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.
The problem lies with the critics of WAPShow moreShow less
The problem is with the grounds on which WAP is being condemned.
The main critics of WAP are men who are are uncomfortable with sexually empowered women. As these representations enter the mainstream, women are perceived as threat to their own dominance. It is telling that hit songs by men such as "Suck it or not" have not caused such international uproar.