Pethokoukis cites cosplay as a bad economic sign, angers nerddom.

http://twitter.com/#!/vqnerdballs/status/520287690873667584

Cosplay is a growing subculture in which people dress as characters from science fiction, fantasy, or comics. Often the costumes can be very elaborate and expensive. The trend originated in Japan and Jim Pethokoukis’ piece at The Week draws some parallels between Japan’s stagnant economy and our own. Using the rise of cosplay as an indicator didn’t go over too well with the fandom.

Does the rise of Japanese-style cosplay in the U.S. portend a Japanese-style economy? http://t.co/zzFUYfdk2e pic.twitter.com/Gz86C8U1QM

— The Week (@TheWeek) October 9, 2014

My twins, 17, in a tizzy bec they think they're bane of anime community due to this article written by their dad. http://t.co/v4BzsFcdGW

— Colette Moran (@ColetteMoran) October 9, 2014

Shorter: Nerds are playing dress up. Ergo, the economy is doomed. http://t.co/CsEj4j5Eju

— Jon Terbush (@JonTerbush) October 9, 2014

This is all true because most can't make them outfits unless they got someone else financing the habit RT @ANN_Bamboo http://t.co/sqzANo6cZB

— Daryl Surat (@DarylSurat) October 9, 2014

Cosplay allows us to simultaneously attack the president on the economy & gripe about kids these days http://t.co/VZuvgm8E3E

— Lauren Orsini (@laureninspace) October 9, 2014

wait back up back up RT @TheWeek: Does the rise of Japanese-style cosplay in the US portend a Japanese-style economy? http://t.co/DUx8W2AnIe

— CURSED DJINN (@kmundahl) October 9, 2014

I have found it: the dumbest thing http://t.co/iKXU8OQoqe

— Squarewolfly Boo!ted (@squarelyrooted) October 9, 2014

@ExecutiveOtaku @laureninspace I think he's making a bit of a stretch there

— justaddScott (@justaddScott) October 9, 2014

My friend @LillyInverse's business is predicated on cosplay. Does this guy hate small business in America? http://t.co/IEIDgzEJWC

— David J. Majors (@JustCallMeDjm) October 9, 2014

This is straight up Vox level vapidity it's not insulting but a display of utter ignorance of the subject – http://t.co/KfUAIXYLgh

— alexandriabrown (@alexthechick) October 9, 2014

The 'cosplay is a harbinger of the end of our economy!!' article is the most ridiculous thing.

— Corpse Candles (@GreyWays) October 9, 2014

Um, what? So people spending all that money on the resources to create cosplay costumes is *bad* for the economy? http://t.co/saHFAf53YU

— Mathulhu Fhtwagn (@thisbrokenwheel) October 9, 2014

Not football, nor movies, nor prime time TV, nor Facebook. Not even Tumblr. Nay, it's cosplay that shows the rot in our economy.

— Preston Austin (@gl33p) October 9, 2014

Website doesn't understand what cosplay is, but thinks it's probably a bad sign for "the economy"? http://t.co/ppsqz4s5V7

— BAT youngDARK (@MattYoungmark) October 9, 2014

@JimPethokoukis Please stop throwing blame on a subculture that you don't know and point fingers in the wrong direction.

— Sereboo (@serephita) October 9, 2014

@RoninErik @JimPethokoukis And implying that we're all early 20-somethings just out of college looking to escape our pitiful lives is

— Sereboo (@serephita) October 9, 2014

@RoninErik @JimPethokoukis a huge misrepresentation, and insulting to many cosplayers.

— Sereboo (@serephita) October 9, 2014

Their argument being, of course, that cosplay is popular in Japan and THEIR economy is stagnant, so obviously nerd costumes are the devil.

— Victoria McSpoopy (@vqnerdballs) October 9, 2014

"any rise in people fleeing reality for fantasy suggests problems with our reality” uh oh some1 should probably go tell every novelist ever

— Victoria McSpoopy (@vqnerdballs) October 9, 2014

@vqnerdballs Other things bad for the economy: sushi, bubble tea, cats who are not actually cats.

