Power to the Pussy Part 1

Dedicated to Ezra Riemer on his special day.

I once made a (humorous?) connection between Marilyn Monroe and To Pimp a Butterfly. Why did I do that? Because Marilyn Monroe, during her short life, was the most beautiful woman on earth and she was pimped out. The most beautiful woman on earth was treated like a whore. Very young she was sexually abused and men lied to her, exploited her incessantly, and whored her.

I wanted to make a statement about traditional academic gender binaries such as pimp/whore, civilization/nature, subject/object, artist/model, active/passive etc and so on, to raise the question “how is it logically tenable for pimps to claim moral superiority to ‘whores’ if they [P-I-M-Ps] are the ones whoring?”

Once a young, white friend implored me to listen to “Keisha’s Song (Her Pain)” as a moral imperative and I was really disgusted by the way that power and authority was twisted in the song. One of the most insidious lies of Western culture is that men have the right to exploit women and sexually enslave them AND to somehow claim moral superiority, as if cheating, sexually abusing, and enslaving women from poor communities were not already bad enough.