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. She sings about sexy women, about fucking around with different men. She raps about racing ahead in the game, imagines up her own strings of accolades, and rolls with a rap family notorious for dirty rhymes, foul mouths, and disregard for authority and hegemony.
While Beyoncé has expanded feminist discourse by reveling in her role as a mother and wife while also fighting for women’s rights, Minaj has been showing her teeth in her climb to the top of a male-dominated genre. Both, in the process, have expanded our society’s idea of what an empowered women looks like — but Minaj’s feminist credentials still frequently come under fire. To me, it seems like a clear-cut case of respectability politics and mainstreaming of the feminist movement: while feminist writers raved over Beyoncé’s latest album and the undertones of sexuality and empowerment that came with it, many have questioned Minaj’s decisions over the years to subvert beauty norms using her own body, graphically talk dirty in her work, and occasionally declare herself dominant in discourse about other women. (All of these areas of concern, however, didn’t seem to come into play when Queen Bey did the same.)Nicki Minaj’s Feminism Isn’t About Your Comfort Zone: On “Anaconda” and Respectability Politics | Autostraddle (via becauseiamawoman)
scarnova said: Ghazan's death in the finale really hit me hard, because in previous episodes he seemed pretty happy talking with Bolin, and when he found out Bolin can lavabend, he seemed sort of proud of him, though it might be because he had a challenge this time? I just feel like if Ghazan didn't do what he did at the end, he probably could have been good friends with Bolin imo.
Pretty much all of the Red Lotus’s deaths were heartbreaking to me. I often find that the antagonists in Korra are very layered and interesting until the finales, when they transform into BIG BIG BADS and are taken down with no remorse. But P’li and Zaheer? Their love story was nice, and the hint that Zaheer saved her from a career path was something I wanted to learn more about. Ming Hua half in the water after her electrocution was poignant and so, so sad. And Ghazan had lots of character for the amount of screentime he had. I wish we could’ve had these guys around for longer.