The narrative of dismissing and invalidating Black womens’ trauma needs to end.
If you’re active on social media, you’ve probably seen the recent buzz on Megan Thee Stallion.
'Hot Girl Meg' is almost impossible to miss on today's music scene. Her quick witted bars, entertaining performances and general talent is undeniable.
In fact, her music releases have often had the effect of 'breaking the internet'. In her short three-year career, she has bulldozed her way through the music industry, proving herself with her unique and smooth flow and has secured collaborations with Beyoncé and Cardi B. Known for her confidence and brazen lyricism, she actively subverts the hypersexuality of Black women by actively taking control of her narrative and owning her sexuality.
In an interview with Billboard she champions her feminism saying: ‘
We gotta break these double-standards and allow women to loosen up a bit. We gotta show them that we can do what we want to do how we want to do it. If someone doesn’t like it, they can get to stepping’.
Megan is a standout rapper and public figure and it seems her sound and values will define female rap for years to come. It’s Megan’s time to shine, but the dark cloud of misogynoir still unfortunately hangs over her.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term, misogynoir refers to the overlap of racism and misogyny which specifically affects Black women. Coined in 2008 by Moya Bailey, she describes the notion ‘as a way to talk about anti-blackness and misogyny that black women experience simultaneously’. Whilst misogyny is an umbrella term to describe the institutional and everyday oppression of women and femme identifying individuals, misogynoir points directly to the dehumanisation of Black women. This is often perpetuated through det