“W.A.P.” and The Double Standards That Women Face.
Cardi B. and Megan Thee Stallion recently released the song W.A. P (Wet A** Pu**y). Let’s get this out of the way, the song itself sucks. However, I am not okay with the amount of criticism it has received regarding the subject matter.
In the music industry, women have always been held to a different standard than men, who have been allotted the freedom to choose whatever topic they please in their creative expression. The backlash is vastly disproportionate to the backlash that female artists receive when controversial and racy topics appear in their projects.
YOU HAVE THEM. YOU RAISE THEM.
Popular women are often expected to limit their sexuality and self-expression in order to be better role models for young women and girls when, in reality, parents are the only parties responsible for guiding and raising their children. If you do not feel like what’s out is appropriate for your family, it is your job to sensor what they ingest. It is not the artist’s job to abide by your household rules. The issue lies in the fact that parents are allowing the media and other outside influences to raise their children. Women don’t even realize the pressure they put on each other to take on responsibilities that do not rightfully belong to them. After all, if Cardi B and Megan the Stallion have more say in who your child becomes than you, are you really doing your job?
SO I CAN SLOB ON YOUR KNOB BUT CAN’T HAVE W.A.P?
Let’s ask ourselves, why are we allowed to enjoy songs like Slob on My Knob and Lollipop, listen to artists like R. Kelly (well maybe he isn’t a good example ), and the group Pretty Ricky, but are up in arms with a song like “W.A. P.”? I know! Sexually free women…free women in general, scare the egotistical men in power! Don’t be confused. This is not about right and wrong, this is about fear and control. A woman who cannot be controlled threatens and exposes the not so surprisingly weak egos of men in power. The sad part is, the creators of this patriarchal structure have done such a good job defining what it means to be a “proper woman” that we now do the work progressing this dated ideal for them. With that being said, don’t allow anyone to determine how women “should” behave. We have the inherent right to be exactly who we want to be. After all, in the words of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, “well-behaved women seldom make history.”