Oh no! I’m sorry I missed this before. How sweet!
Um ummm - ok here we go!
1. My hair is soft and curly like reddish/goldish/chocolate-colored pillow stuffing - makes an excellent cushion for napping, bounces when I walk, and catches the sunlight MAJESTICALLY.
2. My two front teeth have a gap that I used to be shy about… But now know for a SCIENCE FACT is both cute and memorable.
3. I am getting pretty good at drawing real people’s faces and gestures! (Send me a picture if you would like a stylized portrait of yourself or your favorite character!)
4. I am pretty good at writing poetry and rhyming lyrics… I like to think I would be a pretty good bard/keeper of earth’s cultural memory in the post-apocalypse. “Gather round, my children, and I shall sing you a song of Earth-That-Was: The Ballad of Nicki Minaj.”
5. I know lots of stuff about things! More specifically, I am super passionate about a variety of subjects - art, music, fashion, astronomy, geology, chemistry, microbiology, paleontology, etc. - and have spent a lot of time soaking up as much information as possible to fuel that passion. I am also super susceptible to other people’s passions - if you think something is rad and you tell me about it, I am going to think it’s rad and tell more people - so I am always excited about life and hungry to learn more things!
I’ll message my ten nominees privately!
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.)By Nicki Minaj’s Feminism Isn’t About Your Comfort Zone: On “Anaconda” and Respectability Politics | Autostraddle (via becauseiamawoman)
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take care, T-C-B