Nicki Minaj Doesn’t Like To Label Herself A Feminist And Here’s Why…

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Normally we don’t like to give people a free pass who say they don’t call themselves a feminist, yet believe in and stand for its very definition (the social, political and economic equality of the sexes). It can be very detrimental to everything that feminists are fighting for and it gives the movement a bad name.

But in an interview with Vogue online, it’s clear she isn’t afraid of the term but avoids it for different purposes. She thinks certain words can box her in.

“I think of myself as a woman who wants other women to be bosses and to be strong and to be go-getters,” she said.

Her disdain for the word isn’t because she doesn’t identify as one, but it has more to do with how she has been treated by the movement itself.

“There are things that I do that feminists don’t like, and there are things that I do that they do like. I don’t label myself. I just say the truth about what I feel: I feel like women can do anything that they put their minds to.”

If there is anyone who is used to being controversial, it is Nicki and it’s a bit of a shame to hear her feel like the feminist community hasn’t 100% supported her. In our eyes, for a woman to be a revolutionary these days, especially in the music business, being controversial and sometimes even disliked is part of the game. Not just for publicity reasons, but because it means they are pushing the boundaries and challenging the status quo.

“There are sexual things that I do that aren’t for a man. I feel empowered sometimes by being sexy and being comfortable enough to be sexy on camera—a lot of woman struggle with that. But there are some days that I don’t want anyone to see me. Some days I’m super strong; some days I’m super insecure. But I don’t really identify with any particular label. I just speak my truth and if people like it, they like it, and if they bash it, they bash it.”

When her single ‘Anaconda’ came out in 2014, the accompanying image and music video was heavily criticized by pretty much the entire media as well as listeners. It was easy to get caught up in the hype, but in an interview with V Magazine, she made some undeniably feminist statements which made us respect her even more.

“If a man did the same video with sexy women in it, no one would care. You’re talking about news people who don’t even know anything about hip-hop culture. It’s so disrespectful for them to even comment on something they have no idea about. They don’t say anything when they’re watching the Victoria’s Secret show and seeing boobs and thongs all day. Why? Shame on them. Shame on them for commenting on ‘Anaconda’ and not commenting on the rest of the over-sexualized business we’re a part of. ”

You can’t argue with that! It has been difficult for her because society and the media is so used to putting women in nice, neat little boxed categories and we collectively freak out when someone like Nicki comes along and undoes all those years of conformity.

“It’s frustrating—I won’t lie about that. I do feel like, with me, everybody wants something different. It’s my fault for giving them a lot of different things to choose from so early in my career, but I always felt like a multifaceted human being, and I never wanted to stop on one thing,” she says.

“I like to keep people guessing…I love that people never know what Nicki they are going to get on a particular song. I like bringing out a different side. I think that’s what rappers should do.”

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Vogue’s Alex Frank points out how Pinkprint covers some feminist topics such as abortion, breakups and the use of painkillers on the autobiographical track ‘All Things Go’. Nicki made headlines after admitting she had an abortion as a young woman, but says it was an empowering admission to make.

“A lot of people came up to me after this album came out and said, ‘I thought that I was the only person who was going through this.’ I love artists who take risks—I think they inspire everybody else about horrible situations that no one wants to discuss. While I was doing the album I listened to a lot of Bob Marley songs and I love his approach on relationships. I love that he kind of just was able to speak about painful situations but in a very relatable way.”

Then Alex Frank asks a kinda stupid question, saying: “I think the only woman in the industry who works as hard as you is Beyoncé.” Ok just a heads up Alex, even though Nicki didn’t pull you up about that in her answer, we’ve just gotta point out that you basically shat all over ALL the hard-working women in the music industry who just don’t happen to be as famous as Bey. Maybe re-phrase that next time, mmk?

Nicki was too busy explaining how she has chosen to ignore negative criticism and get on with her artistry.

“I promised myself that when I put out ‘Pinkprint’, I would take some time to live my life and not care what other people said about me. I find that people feel like they know what I’ve gone through in the past two years, and they don’t. I’ve seen so much judgment. I’ve taken so much shit, so much betrayal, and I still remain classy about it,” she explains.

“This year, I decided that I’m going to live my life. Because I love making music but I need to live my life, and I need to realize that people are going to talk about me no matter what. They don’t know who I am. I’m not living my life for social media and people who don’t know anything about me anymore—for them to give me a stamp of approval. It doesn’t matter to me anymore.”

PREACH! If a man were in her shoes there wouldn’t be as much controversy, because it seems like it is an acceptable thing for most male rappers to be controversial. Nicki has more than proved herself as someone who has changed the face of the rap/hip hop genre to make it more accessible for women. If critics don’t like it, they can move on. In the meantime, we’re excited to see how her pioneering creativity and determined attitude is going to raise up a whole new generation of female rappers who aren’t afraid to do what they were born to because of a woman called Nicki Minaj.

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