I normally would not touch this subject with a thousand meter pole; ever since we launched Ghion Journal, I have refused to delve into the garbage can of popular culture and sully myself for the sake of more click. However, today I grudgingly trod into the toxic pool of media starlets if only for one objective: to honor women by pushing back against the narrative that is being spun by some quarters in mainstream media that besmirches the reputation of 51% of this world’s population.
First let me salvage some of the standing I am sure I lost with some of my readers as a consequence of this article; your consternation notwithstanding, rest assured that I did not watch the Petri dish that was aired on CBS. I’m not trying to be elitist about this or make it seem like I’m a puritan whose senses are easily offended by debauchery. To the contrary, I have way too many splinters in my eyes for me to judge the plank in the eyes of others when it comes to morality. It’s just that I can only take so much piety and hypocrisy from entertainers who spend their careers lubricating the very engines of injustice they pretend to be outraged over every time there is an award show.
As much as I am repulsed by the fraudulence of Hollywood, Manhattan and DC social just-us warriors, last night’s buffoonery took it to a whole other level of absurdity—so much so that I felt compelled to write about it against my better judgement. What I’m referring to is the freak show wrapped in a minstrel ceremony that Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion treated us to as they set back the struggle for equality by a century in the process. Again, I am not looking at their performance through the prism of purity; when I was their age, I got into my fair share of escapades. Furthermore, I’m currently binge watching Game of Thrones so it’s not like I’m a prude about displays of sexuality.
So then if I am not offended by the carnal nature of Cardi and Megan’s act at the Grammys last night, why feel the need to rant? Simple, what has me exasperated is the storyline that emerged this morning and has been prevalent in a lot of the conversations I’m seeing on social media about their crude set last night. I read it one time and I dismissed it as the blathering of an idiot looking for attention on Twitter. But then while watching the “news”, and by that I mean the corporate entertainment propaganda that is CNN, another person said the same thing. Then I realized that this was not the ramblings of a random nincompoop, it was actually being pushed as a media narrative.
What I’m referring to is the way Cardi and Megan’s scandalous performance was lauded as an example of woman empowerment. At the risk of being called a “mansplainer” by some ultra-feminist, let me state how offensive it is to equate two women putting on a strip show and acting out Karma Sutra positions on a national platform with the essence of womanhood and a form of empowerment. How does playing into the role of sexualized objects that women have been subjected to by men for centuries a show of self-sufficiency? How are two women who are intent on prostituting themselves for YouTube clicks and IG likes put up as examples for girls to follow? Would any one of you reading this article aspire for your daughters to be famous for singing songs about genitalia and humping men and women without bias to be seen by hundreds of millions of people.
The controversial song 'WAP' epitomises the pop-feminist celebration of women who trade intimacy for hypersexual 'empowerment'. But this is a crap deal for women, and framing it as feminist is a grotesque betrayal of our interests. Me at @unherd https://t.co/S7Y7nN9lWj
— Mary Harrington (@moveincircles) August 19, 2020
For ages, women fought to be recognized for who they are instead of being lusted for what they represent. Empowerment was about having the opportunity to break barriers in order to realize their God given potential. How sad then that we devolved to the point where a song called “Wet Ass Pussy” has become an anthem of women empowerment when it’s really a canticle of self-dehumanization. There is a part of me that wonders if I am reacting the same way some duplicitous men reacted when Josephine Baker was pushing the envelope of what is “acceptable behavior” for women in the early to mid 1900’s. Every generation outdoes the previous generation when it comes to sexual mores and gender norms. But at what point will we reach the limit of indecency that is exhibited in the guise of self-actualization?
I once got ridiculed—in reaction to an article I wrote about the power of women called Memo to shE—for stating that women should not measure themselves against men to gauge their success because they have attributes that are greater than ours. All too often, little girls are being conditioned to be “tough like boys” and young ladies brainwashed to “play hardball like men”. Grant it nothing in this world is universal, but for me the strength of women is not their arrogance but their compassion. Sure men bring home the bacon, but it takes the touch of a woman to make a meal out of it, and these days women are bringing home the bacon and cooking it to feed us once they get off work.
This world is burning up set on fire by the pride and aggression of men, we don’t need women to emulate us but to be better than us. In all honesty, it is us men who should follow the lead of women and lead with empathy instead of leaning on bluster. Before I lose a significant portion of the male demographics at Ghion Journal, this is not to say that all men are secretly Dick Cheneys. To the contrary, most men are kind and caring as are most women. I’m referring to the traits that are ascribed to men and women; it is high time to stop indoctrinating little girls with the notion that being loving and giving is weakness. Trying to be the opposite of these perceived vulnerabilities is the reason we are turning into a society of Cardis and Stallions.
What occurred last night in Los Angeles had nothing to do with empowering women and everything to do with enriching two opportunists who are intent on making fortunes using their videos as soft-porn with annoying background music. And no, this is not a byproduct of aging, I am still semi-hip and with it for 46 year old dad. I’m in a bit of a piqued because I see this for what it is, identity politics run amok that uses the pains of the marginalized to splinter society and enhance profits for the debased (I refuse to call them elites). Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion are not paragons of women empowerment, they are oversexed grifters who are raking in the money and making a mockery of feminism. Click To Tweet
The quiet power of women exceeds the loud pride of men::
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