Nicki Minaj is not a woman who easily slides into the roles assigned to women in her industry or elsewhere. She’s not polished, she’s not concerned with her reputation, and she’s certainly not fighting for equality among mainstream second-wave feminists. She’s something else, and she’s something equally worth giving credence to: a boundary-breaker, a nasty bitch, a self-proclaimed queen, a self-determined and self-made artist. She’s one of the boys, and she does it with the intent to subvert what it means. She sings about sexy women, about fucking around with different men. She raps about racing ahead in the game, imagines up her own strings of accolades, and rolls with a rap family notorious for dirty rhymes, foul mouths, and disregard for authority and hegemony.
While Beyoncé has expanded feminist discourse by reveling in her role as a mother and wife while also fighting for women’s rights, Minaj has been showing her teeth in her climb to the top of a male-dominated genre. Both, in the process, have expanded our society’s idea of what an empowered women looks like — but Minaj’s feminist credentials still frequently come under fire. To me, it seems like a clear-cut case of respectability politics and mainstreaming of the feminist movement: while feminist writers raved over Beyoncé’s latest album and the undertones of sexuality and empowerment that came with it, many have questioned Minaj’s decisions over the years to subvert beauty norms using her own body, graphically talk dirty in her work, and occasionally declare herself dominant in discourse about other women. (All of these areas of concern, however, didn’t seem to come into play when Queen Bey did the same.)
skinny people mad over nicki minaj’s lyrics, please multiply your feelings by 24/7 and then u will perhaps understand a little bit what thick girls may be going thru when your bodies are the ones that are served in stores, represented, desired and glorified……you can cope with 1 song not about u…………….we can do it together. i believe in u
there is this post going around here about the “first amendment area” in ferguson….but we should clarify here. any major media story has a corral for protesters. it’s usually right out of the main action and definitely out of camera shot.
so, that’s important to know . the media has never and will never respect your first amendment rights (but within reason, because they are a corporation…that’s another discussion for another time).
“Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to was never there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it. Where is there a place for you to be? No place… Nothing outside you can give you any place… In yourself right now is all the place you’ve got.”—Flannery O’Connor (via reallymadscientist)
why do people make shit arguments against queer representation by saying things like “the percentage of lgbt people in the population isn’t that high” well neither is the percentage of vampires but we see plenty of them in our media dont we
i watch a lot of vampire tv. so trust me on this one. the people who write these shows and movies are ALWAYS using vampirism as a metaphor for otherness and do so by using white, cisgendered men. like. this isn’t almost always this is ALWAYS. literally 0 exceptions.
i know everyone knows that, but i’m feelin v. angry about media rn
“Young people who are already considered vulnerable, such as homeless youth, those involved in the juvenile justice system, orphaned youth and those having experienced conflict situations, are often more susceptible to stigma and other barriers, leaving them even more adrift when they are most in need of support. Let us remember that with understanding and assistance, these young people can flourish, making valuable contributions to our collective future.”—Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on mental health and stigma for the 2014 International Youth Day
all this outpouring of grief for one actor. where were y’all for michael brown? renisha mcbride? the genocide victims in burma, gaza, and near iraq? not to detract from mr. williams’s legacy (may he r.i.p. of course) but… where are YOUR priorities? who do you…
i like to stay away from really any sort of deep subject on my blog, but guys this is important. the person who replied first here doesn’t really seem to understand that the news coverage for these other victims is in direct competition with the news coverage for williams. in fact, his death crashed the TMZ servers earlier today. You know whose deaths are not breaking down servers and taking over media platforms…see above for list.
this is really wonderful opportunity to speak on a lot of issues, including the psychosocial motives behind why we consider celebrities so close to us and dissecting the way media plays a part in this.
i just want to note that tomorrow is the UNs International Youth Day [x] which focuses on mental health and children and adolescents. Remember children in regions with heightened violence, children with reinforced negative self perceptions and children in impoverished areas are more susceptible to mental illness. i wanted to make a note of this bc it’s something v. close to my heart.
I think an upside to Williams suicide, which i note with only the upmost respect for him as an individual and great sympathy for those who loved him, is a heightened awareness of suicide prevention and mental illness. Don’t forget that while these can affect anyone, the people listed in the original post are those who need help the most.
Long story short. This is a competition for attention and awareness.