Thank you! I’ve been making art since I was very young and have been making it all my life but I only started to look at it seriously (because it was more of a habit than anything) when I was about 14.
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 want a new meme to be people sitting in chairs with their hands to their face like Drake at the end of Anaconda… I wanna see a masterpost of people all over the world doing it in crazy places.
I’m currently in the last few weeks of Yr 11 which only goes for 3 terms out of a 4 term year. I start Yr 12 (which is my last year of high school) in about 3 weeks in term 4. After Yr 12 I’m free / off to uni!
I’m doing so much school work and also preparing notes for exam week… I feel like a superhero — punching out essays left and right, writing up reports like a madman, making PowerPoints like I’m the king of presentations, syllabuses are bowing at my feet.
In 1984, I was 24 years old, and so untalented.
In 2014, I am 54 years old, and getting a bit better.
In 20xx, when I die, it [my art] should be the BEST. (I hope…)
Isn’t it fun when someone is mean to you so you cry and have to leave the room and the assistant principal finds you and when you tell her what’s wrong she is really cold and tells you you’re overreacting and that you’re at fault even though you’re the victim and she invalidates you and everything you say until you have an anxiety attack!? What a hoot :———-)
I have a drawing on the go to sell as an original work — I’m currently too sad to finish it so -watch this space- !! I might also sell some other older works.