— Katie Schenkel (@JustPlainTweets) October 9, 2014

@JustPlainTweets @vqnerdballs giant radioactive monsters… That one might actually be no good

— Spooky Philip Lopez (@firehawk32) October 9, 2014

the year is 2026, cosplay has finally destroyed the global economy what little settlements remain are brutalized by roving groups of nerds

— SpookyBOOnit (@RevolverUnit) October 9, 2014

Heh.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/09/pethokoukis-cites-cosplay-as-a-bad-economic-sign-angers-nerdom/

‘The Hunger Games’ lives up to the hype, financially

http://twitter.com/#!/AntDeRosa/status/183752052294422528

It’s one of the most talked about movies in the past decade. Only a handful of filmmakers can say this much anticipation has built up over one of their movies. We are concluding day two of the movie at the box office, with the final day tomorrow. We see now that it has lived up to the hype financially, but it’ll be interesting to see if it will live up to the hype in reviews come monday morning.

Here’s a report of the top single-day grosses of all time.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/03/24/the-hunger-games-lives-up-to-the-hype-financially/

White racialist Joan Walsh decries white ‘race hustlers’ like Limbaugh, Hannity

http://twitter.com/#!/jrsalzman/status/359702650272489474

Joan Walsh made a name for herself by asking “What’s the Matter with White People,” but it’s long past time she sat down and figured out what’s wrong with her. Salon.com’s editor-at-large penned a column this morning to call attention to the “conservative entertainment complex,” consisting of men like Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, and Sean Hannity, whose mission is to gin up outrage against black America on behalf of white people.

http://twitter.com/#!/joanwalsh/status/359694843049553920

Do the race hustle!

An unusually crazed, agitated O’Reilly declared that the plight of black America “has nothing to do with slavery. It has everything to do with you Hollywood people and you derelict parents…Race hustlers and the grievance industry,” he went on, “have intimidated the so-called ‘conversation,’ turning any valid criticism of African-American culture into charges of racial bias,” leaving African-Americans to “fend for themselves in violent neighborhoods.” I can’t wait to hear the ignorant O’Reilly generalize more about “African American culture.”

Walsh also flipped her lid when Limbaugh had the nerve to suggest that President Obama, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Rev. Al Sharpton prefer to govern through “grievance politics.” How dare Limbaugh call out non-white race baiters?! As we all know, race baiting is conservatives’ forté. At least according to Walsh:

This is the new right wing racket. Well, it’s not entirely new – race baiting is an old racket on the right – but the extent to which conservatives are now comfortable telling white people they’re the new victims, in danger of being unfairly prosecuted like George Zimmerman when they should actually be thanked for ending slavery, is unique and brazen and dangerous. We need more Republicans, as well as more media figures, to call it what it is: a race hustle.

Please. Race is only at the forefront of so many people’s minds because professional lefty grievance mongers like Jackson and Sharpton — and Walsh — insist on keeping it there.

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No kidding. Enough already.

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Excellent idea.

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Related:

Joan Walsh accuses Twitchy of ‘ugly racial paranoia’ for reporting riot threats

Salon’s Joan Walsh gives right-wingers tips on ‘how not to seem racist’

Some of her best friends are Hispanics? Joan Walsh calls Ted Cruz a ‘skeezy huckster’

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/07/23/white-racialist-joan-walsh-decries-white-race-hustlers-like-limbaugh-hannity/

‘Bruce Al-Gun-Grabby’ and other suggested hypocrite Jim Carrey films

http://twitter.com/#!/PointlessPol/status/316209075480322049

Heh. As Twitchy reported, gun-grabbing nut Jim Carrey has been on an epic hypocritical tear lately. Here is a refresher of his foul recent acts:

Twitter users, sparked by fierce fighter Dana Loesch, tried to get Carrey to answer some simple questions. He bravely ran away. Another Twitter user created an awesome video that further exposed the actor’s violence-for-profit-embracing hypocrisy. Now, here comes an offering of some suggested new movies for Carrey. Enjoy!

#NewJimCarreyMovie Sanctimonious Rich Boy

— Laura R. Charron (@ConchoQueen) March 25, 2013

With a cameo by Nanny Bloomberg right? RT @conchoqueen: #NewJimCarreyMovie Sanctimonious Rich Boy #TGDN

— Melissa (@MelissaRNMBA) March 25, 2013

#NewJimCarreyMovieMe Myself and I (are the only ones watching my movies)

— End of the Republic (@PointlessPol) March 25, 2013

#NewJimCarreyMovie The Hypocrite and I

— Liars Never Win (@liars_never_win) March 25, 2013

#NewJimCarreyMovieEternal stupidity of the spineless man

— Timothy O’Donnell (@TimothyODonnel2) March 25, 2013

#NewJimCarreyMovie Pretty Girls – rapist in college town piles up the victims prancing through the gun free zone of protection.

