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In August 2020, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion broke streaming world records with their rap duet "WAP". Its critics point to its allegedly raunchy video and lyrics, calling its proud descriptions of female arousal as morally corrupt, anti-feminist and grotesque. Others say that lyrics such as “I said certified freak, seven days a week” are liberating; that they reclaim female sexual agency and empower marginalised groups.

WAP represents a crisis in feminism Show more Show less

Both WAP's video and the lyrics perpetuate degrading ideas about women, their role and value in society.
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WAP reinforces patriarchal ideals

WAP gives credence to misogynistic perspectives by sexually objectifying women.


Several of the lyrics refer to aggressive acts ("I wanna gag, I wanna choke" and "I'm lookin' for a beatin'" – arguably, that last lyric does continue into the line "In the food chain, I'm the one that eat ya" but in isolation it suggests violence) that encourage the subjugation of women and that can happen non-consensually IRL

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The video offers up titillation that seems to play to the male gaze

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Rejecting the premises


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