Nicki Minaj and “Anaconda” Are NOT Feminist

Do you want to know what is the most infuriating thing as a sex-positive feminist? People confusing sexual marketing for sex-positive feminism.

Female rapper Nicki Minaj has been stirring up controversy lately with her latest single Anaconda, where she is supposedly (I personally see little difference from her usual schtick) more sexual in her verses and her video then ever before.

Rather than writing her off as another sad example of the trope of sex obsessed rap music though, it seems that people have been flocking to her defense and justifying the existence of Minaj’s new single by claiming it’s a feminist rallying cry.

… We ARE listening to the same song here, right? I mean, I listened to the whole thing from start to finish multiple times and the only message I got from her was, “I can use my booty as a bartering chip to trade for anything I want.”

I guess you could make the argument that if men are foolish enough to be stupefied by T&A, then they deserve to have a beautiful woman fleece him out of everything he owns. But, on that same note, it shouldn’t be the only thing that a lady (or even a man for that matter) should aspire to. What about getting an education? Are you not interested in becoming a respected player in a high-powered field of business? No, you’re content with being your sugar daddy’s sex toy? Okay, your loss then.

More annoying are the people with the gall to claim that Minaj’s blatant sampling of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s Baby Got Back is her taking back the song for women and that it was one of the most sexist moments in music history.

As I briefly observed in my article on one-hit-wonders, Mix intended Baby Got Back as an indictment of the fashion and media industries and their narrow minded, sexist, and even racist standards of beauty.

Now, one could claim that Mix was just trading one standard of beauty for another. However, you could also see how other songs, including Anaconda, are even more guilty of that accusation. Plus, any song whose verses include, “I’m tired of magazines / Sayin’ flat butts are the thing,” and, “So, Cosmo says, ‘You’re fat.’ / Well, I ain’t down with that,” is clearly out to make a change.

Do you want to know who the REAL sex-positive feminist icons of music are? Because they aren’t difficult to find.

Meghan Trainor released a single recently about defying the standard of beauty that was handled expertly and was really catchy at that.

One-hit-wonder female rapper Tweet did a whole song with Missy Elliot about how important, natural, and healthy female masturbation is.

And speaking of Missy, she made an entire career out of the phrase, “I have a vagina, I don’t fit the standard, and I’m sexually active; deal with it.”

My point is this; there is a very broad and visible line between using your sexuality to deliver a positive message and being a literal corporate whore and, honestly, Nicki Minaj is either not smart enough or too lazy to be the former.

Also, it’s hard to take any perceived sex-positive message seriously when it comes from the mouth of a woman that lied about her sexual preferences to sell more records.

Bottom line (no pun intended), I don’t appreciate someone literally sticking their thong-clad butt in my face only to figuratively fart in it.

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9 thoughts on “Nicki Minaj and “Anaconda” Are NOT Feminist

  1. Great article my only critique is that Megan Trainor didn’t do any better of a job than Nikki did. The only message I got from all about that base was that I should be happy with my curves because boys like it. She also knocked on skinny girls for the sake of her argument. Both nikki and meg trainor failed at feminism.

  2. Did we really need a male voice over in the song declaring his approval for a specific bodily attribute for it to be alright while degrading another? When will this crazy ‘I love my body as it is (because the boys say it’s hot therefore it’s my power)’ stuff be over? We need women who love their bodies apart from male approval / disapproval to be modelling self acceptance for girls. Who cares what his anaconda wants???

    The music clip was so p-rnified and strip cultured that it lost my respect from the beginning, so done already. We need creativity not boring boring boring rehashed shock factor tactics to get famous! So common I’m over it…

    I enjoyed your post, really got me thinking if this clip is considered feminism I m really confused. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    • Also, I think she’s just contributing to expanding what Tina Fey describes as the overwhelming and up achievable laundry list of what women ‘should’ be like to be acceptable. No feminist there.

    • It’s not so much how values herself (if a person’s locus of identity demands approval of others, that’s their choice), it’s the idea that she’s saying it’s the only way to find value in yourself that bugs me.

      I’m also bored with over-sexualization. If there were a decent message about sex attached to it, I’d forgive it. But as is, it’s just titillation for titillation’s sake. Nothing to digest, nothing to feed the mind; mental malnutrition.

      Glad you enjoyed the read. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Role models I look up to include classy individuals such as Phyllis Hyman, Etta Jones, or Etta James. No need to gyrate your body or over sexualize yourself to make a statement. I prefer class and respect of one’s self. Phyllis Hyman was pure class and magnificent on the stage. Sure we are sexual beings and there is good cause for being body positive and sex positive. But we have little girls out there who will think that their worth is in the breasts, butt or how the perform in bed. Beauty, brains, class, and respect for yourself will get you further. Listen to what Areatha said – RESPECT!

    Ms. Minaj is not a feminist in my book. I don’t like her shaming skinny girls either. I am naturally petite and have been hyper athletic my whole life. This is the way I am please don’t shame my body.

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