House3
CLOSE
MENUCLOSE

Cardi B's Sexual Politics Are Personal, Complex, And On-Point

Music
Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images.

Just like her

Cardi B is the March 2019 cover star for Harper's Bazaar and, as is usually the case with her, she's pretty candid. In the interview—my favorite part being that it took place in a nail shop—she talks about the evolution of her career, her journey to motherhood, and even answers questions about the status of her relationship with her estranged husband Offset. But I've found that it's always the minor details that reveal the things I love about Cardi. In this interview, it's a tidbit about why she hasn't yet jumped into a new relationship that sheds light on the kind of sexual politics I wish more people had.

You see, Cardi is caught in a catch-22. For starters, she doesn't know what the future holds for her marriage. "Who knows? You never know, you can never tell," is just one of the responses she offers when asked if her and Offset will reconcile. Moving on to someone else is complicated for the young rapper. Dating anyone else in the industry is a little too close to her ex, while dating someone who isn't in the industry comes with the strong possibility that her lifestyle—which involves frequent travel and lots of extra eyeballs—would add a strain. Furthermore, she's wary of anyone who assumes she's even ready to date so soon after her marriage has hit the rocks. So, she's chilling right now and ignoring all of the DM date propositions.

When her nail artist, Jenny Bui, suggests that Cardi is old-fashioned for waiting it out she says, "Just because I'm out there and very sexual doesn't mean that I have to be whorish. I like to have sex. That doesn't mean I have to have it with everybody." After a noted pause she adds, "Not that I judge women who want to have sex with the world."

Anyone who has ever taken an intro to feminism course has heard the old adage that the personal is political. It's still true today, however, an ideology around sex that is founded on the very basic belief that what works for our personal needs may not be what's best for everyone else is necessary. Cardi gets that. Her needs are specific, her desires are specific, and she can articulate both without condemning those who don't share them. We need more of that energy.

Screenshot via YouTube

"I Fell In Love With A Devil" is tragic and totally gorgeous

Avril Lavigne's latest music video is all the aesthetic inspo my fellow goths need to brood in style all summer long. From her latest album Head Above Water, the visuals for single "I Fell In Love With The Devil" see Lavigne driving the hearse to her own funeral and playing piano in a barren forest. If that's not peak goth, I'm not sure what is.

Keep reading... Show less
True
FROM THE WORLD WIDE WEB

The 'Alice in Wonderland'-esque film also stars Awkwafina, Danielle Macdonald, and Milla Jovovich

If you were wondering what Emma Roberts was up to between seasons of American Horror Story, now you know. Today the trailer for the Roberts-starring forthcoming film, Paradise Hills, was released, and it looks just as creepy as Ryan Murphy's cult horror show.

Keep reading... Show less
Photo via @fentybeauty on Instagram

According to the lawsuit, Fenty Beauty's e-commerce is not accessible to all customers

Fenty Beauty has been served a lawsuit for intentional discrimination due to the current accessibility (or lack thereof) of its e-commerce site. Per The Fashion Law, Rihanna's LVMH owned-brand is one of many that have come under fire for not being compatible with software commonly used to provide access to blind individuals.

Keep reading... Show less
True
Asset 7
MORE in VIDEO
Photo by Shutterstock.

We also got some validation on that Princess title

On Sunday evening, the Queen of the United States met the first Black Princess. Neither of these titles is technically correct, but when it comes to Beyoncé and Meghan Markle, I said what I said.

Keep reading... Show less
True
Photo via Broadimage/Shutterstock

Twitter is already obsessed

Captain Marvel actress Lashana Lynch has been cast as the newest 007 agent, according to a report from The Daily Mail. If it's true, it'll be the first time that a white man won't play the main character in the film franchise's history. Twitter is celebrating the casting as a huge step forward, and we totally agree.

Keep reading... Show less
True