— Liars Never Win (@liars_never_win) March 25, 2013

#NewJimCarreyMovie Me, Myself & Irene’s Rape Whistle

— CounterMoonbat (@CounterMoonbat) March 25, 2013

Hypocrite, Hypocrite.(Sequel to liar liar) #NewJimCarreyMovie

— Sequestered Morgan™ (@morgansparhawk) March 25, 2013

Fifty Shades of Liberal Hypocrisy #NewJimCarreyMovies @jimcarrey

— Laura Freed (@heyLauraFreed) March 25, 2013

The Incredible Mr. Insipid#NewJimCarreyMovie

— Sam Valley (@SamValley) March 25, 2013

My Bodyguard #NewJimCarreyMovie

— Sam Valley (@SamValley) March 25, 2013

#NewJimCarreyMovieMe myself & Irate Has-been

— Palate Exposure (@PalateXposure) March 25, 2013

#NewJimCarreyMovie Bruce All-gun-grabby

— CounterMoonbat (@CounterMoonbat) March 25, 2013

#NewJimCarreyMovie – The Incredible Shrinking Fans

— CJSAY (@Sr4liberty) March 25, 2013

That one seems to have already been produced!

Keep them coming, Twitter.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/03/25/newjimcarreymovie-bruce-al-gun-grabby-and-other-suggested-hypocrite-jim-carrey-films/

12 more ways students sabotaged the PARCC field tests

http://twitter.com/#!/CorneliusBayler/status/454808043260497921

As Twitchy told you last week, students have been voicing their irritation, frustration, and aggravation with the costly, experimental, and time-consuming Common Core-aligned field tests piloted by PARCC (the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) over the past few weeks.

As we noted, Spongebob Squarepants seemed to be a popular way to answer PARCC essay questions:

http://twitter.com/#!/SeXYDOUBLEsTuFF/status/451854643996688384

Well, more test-takers took to Twitter to share how they undermined the PARCC field tests. Here are the top 12 ways students sabotaged the pilot exams.

1. They just made random guesses:

http://twitter.com/#!/ImGayGoAway/status/454609203982659584

2. They quoted movies in their English/reading essays:

http://twitter.com/#!/lisacatherinee_/status/454695105656811520

3. They quoted country song lyrics:

http://twitter.com/#!/PlzCallMe_V/status/453738906463133697

4. They quoted rap lyrics:

http://twitter.com/#!/ndrewBailey/status/454395651250720768

5. They wrote in a thug motto:

http://twitter.com/#!/ChrisKlein_/status/455345474112061442

6. Fan fiction came in handy:

http://twitter.com/#!/madison4L/status/453299683105202176

7. So did texting abbreviations:

http://twitter.com/#!/LucyBeizer/status/453209193454272512

8. One student recycled a mock trial paper for his math question:

http://twitter.com/#!/Apretzy/status/454624447904112641

9. And here’s another novel non-math answer for a math question:

http://twitter.com/#!/Little_Zach/status/454401076163121153

10. There’s a test-grader out there who will be treated to an essay about “Henrry the Carot:”

http://twitter.com/#!/FabScarfAlex/status/454594258461147136

11. This guy drew a lot of dots:

http://twitter.com/#!/_MarkFlynn/status/454455122974605313

12. And this test-taker used the open response to give test-makers a piece of her mind about their assessment:

http://twitter.com/#!/asand__/status/454594723504611328

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/04/14/12-more-ways-students-sabotaged-the-parcc-field-tests/

White House-Hollywood industrial complex: Michelle Obama at the Oscars

http://twitter.com/#!/newsbreaker/status/305903982591737857

“Live from the White House, the First Lady of the United States…Michelle Obama!” #Oscars

— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 25, 2013

Photo of First Lady Michelle Obama announcing #Oscar2013 best picture winner from @whitehouse to ARGO. twitter.com/petesouza/stat…

— petesouza (@petesouza) February 25, 2013

I liked a @youtube video youtu.be/9-qTI975nik?a Jack Nicolson and Michelle Obama presents Best Movie Oscars 2013

— andresflava (@andresflava) February 25, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama at the #Oscars! twitter.com/JakeWhetter/st…

— Jake Whetter (@JakeWhetter) February 25, 2013

– Mrs First Lady @michelleobama adding real glamour to #Oscars. #Oscars2013. twitter.com/trendorama/sta…

— Badman (@Call_Me_Biodun) February 25, 2013

You are freaking joking.Michelle Obama shoehorns herself into Best Picture award?(And I’d think this was stupid if it were Ann Romney)

— Mark Davis (@MarkDavis) February 25, 2013

Shark. Jumped. First Lady Michelle Obama announces the Oscar for Best Picture for Argo. Can’t we just have one thing without politics?

