“Anaconda” turns Nicki’s butt into a literal force of nature, causing earthquakes in a jungle setting. After parodying the idea of exoticism by opening on a jungle scene, she shifts into a workout setup with comically small weights. All of these setups make the same point: Nicki’s body is the modern ideal. And because Nicki is spitting rapid-fire jokes the whole time she is onscreen, it’s impossible to feel like she’s been reduced to a mere body.
This is confirmed by what comes next: Nicki squirting whipped cream on her tits, fondling a banana, and then slicing the banana with a maniacal laugh. Cutting up a metaphorical dick onscreen makes it even more clear that the “Anaconda” video is about Nicki asserting her power, not as a sexual object but a sexual subject. Both the suggestive choreography and the song’s lyrics, which recount a series of sexual encounters, double down on the fact that Nicki has all the power here, and that she can show as much of her body as she likes and retain all that power.
I need to:
I want to:
On their own, I’m actually really, really excited about all of these things. But putting them together is stressing me out justttttt a little. Getting my syllabus for my folklore class has me stressin’ because I wasn’t counting on that being a super time-consuming course and it SUPER IS.
Also, I filled out my application for graduation today and I totally submitted it before I was done. So I had to do it twice. Hopefully they’ll still let me graduate. Yikes.