I got 99 problems, but a bitch ain’t one

In an epic display of male privilege, Jay-Z has decided to stop using the word “bitch” in his songs now that he has a daughter:

Before I got in the game, made a change, and got rich
I didn’t think hard about using the word bitch
I rapped, I flipped it, I sold it, I lived it
Now with my daughter in this world I curse those that give it.

How righteously noble of you, Mr Z. Before your little one came along were there no other women in your life? No mother, sister, girlfriend or wife? No other woman you respected enough to give you pause to consider your use of the word bitch in your music?

For more than two decades, Jay-Z has made a career off the objectification and commercialisation of women and women’s bodies, particularly women of colour. He has made (lots of) money off positioning misogyny as entertainment, made money off lyrics like:

I don’t love ‘em I fuck ‘em.
I don’t chase ‘em I duck ‘em.
I replace ‘em with another one.
You had to see she keep calling me BIG.
And my name is Jay-Z.
She be all on my dick.
Gradually I’m taking over your bitch.
Coming over your shit.
Got my feet up on you sofa, man.
I mean a hostess for my open hand.
You coming home to beer shifts and there be soda cans.
I got your bitch in my Rover man.
I never kiss her, I never hold her hand.
In fact I diss her I’m a bolder man.
I’mma pimp her, it’s over man.

It’s quite stunning to watch the hypocrisy in action. You would be forgiven for thinking that Jay-Z was the first man in the history of humanity to have a daughter, due to this sudden display of self-righteousness. He spends more than 20 years demeaning women through his music, and now that he suddenly has a daughter, everyone who uses the word bitch is deserving of his disdain?

20 years spent objectifying some other father’s daughter but it takes the birth of his own to teach him that maybe, maayyybeeee, calling women “bitch” isn’t the nicest thing to do?

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the rape culture. Enjoy your stay.

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