— SalenaZito (@SalenaZitoTrib) February 25, 2013

Nope, those days have long passed us by.

@theacademy why?

— Gabe Uhr (@UHR) February 25, 2013

That Michelle Obama thing was entirely unnecessary. #oscars

— Christian Hartranft (@cshartranft) February 25, 2013

Michelle Obama on Fallon and now presenting at the Oscars. I know how PR works; she definitely has an album coming out soon.

— Levi Weaver (@leviweaver) February 25, 2013

That, or another expensive Big Government initiative to roll out.

OK I am done. Just left the room. What the hell? is Michelle in the movies. Just can’t leave it alone.Now a speech. Shut up.

— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) February 25, 2013

Sorry. Just threw up in my mouth.

— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) February 25, 2013

In the future, Michelle Obama will present every award. #obamasamerica

— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) February 25, 2013

GAH!!! Michelle Obama?! Just when I thought there’s was something they wouldn’t be on!! GAH!!!!!!

— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) February 25, 2013

For The First Time In My Life…..I’ve seen the Best Picture Award upstaged by a self-serving White House.

— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) February 25, 2013

I’m a little surprised Michelle Obama didn’t give her husband Best Director for his masterful work on The Sequester. #Oscars

— Jimmie (@jimmiebjr) February 25, 2013

Mrs. Obama’s appearance follows her Friday night dance-off with Jimmy Fallon and her smooch-in with Chris Christie tonight.

Big Government busybodies, busy bees. The White House-Hollywood industrial complex is riding high.

If someone doesn’t get the problem of #FLOTUS involvement in #oscars, they are people I don’t want to talk with.

— Mike Flynn (@Flynn1776) February 25, 2013

ICYMI here’s Michelle Obama presenting at the #Oscars twitter.com/RememberComeNo…

— Tracy Lee (@RememberComeNov) February 25, 2013

Total fusion of media power and government power, what could possibly go wrong?

— DepressiveBlogger69 (@AceofSpadesHQ) February 25, 2013

Re FLOTUS at Oscars: Forget separation of church and state — we need a separation of Hollywood and state.

— Nolan Finley (@NolanFinleyDN) February 25, 2013

Liberal water-carriers for the Obamas rushed to point out that Ronald Reagan appeared at the Oscars. Um, yeah, never mind that he actually made a living as an actor in Hollywood. Derp:

White House defense of FLOTUS’s appearance, if needed: Reagan did it too — first term, at thatnytimes.com/1981/03/12/nyr…

— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) February 25, 2013

@jhf5 @jrubinblogger Gee, John. I’m pretty sure Reagan had been an actor. Made sense for him to be involved w/Oscars.

— Bill Hobbs (@billhobbs) February 25, 2013

@buzzfeedandrew Reagan was an actor & Pres of SAG. An appearance from him makes sense. FDR & M.Obama not so much.

— Meredith (@Mermaz) February 25, 2013

Gigglesnort:

It’s like the Obama’s only do public things the Reagan’s did so that when they face GOP criticism they can just hold up a picture or two.

— Scott Schroder (@keineUmlaute) February 25, 2013

Update: Who arranged the FLOTUS cameo? Lib Hollywood power player Harvey Weinstein.

Who was behind Michelle Obama’s #Oscars appearance? Harvey Weinstein, and his daughter Lilly, THR has learned: hollywoodreporter.com/news/michelle-…

— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 25, 2013

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/02/25/whitehouse-hollywood/

Leave It To A Group Of Brilliant Librarians To Get Me To Open A Book Again. This Is Really Cool.

Redditor botd44 recently shared these pictures made by a group of librarians in the city of Kaposvár in Hungary. The librarians made these clever pictures in hopes of increasing the community’s interest in reading books again. In many ways, it is becoming a lost “art” as the masses let visual entertainment steal their imaginations. Not only that, but it seems actual books (real paper and binding) are becoming increasingly less used as well. Great for the environment, but sometimes reading the old fashioned way is just better. Check out their series of photographs to see how they brought attention back to book reading in their city.

