Greetings! Top of the Morning is your daily AM news round-up. We paid attention overnight while you were sleeping and gathered relevant tidbits to share over that first cup of coffee.
We’ve got a few quick items for you today before the weekend starts.
Nick Jonas has released two previous albums without his merry band of brothers, but with his upcoming release, due in November, it seems like he is finally determined to cut the cord once and for all. Jonas channeled a bunch of ’90s Calvin Klein ads in a shoot for Flaunt, flashing his tan lines for the camera, grabbing his crotch and getting sexy-like for all you ladies out there. You might think he’d take Marky Mark’s recent foray into reality television as a cautionary tale, but apparently not.
In a recent interview with The Fader, André 3000 was questioned about whether or not he considers himself to be a feminist. He replied, “Ah, yeah. Of course. Because I’ve grown up in this male-dominated world I think I kinda get beside myself sometimes about things, but for the most I am definitely a feminist. I want the equality of things.” He then went on to give his viewpoint regarding misogynistic rap, specifically K Camp’s “Cut Her Off“:
One thing rap has done is let people build up these personalities. Really, most of the guys that say that kind of stuff, it’s for pure protection. They’ve probably been hurt at one point in time or they’re tying to build this wall or trying to let future women know: “Don’t try it with me.” I’ve been guilty of it, too, in my earlier raps, and I know my mom raised me much better than what I’d been talking. But you do it because you wanna impress people around you, you wanna feel invincible, you wanna feel tough. And that’s a part of rap. You never wanna have any kind of weak links. Part of that is you never let a woman be powerful enough to infiltrate and get to you. So to make it seem like it’s nothing, it ain’t nothin to cut that bitch off—and I mean, I can’t speak for K Camp personally—but as a whole, you’re always gonna have that armor. It’s really armor.
So. Apparently, there’s still some learning to do, even though it’s great to hear him identify as a feminist, and use the term itself to do so.
Speaking of sex and feminism, White Lung frontwoman Mish Way just launched a sex column over at Westender. In her first piece, she talks about the pressure placed upon young girls to save or lose their virginity and says:
My aim with writing about my sex life has always been kind of selfish. I try to work through my own questions, fears or nuances by airing them out for whoever to see because it makes me feel powerful to tell my story in a situation, where I have been told since day one, that I do not hold the most power. Or that, because I am a woman, my sexuality is something that can be controlled or decided for me. Well, fuck that. There’s a big difference between the innateness of sex and what is sexy. Sex is raw, awkward, messy, and full of pleasure. Creating something sexy is a whole other beast, yet somehow these two ideas stem from the same root, and that root is ripe for discussion. So, as much as this weekly column will explore sexuality, gender, and love in relation to popular culture, it’s also less about me and more about you. I’m willing to throw myself under the bus to make you feel more connected to your own personal power. Sex is everything in our world and I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all, we just have to start to play with significance.
She is one brave, badass lady and we can’t wait to keep reading.
Have a good weekend.