Queen Latifah – U.N.I.T.Y.

Queen Latifah stands up for women that are mistreated in various ways, in this song from her 1993 album, Black Reign. It won a Grammy Award for solo rap number in 1995, and could be seen as an R-Rated updated to Aretha Franklin’s Respect.

Thinking of the playful way men and women can taunt and tease, Queen Latifah knows when we’re just having a laugh. But she wants any disrespect beyond this to cease. Men touching women without permission should be handcuffed, especially.

In this respect, with these two examples, the feminism being espoused certainly recognizes patriarchy as bringing down women, but calls for addressing it within existing means and institutions. This is a position considered weak by some feminists (and echoed later by Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)“). Nonetheless, Queen Latifah pulls no punches in her language, still firmly expressing her views.

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  1. Pingback: Beyoncé – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) | Political Tunes

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