WAP: A Reflection on Female Representation in Media

When it comes to the representation of women in mainstream media- especially their sexuality and message, there has always been some kind of backlash or controversy attached to it. This was on full display during the release of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s latest hit single, ‘WAP’. Because of its provocative nature and sexually explicit lyrics, the song and its music video were received with widespread criticism and praise during its peak. Regardless, it was wildly successful, opening at no.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and dominating the charts for weeks. In its wake, the reactions and commentary garnered by ‘WAP’ brings forward the long held discourse on how women are portrayed in popular media-and where the song fits in all of that.