The release of Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” has been surrounded by as much hype as it has controversy. A glimpse at the comments on the YouTube video (now at 200 million views and counting) sees a disproportionate mix of either rap brilliance revelry, or outright racism and misogyny.
The latter is too often at the dearth of creativity, and lacks any intelligent engagement with what Nicki and “Anaconda” represents: a manifestation of Nicki Minaj reclaiming otherwise commodified and hyper-sexualised bodies, and the appropriation of twerking laden in pop music over the last year (what up, Miley Cyrus and Iggy Azalea).
It focuses on a nuanced representation of Black and Wom*n of Colour bodies, specifically within the framework of the White, Capitalist, Heteropatriarchal music industry that too often necessitates the objectification of the female body to achieve success.
Nicki Minaj is decidedly sexy and exercises autonomy over her body and sexuality in a public sphere that persistently polices black wom*n’s expressions of sexuality…
Keep reading… It gets worse: …hostility and speculation reifies the ‘politics of respectability’…Respectability politics itself originated as cultural, sexual, domestic, employment and artistic ‘guidelines’ or ‘rules’ for racially marginalised groups to follow…a further gendered aspect…sexism impacts White wom*n’s lives…anti-black and sexist, and codifies how black wom*n and wom*n of colour…stems from a social pedagogy of racism and sexism…Her boy-toy Troy and the dude named Michael do not appear in the video…“Anaconda” is an unabashed sex-positive statement about a woman being in control of her body and sexuality…playing into the same dominant narratives about wom*n’s sexualities that perpetuate victim-blaming, slut-shaming, and the subordination of wom*n. It creates an unnecessary and unproductive binary…She offers a spectrum for Wom*n of Colour sexuality in an otherwise dichotomous slut-virgin understanding of it…
Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is an American rapper, singer, song-writer and actress. Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York, Minaj received public notice after releasing three mixtapes between 2007–2009. She signed a recording contract with Young Money Entertainment in 2009.
Anyone have any clues about the spelling “wom*n”? Makes The Guardian look boring and sane. Raise the voting age to 25 ASAP.
Brainstorm! “Wom*n” is used to avoid writing “men”.