Nasty Women vote.
But Nastier women voted for Trump.
Although I’m writing this way past the time the Nasty Woman movement swarmed into a Pro-Clinton campaign against Trump’s comment on Clinton in their debates, in October, I still just don’t feel comfortable taking part in it. At first thought, I assumed it was inspired by one of Janet Jackson’s greatest hits “Nasty” until I took a listen and realized how unparalleled the song and the movement were. Nasty is about men, not women.
Nasty, nasty boys, don’t mean a thing
Oh you nasty boys
Nasty, nasty boys, don’t ever change
Oh you nasty boys
I don’t like no nasty girl
I don’t like nasty food
The only nasty thing I like
Is a nasty groove
I’m not a prude, I just want some respect
So close the door if you want me to respond
Cause privacy is my middle name
My last name is control
‘Nasty’ debuted on Janet’s 1986 album titled, “Control” where the album’s self-titled single breathes the message of taking back control over all aspects of her life. “Control” is a call-to-action that we as women need at this time amongst the craziness.
In an interview with Rolling Stone in 1993, Janet talked about being harassed by men in the streets of Minneapolis while recording Control:
“The danger hit home when a couple of guys started stalking me on the street. They were emotionally abusive. Sexually threatening. Instead of running to Jimmy or Terry for protection, I took a stand. I backed them down. That’s how songs like ‘Nasty’ and ‘What Have You Done for Me Lately’ were born, out of a sense of self-defense. Control meant not only taking care of myself but living in a much less protected world. And doing that meant growing a tough skin. Getting attitude.”
I’ve sat and thought about how it makes sense to connect the Janet classic with the message women were trying to push out, but in all honesty, it just doesn’t match up. Spotify tweeted that the day after the Trump-Clinton debate, the “Nasty” listening stream spiked to 250%.
Yet, no one could decipher the unparalleled comparison of the song’s message and their desperate push to make “Nasty Woman” legitimate. Now, am I saying all this to be the Regina George of the Nasty Woman party? Maybe.
I get the need to make Hillary be pop culture relatable, we saw that with the vintage Hillary images rhetoric but it just wasn’t enough. Or maybe I can’t be fooled. I will admit that sometimes I’m not always a big believer in taking claim of a negative insult and running with it. It truly depends on the insult. But you can’t bend and distort the two very definitions and blend them to your own advantage and expect it to make sense. Is my outcry too late for people to care? Probably. But with the Women’s March only being about a week ago (week ago), I had to re-read the amazing piece written by Chi Nguyen on her “Unpopular Opinion” of the march. Nasty Women can jump on board with the cultural references, whether they make sense or not, but nastier women will let their feminism and liberation thrive on the oppression of said groups.
Intersectional white feminists, what have you done for me, lately?