Good question! A lot of people are confused on whether ‘Anaconda’ is a bad thing or a good thing. Nicki’s feminism is all about reclaiming the male gaze. If you watched the video for ‘Lookin Ass' she quite literally shoots the male gaze dead. Here's a killer excerpt from a (rather long) article about her feminism: ”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.” (I really encourage you to read the whole article… it’s a good read!)
About the video, “Minaj is the one in control, and she’s acting on her own sexual desires. She’s simply expressing her sexual desire. Her lap dance is an act of seduction, not of submission. So is the rest of the ass-slapping, ass-sliding, ass-centric hot mess of a video. Making a video about her own ass might seem contradictory to the values of feminism, but if you take a closer look, it’s happening outside of and in defiance of the ideal beauty standards that hold women down and the male gaze that controls their bodies.” In terms of lyrics, she “tears down the age-old objectifying standards that Mix-a-Lot best epitomized” (read more on the lyrics here) in the song ‘Baby Got Back’ which is sampled in ‘Anaconda’.
In conclusion: Nicki is love, Nicki is life.
I haaate so much of the photography I see online / in art school, so much of it is white boys taking film photos of naked girls / girls flashing them / boys skating and honestly it’s so dull and just the male gaze being amplified and validated because it’s shot on 35mm.