I am certainly no authority on other women’s bodies and believe wholeheartedly that women have and should remain in control of their bodies, but I have a growing contention for Nicki Minaj’s remix and video of the song “Anaconda.”
A good friend of mine, feminist, and huge advocate for women and women’s rights shared something on social media embracing this video, and I just can’t help my feelings of disgust towards her point of view. She is incredibly smart and fluent in all matters concerning women so why does she not see what I see watching this video?
I have always taken offense at the representation of women’s bodies in media and in Hollywood culture, but now it’s personal. My friend has bought into this illusion and I’m pissed. Now who is going to be the one at the bar to make it awkward because someone says something sexist and needs to be corrected?
Sure, Nikki Minaj is using her body for expression. However, she is portraying a standard of beauty set by men and perpetuated by men and women. This standard is even more detrimental to and exploitative of black women, and reinforces sexual stereotypes that have historically been used to characterize them. Why do we fail to see this regression, and how long will we as women continue to be convinced that our freedom of expression is hinged upon taking off our clothes and shaking our asses?