Feminism and WAP

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Words || Daisy Barltrop

Since 2020 is now no longer a mood, I’ve decided to rename this year the ‘year of WAP.’ Wet Ass Pussy for those who are not yet acquainted with Our Lord and Saviour Cardi B. This song is catchy and it’s entertaining. The costumes combined with the dancing is exactly what we needed this year. Instead of letting women’s rights become silenced due to the global pandemic, this song has brought discussions of empowerment and women’s rights to the forefront of the world’s attention. This is amazing considering how preoccupied the world is with Covid-19. 

This song immediately gets everyone’s attention. When it blasts from the speakers in the room next door at the studio, I immediately start singing along. Yet this song did not have the most positive reaction when it first released- in fact it’s still being described as too explicit and vile. When WAP first came out, all of a sudden politicians and public speakers were revolted by the lyrics and claimed that it ‘set women back 100 years.’ 

Rather, I believe that the way men spoke about Belcalis Almanzar and Megan Pete (the artists) is what sets women back 100 years. People ask me ‘how can women find this song empowering?’ My answer to that is it’s every woman’s choice what they want to do with their body and how they want to make music and perform. That is what is empowering. Women’s rights are being fought now more than ever before around the world. Freedom for women and the ability for them to have a choice over their own body is becoming widely discussed and a global movement. Female empowerment is allowing women to have choices and not live in a world where making a song called WAP leads to widespread negative media attention, countless social media trolls and politicians degrading them. In response, women let’s get nasty. 

If you’re playing WAP and there are people complaining about this song who also listen to other explicit music- play it louder.  We live in a time in history where we can have such in-depth and prolonged discussions online, yet some people can hide behind anonymity and spread hate on behalf of protecting feminism. Allowing male rappers to create explicit music without any controversy, but when female rappers do the same thing there is an outcry. It’s a double standard. I argue that when you assign double standards to women, you’re saying that ‘women can do whatever they want as long as it’s not something I’m personally against,’ and that completely takes away from a women’s choice. 

There are many benefits to social media- it raises awareness, builds communities and we can stay connected. For example, the #metoo movement. However, what there needs to be more of is mutual support and encouraging other women to be themselves and love themselves. Be each other’s cheerleaders. So, let’s get nasty and freaky…or don’t. But either way support your fellow women in the personal choices they make.