As awesome as these pictures are, I’m not a 100% sure if they make me want to grab a book and start reading. They sorta make me want to grab my camera instead. Source: reddit Share these clever librarians with your friends below. Promote reading books with them.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/librarian-photos/

How Prince Taught Me About Female Sexuality

He helped me realize there are men who enjoy being submissive to women — and that being a woman who’s more sexually experienced than a man isn’t something to hide or being ashamed of.

CROLLALANZA /REX USA

As a little kid in the early 1980s, I remember watching the video for Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover” for the first time, as I experienced the magic of cable television and MTV in my family’s first house. I could not look away from this man with the hairy chest, single hoop earring, and feathered hair. When I was around 11 or 12, my sister was in college and dated a guy who was a huge Prince fan. He let me listen to his records, including the B-sides and bootlegs, like “Girl,” “Erotic City,” and “17 Days.” I felt like I was a member of a club with select membership.

I’ve been fascinated with sex since an early age, and even as a child, I knew Prince was “nasty,” but it drew me to him even more. Prince built a reputation on his risqué songs, like “Head” with lyrics that said, “I know you’re good, girl/ I think you like to go down.” With songs like “Soft and Wet,” it’s easy to think that Prince only sees women as objects made for sexual pleasure, but looking further, his songs show women with the same sexual urges as men. Acts like Salt-N-Pepa and Madonna were equally important in showcasing women’s desires through song during my childhood, but Prince’s work resonated more with me. His music shaped my own sexuality because it helped me realize there are men who enjoy being submissive to women, that there are men who are willing to admit to helplessness during sex, and that being a woman who’s more sexually experienced than a man isn’t something to hide or being ashamed of.

His ’80s catalog, in particular, was a revelatory mix of sex, politics, and religion. He sang as a man unafraid of changing how society looked at masculinity, a man who enjoyed a more sexually experienced woman, and as a man willing to follow a woman’s lead.

“Darling Nikki,” from the 1984 Purple Rain soundtrack, details a one-night stand. It has all the markers to offend — a sex fiend of a woman masturbating in public who abandons her conquest after using him. On the surface, the song has much in common with 1982’s “Little Red Corvette,” another song about a one-night stand with a promiscuous woman. However, in “Little Red Corvette,” Prince’s persona warns the woman against her sexually adventurous lifestyle and attempts to “tame” her into monogamy. In “Darling Nikki,” the object of the woman’s affection has no problems with being used and ends the song begging for her to come back. Also, “Darling Nikki” was the catalyst for Tipper Gore, ex-wife of former Vice President Al Gore, to become co-founder of the Parents Music Resource Center, which led to “Parental Advisory” stickers on music deemed too explicit for children.

People frequently sing “Darling Nikki” to me because of my nickname (although I spell it differently) and love for Prince, but they don’t realize how empowering the song was for me once I became sexually active as a teenager. As I matured, I frequently warred with the idea of being a “good girl” who doesn’t talk about sex openly because it meant I was “easy” and yet wanting to express myself sexually in an open and honest way. I was warned that when women talk about sex, no matter how innocently, it makes people want to have sex with her, and that could have dangerous consequences. Even though “Darling Nikki” is told from the point of view of her conquest, I felt drawn to the woman in the title, bold and memorable. I wanted to be like her. I haven’t followed Darling Nikki’s exact footsteps, and my journey to realizing my full sexual self hasn’t always been straightforward, but I often think of her and the song when challenging myself sexually.

Beyond fast-paced rock and pop songs like “Darling Nikki,” “Little Red Corvette,” or even “Raspberry Beret,” where Prince sings about succumbing to the wiles of women more sexually experienced, he has more traditional R&B-like ballads, making sexual demands of his lovers for their mutual satisfaction. In “Do Me, Baby” from 1981’s Controversy and “Scandalous” from the 1989 Batman soundtrack, he asks to be touched and explored and lets the objects of his desire know that he’s at their mercy. Despite the persona’s obvious eagerness to make love, he lets his partners set the pace. In “Do Me, Baby,” he waits for his lover to lay him down, a sure sign of the other’s readiness. In “Scandalous,” Prince croons, “Anything’s acceptable / just ask me / and I’ll try it.” He’s willing to follow someone else’s lead. In these songs, Prince sings of his overwhelming desire for his partner but doesn’t rush the rendezvous. He encourages his lovers to lead, knowing that his being in a submissive position will be mutually beneficial.

