Everywhere hurts, and I can’t do anything about it
Nicki Minaj is not a woman who easily slides into the roles assigned to women in her industry or elsewhere. She’s not polished, she’s not concerned with her reputation, and she’s certainly not fighting for equality among mainstream second-wave feminists. She’s something else, and she’s something equally worth giving credence to: a boundary-breaker, a nasty bitch, a self-proclaimed queen, a self-determined and self-made artist. She’s one of the boys, and she does it with the intent to subvert what it means. She sings about sexy women, about fucking around with different men. She raps about racing ahead in the game, imagines up her own strings of accolades, and rolls with a rap family notorious for dirty rhymes, foul mouths, and disregard for authority and hegemony.
While Beyoncé has expanded feminist discourse by reveling in her role as a mother and wife while also fighting for women’s rights, Minaj has been showing her teeth in her climb to the top of a male-dominated genre. Both, in the process, have expanded our society’s idea of what an empowered women looks like — but Minaj’s feminist credentials still frequently come under fire. To me, it seems like a clear-cut case of respectability politics and mainstreaming of the feminist movement: while feminist writers raved over Beyoncé’s latest album and the undertones of sexuality and empowerment that came with it, many have questioned Minaj’s decisions over the years to subvert beauty norms using her own body, graphically talk dirty in her work, and occasionally declare herself dominant in discourse about other women. (All of these areas of concern, however, didn’t seem to come into play when Queen Bey did the same.)"
1. My back is sore in places I never thought possible
2. I want a bagel but I should settle for these strawberries
3. I think Joc is mad at me maybe, but who knows
4. I’m excited to go back to school, I luv home but school is just 9-months of me time and I thoroughly enjoy it
5. I used to have deeper thoughts, but I feel like nowadays those are missing and I feel weird sad about it.
6. I need to spend more time with Shiloh, and I want her to spend more time with us inside the house
7. I need to stop watching Netflix and I need to start finishing my books
WHAT A GREAT 24 HOURS.
I was awake for 21 of them!
I’m exhausted but wow.
Shoutout to the homies.
Shoutout to everyone.
I luv y’all.
Who knew it was hard trying to fall asleep at 10:54 in the morning.
These morning noises tho.