the mic on its own right! I would like to think that the likes of Foxxy Brown, Lil Kim and Trina walked, so that Thee stallion could run.

In closing, stop trying to police female sexual expression, these freedoms should not hold weight in deciding a woman’s worth in society.

Do continue to drop that thang to this track – it’s good for your sacral chakra!

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