When people jokingly wonder how a man who wears heels and makeup, challenging ideas of masculinity, is able to date so many women, I often think of songs like “Do Me, Baby” and “Scandalous.” He understands the need to give his partners room to take charge and how doing so doesn’t equal a threat to his manhood. On the album version of “Do Me, Baby,” Prince ends the song with his orgasm, begs his partner for help, and finally asks to be held. The vulnerability he displays perhaps answers the question of how this diminutive man in eyeliner and lace can be considered a ladies’ man. It set a high bar for me when it came to my own sexual partners. I expected my boyfriends to let me lead sometimes and to express neediness without shame. My disappointment was frequent, so I’d return to Prince’s music to daydream.

As much as Prince’s music gave me permission to accept my own sexual maturity, his discography is not without issue. Sometimes he is flat-out hypocritical and misogynistic. “Little Red Corvette” borders on what we’d now call slut-shaming. On stage, Prince frequently pairs women dancers together in sexual mimicry, and yet some of his lyrics scold women about being bisexual. On the 1979 self-titled album, the song “Bambi” attempts to convince a woman to abandon her female lover because “it’s better with a man.” Prince ends the song declaring, “Bambi, I know what U need / Bambi, maybe U need 2 bleed.” In the 1982 bootleg single “Xtraloveable,” Prince’s persona tries to seduce a woman by asking her if she wants to take a bath with him. He praises her because she doesn’t brag about her love life and doesn’t appear to be loose with her affections: “What I dig the most is the way that U keep your sugar in your hand / till I want it.” However, later he claims he’s “on the verge of rape” then: “I’m sorry / but I’m just gonna have 2 rape U / Now are U going to get in the tub / Or do I have 2 drag U?” Prince moves from seduction to rape, and it’s jarring. Here, his usual submissive role is gone and replaced with an overly aggressive one. One moment, the song’s persona is happy that his lover makes him wait, and the next he’s threatening rape because she doesn’t respond to his advances quickly enough.

Prince recently performed “Bambi” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon with the all-female band he fronts, 3rdEyeGirl. He didn’t sing the final threat of violence, but the overall sexist sentiment of the song remained, especially considering the fact that Prince stood in front of an all-woman band. Perhaps Prince decided to play the song because it’s more rock than funk or R&B and showcases his rock guitar talents. It remains an odd song selection.

In 2013, Prince released “Extraloveable Reloaded,” with sanitized lyrics. The sugar in hand becomes a vague “it,” and any mention of rape is scrubbed. Since Prince became a Jehovah’s Witness in 2001, he’s become increasingly conservative, refusing to play most of his racier songs that cemented his place in pop culture. Recent music like “Da Bourgeoisie” returns to shaming a woman for her bisexuality, but “Breakfast Can Wait” hints that the old, raunchy Prince is still around.

Prince still has moments where he wags his finger at a woman because of her choices, but then I think of “If I Was Your Girlfriend,” from the 1987 album Sign O’ the Times. It’s a song so important to me that I have a line of its lyrics tattooed around my left ankle. In it, Prince’s alter ego Camille sings in the perspective of a man who wonders if becoming a woman would lead to a closer relationship with his current female lover. Again, Prince disrupts heteronormative ideals of masculinity by being willing to change genders for more significant connection, the kind shared between women.

It’s hard to reconcile the Prince of gender-fluidity with the one who refuses to comment on same-sex marriage. I’ve overlooked his bouts of hypocrisy and sexism to concentrate on what I’ve learned from his music over the years. With his music, I gave myself permission to be bold and shameless in my desires. As a Southern woman, I’ve grown up dancing to a lot of music that directly contradicts my feminist beliefs, like bass and bounce. Lyrics demanding women to pop their pussies or guaranteeing material goods in exchange for satisfactory sex fly directly in the face of the idea that a woman is more than her body and sexuality. It’s not enough to shrug off the misogynistic verses simply because of a good beat. Not only did I give myself permission to speak freely about sex, I also had to allow myself to be a complex person who enjoys flawed artists and their art.

Prince’s early catalog taught me things about myself I wasn’t even aware I was learning at such a young age. When I made the decision to become sexually active as a teen, I imitated Prince’s moans and gasps from his songs as practice to make sure I would sound sexy in bed. To this day, you might catch me making sounds straight from “Do Me, Baby,” “Girl,” or “Vibrator,” a Vanity 6 song Prince wrote. That’s what was sexy to me — a man willing to vocalize pleasure and be vulnerable and so I sought to translate that into my own sex life. Despite his increasingly conservative beliefs and his occasionally sexist lyrics, Prince helped me achieve an honest and good sex life. For that, I’ll always be grateful.






Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/tnwhiskeywoman/do-me-baby