Chart-topping pop singer Ariana Grande released a new single this week that can only be described as bizarre.
In the explicit new track titled “God Is A Woman,” she argues that having sex with a woman will make you believe that God is in fact, a woman.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 13, 2018
Grande released the song a week in advance, much to the surprise of her fans, after teasing the lyrics on Twitter Wednesday.
The song has already caused a mass reaction, with many of Grande’s fans celebrating the sacrilegious lyrics as an anthem of women’s empowerment, and publications praising the sultry tune.
GOD IS A WOMAN IS THE BEST SONG IVE EVER HEARD OH MY GOD ARIANA GRANDE INVENTED MUSIC AJDKDKDJS
— Anthony Gargiula (@AnthonyGargiula) July 13, 2018
God is a woman more like @ArianaGrande is God 😍🙏🏼
— Hayley Williams (@HayleyWi11iams) July 13, 2018
— Mashable (@mashable) July 13, 2018
Ariana Grande's latest single is a certified bop. https://t.co/ZJiJXBO5Kl
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) July 13, 2018
— HollywoodLife (@HollywoodLife) July 13, 2018
On June 25, Grande had announced via Twitter that she would be releasing her second single from her upcoming album, describing the track as “sexual female empowerment & how women are literally everything & the universe is inside of us.”
sexual female empowerment & how women are literally everything & the universe is inside of us tbh
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) June 25, 2018
Grande argues that it is not intelligence, strength, determination or even love that empowers women — just sex.
Yes, you read that right.
Ariana Grande believes the single most empowering thing a woman can do for herself is to have sex.
When a fan on Twitter questioned the song’s alleged deeper meaning about empowerment, Grande replied, “sex is empowering. it’s the source of all life. p**** is a privilege.”
so… god is a woman is about sex?
— noelia fucking loves connor 11 months ♡ (@gratefulconnor) July 11, 2018
sex is empowering. it’s the source of all life. pussy is a privilege.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 11, 2018
In an interview with Elle magazine, deputy editor Katie Connor spoke with Grande about her new single.
Connor shared that when she first heard the song title she figured it would be a “be a feel-good Women’s-March–y anthem, something along the lines of Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ set to an R&B beat.”
But Connor could not have been more off.
“I hear it a few weeks later. Hoo boy, was I wrong,” Connor said. “Let’s just say it’s more about taking agency in the bedroom than at the office.”
The lyrics speak for themselves:
“you ….. love it how i move you, love it how i touch you my one”
“when all is said n done, you’ll believe god is a woman”
“and i….. feel it after miiiiidnight, a feelin that u cant fight”
“…. it lingers when we’re done, you’ll believe god is a woman”
A Song That Mocks God and Sex
Not only does Grande sing that “when we’re done, you’ll believe God is a woman,” but she insinuates that she herself is a God due to her sexual performance.
So far, there have been few negative reactions to Grande’s song, while publications across the country are praising her.
Grande’s fiance, Pete Davidson, called the song “adorable” — an odd choice of adjective considering the lyrics and beats.
It’s not surprising that our modern culture would praise a song that degrades both God and woman. It’s certainly nothing new.
What is surprising, however, is that it’s still considered edgy to sing about sex in a day and age when one would be hard-pressed to find a chart-topping track that doesn’t have a sexual message.
It’s amazing that Grande’s song doesn’t come across as mere white noise in an already hypersexualized society, where entire industries are devoted to telling women that sex is the most “empowering” thing they’ll ever do.
We should be encouraging women to find fulfillment in things that truly matter, like virtue, intelligence, and meaningful relationships, but instead, we have celebrities like Grande, who broadcast their commitment to “feminism” and women’s rights while actively disrespecting women everywhere. Her new song isn’t unique, brave or empowering. It’s hypocritical.