"thank u, next” is not just another earworm from a vindictive ex: instead, it’s an anthem of self-respect and growth.
Why don’t more women paint self-portraits? Perhaps it is because women are taught to see themselves in relation to and through the eyes of others.
Ballroom, like so many other forms of art, is learning to come to terms with its traditional patriarchal gender roles while preserving the beauty of its history.
Instead of using the song as a platform to elevate women and their desires, Minaj tacks on the last verse as a disclaimer: this song is only for certain types of women.
“Nina Cried Power” stands simultaneously as an anthem to protest music and as a criticism of the sort of hollow activism or wokeness that dominates media today.
Sometimes, the greatest damage isn’t inflicted in one day, but over a lifetime of having an identity shoved down your throat.