Is WAP Really A Feminist Anthem?






The hit song ‘WAP’, which is an acronym for Wet Ass P*ssy, by American Rappers- Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion was undoubtedly the biggest hit of 2020. Even the recent performance of WAP at the Grammys this Sunday was one of the most talked about topics as Cardi and Megan got freaky on stage.  With success came criticism. The song has been one of the most controversial songs since Nicki Minaj’s 2014 release ‘Anaconda’. The song ‘WAP’ itself is bold, sampling from Frank Ski’s 1993 ‘Whores In This House’. In the explicit track, Cardi and Megan rap about their own sexual encounters. On its release, the song immediately gained a lot of heat from people all around the world with just one basic question- “I understand it’s about women being strong and powerful but at what cost? Why are females over-sexualizing themselves?” The song was called controversial by several people saying “this is not what feminism looks like”. Once again, men policing women how and when they should be talking about their bodies and pleasures.

Throughout years, decades actually, since the beginning of rap music men have been rapping about sex and “f*cking b*tches”, the prevalent use of terms like slut, whore and much more; all of it about how men like to have sex. You will also find several songs which just straight-up glorify rape. However, when two women did the same thing for themselves, talking about how they like to have sex , it was called vulgar. Why are men allowed to talk about their sexual pleasures but women aren’t?

In an interview with GQ Magazine, Megan Thee Stallion talked about the backlash her hit song received;

"Some people just don’t know what to do when a woman is in control and taking ownership of her own body. I feel like for a long time men felt like they owned sex and now women are saying, ‘Hey, this is for me. I want pleasure. This is how I want it or don’t want it.’ It freaks men the hell out.”

This couldn’t have been put in words any better. The males being offended over a rap song, and just getting mad to the point where they are ranting on social media about how this is bad representation and not a good role model for young girls. The criticism women receive about making songs about sex, black women to be specific, is huge. Women have always been reduced to an object but now that they are switching the narrative to their point of view, it is now a problem. Really makes you wonder why women just wanting to consent to a physical relationship is a matter of controversy but men making songs about rape and harassment are excused by “men will be men”.

A lot of women also spoke up about they felt degraded about this song and that’s absolutely okay to perceive things differently. However, there are a lot of women who feel liberated by being vocal about their sexuality and there is nothing wrong in it. They take ownership of their bodies, and this song is not the only 'proper' feminist anthem, and it doesn't have to be. So the question of WAP being a feminist anthem depends on how different women perceive it. Feminism is not about telling women to be a certain way but to encourage them to be vocal and confident in their desires and capabilities. 

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