I think we all know by now that that’s not what WAP stands for. This hit song, by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, has caused much controversy since it was released in August. While some praise it for its sex positive messaging, others have crtitcized it for its sexually explicit nature.
These women obviously knew what they were getting themselves into. The song begins with a sample of Frank Ski‘s 1993 single “Whores in This House” almost foreshadowing what’s to come and how the public would react.
Since its release, the official music video has had over 200 million views on YouTube. It’s been the reigning chart-topper for the last 3 weeks in the UK according to officalcharts.com, gaining 60,000 chart sales this week – including 7.9 million streams. WAP has also been a big hit on TikTok with many individuals attempting the WAP dance challenge.
In the song, Cardi and Megan rap about how they want men to please them and use several sexual innuendos. This has led to a lot of men wondering if a “Wet A** P***Y” is what modern feminists should be fighting for. I think the people who question this forget the real definition of feminism. If we look at the Oxford English Dictionary, it reminds us that feminism is “Advocacy of equality of the sexes”.
Men have been explicitly rapping about sexual innuendos for years! We all know that sex sells, this is nothing new and it is not exclusive to rap.
In 2003, White Stripes released the music video for ‘I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself’ which features Kate Moss, dirty dancing in her underwear. Literally, that’s the whole music video. First she dances alone, then she dances on a pole. Yet this didn’t cause controversy?
That’s not to say that music videos weren’t causing a storm back then. In 2004, politicians campaigned to ban the video for Eric Prydz Call On Me, because it featured women in leotards dancing in a sexually alluring fashion, during an aerobics class as the camera lingered on their bodies.
2005, brought us Candy Shop by 50 Cent which was essentially set in a brothel where 50 Cent tries to decide between all the half naked women on offer.
In 2013, Blurred Lines caused controversy for both it’s questionable lyrics and accompanying music video of men in suits and women dancing around them barely clothed.
My question to anyone who has just decided to jump on the bandwagon and agree that WAP is too explicit and basically porographic is: Have you actually seen the video and do you really think it’s really that different to any other R&B, Hip-Hop or Rap genre, which has sexualised women in skimpy clothing dancing proactively for years? Back in 2003, Ludacris released P***y Poppin which is probably THE most explicit music video I have ever seen! It is still available to watch on YouTube, and it is so raunchy, it borders on pornographic. Ludacris is holding a contest to find the women who can pop the best, so as you can imagine, the video features pole dancing, strip teasing and Ludacris surrounded by naked dancers. We can see bare breasts and can easily assume what is on display behind the video blurring effects. If that wasn’t bad enough, there was also even a more explicit version which was shown on BET Uncut and can easily be found with a quick google search.
So for anyone judging WAP so harshly I ask why are you picky? Why does this particular song/ music video bother you so much? Instead of scrutinizing WAP, why don’t you attack the whole industry for being too sexulaised?