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  1. Sam
    Sam August 9, 2011 at 1:40 am |

    I wonder if they realise that if this was true then every boyfriend of a feminist would be converted? Why bother with all that protesting, organising and grabbing for the levers of power when feminists can just brainwash the suckers one pussy-whipping at a time? Sorry, one Badu at a time. Sorry, new word, will take a while to sink in.

    Apart from that, you made me giggle. Thanks :)

  2. Florence
    Florence August 9, 2011 at 7:18 am |

    This post makes me want to stand up in my cubicle and dance. Thank you.

  3. DammitJanet
    DammitJanet August 9, 2011 at 7:46 am |

    This post is going to swirl in my head all day. Thank you.

    I’ve heard her art has been commended as being strongly vaginal, which bothers some men. The word itself makes some men uncomfortable. Vagina.

  4. Angel H.
    Angel H. August 9, 2011 at 7:58 am |

    Love, love, loooooooooooove this post!!! Thank you!

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  6. C. A. Brown
    C. A. Brown August 9, 2011 at 8:37 am |

    See, here’s what cracks me up about the Badu-juju. It wouldn’t be a story if it weren’t for her art. Men don’t feel inclined to call her Superpussy the way guys refer to Karrine Steffans as Superhead. They don’t see Trina in this light. Badu has a great sense of self-awareness in her music that doesn’t lend itself to lowering perceptions of her sexual prowess as something to exploit. Instead, it’s feared.

    I remember hearing rumors that she left the Okay Player boards because women began criticizing her relationships and having three babies by three different men, saying that if she were anyone else, she would be castigated or mocked or ridiculed.

    My question that I’m trying to formulate is whether the spectrum of perceptions of sexual agency go from exploitation to fear/myth making about that good-good. And does it cross over to non-cisgender and/or non-heterosexual relationships too?

  7. omi
    omi August 9, 2011 at 8:46 am |

    right on….

    as a sidebar, there are a couple of “conjure women” musicians. i know cassandra wilson is one. dianne reeves MIGHT be. guess you can get away with it if you’re jazzy, huh? ;-)

  8. Brigid Keely
    Brigid Keely August 9, 2011 at 8:58 am |

    Thank you for writing this.

  9. gidget commando
    gidget commando August 9, 2011 at 10:17 am |

    If our vaginas are so damned powerful and magical…

    (a) Why are we still fighting the patriarchy?
    (b) Why aren’t my magical spell-casting parts and I earning $15 million a picture and going home to boff Brad Pitt every night? (Not that he’s my type, but you see what I’m sayin’.)

  10. LaShawn Johnson
    LaShawn Johnson August 9, 2011 at 11:56 am |

    Great blog! I enjoyed every part of it.

  11. Unree
    Unree August 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm |

    A major talent and leader. In interviews Erykah Badu sounds like a great person, someone you’d want to know.

  12. Jo
    Jo August 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm |

    “Regarding Erykah Badu’s public image and the public images of those men she’s been romantically involved with, I have to remember that the public persona of any man who raps (whether it’s an image he fully controls, or not) is almost always linked to a hypermasculinity specific to the way our culture views men of color, and black men especially. That they are these rocks of animalistic sexuality, that they are somehow the inventors (or at least the best executors) of misogyny, and so on and so forth. Where is there room for love in this construct of the black man as unlovable? (Don’t worry, I’m not actually waiting for an answer.) Also, I have to ask the same question of the construct of black women — cunning, manipulative Sapphires. Or, we’re Jezebels who’ll spread at will, or Mammies who are incapable of any meaningful interpersonal interaction that does not come from caring for other people. These constructs all frame black people as unlovable. And that’s the crux, as I stated before, of the idea of this supposed sex sorcery.”

    This is why we people DGF!!!
    In the end the only thing that any of these memes inspire is to present us as incapable of loving or being loved.

    I can’t tell you how many times men have told me that they are “afraid” of me- all stemming from me understanding who I am as a full person (which includes my sexual self). I’m always like, “go ‘head and pass on this out of sight lovin if you want to…” I have fantasies of Black people loving themselves and each other without guilt, shame and fear. I’m working on creating that world, and having it present in my world. It’s hard on the boulevard though.

  13. Safiya Outlines
    Safiya Outlines August 9, 2011 at 6:28 pm |

    I loved this post, a very interesting analysis indeed.

  14. yableka
    yableka August 9, 2011 at 7:37 pm |

    I’d argue that Andre 3000 made his most complex and interesting music AFTER being in a relationship with Badu.

  15. Katie
    Katie August 9, 2011 at 10:48 pm |

    Thank you so much for this post! I love it, and I’m so freaking glad to see it here.

  16. lauren_xFF
    lauren_xFF August 10, 2011 at 12:12 am |

    This reminds me of an amazing article by Greg Thomas called Queens of Consciousness & Sex-Radicalism in Hip-Hop:On Erykah Badu & The Notorious K.I.M. (just google that title you can read it in pdf format online, should be the first result in search) where he dissects this “magic genital” thing and ties it into the radical sexual identities of Badu and KIM.

    There was mentioned in XXL presents Hip Hop Soul the speculation of Erykah and her image as either a “a heaven-sent angel of righteousness or some sort of voodoo sex goddess”. asked:
    “Ask yourself: ‘Who is Erykah Badu?’ No, really. Who is Erykah Badu? Is she the Mother Nature of neo-soul or a sex goddess who feasts on the hearts of MCs?”

  17. Sabrina
    Sabrina August 10, 2011 at 2:21 am |

    I loved this post. My favorite line is when you stated how many people think that being the same is safe and that being different is dangerous. I would rather be different than conform to living in the box that society expects everyone to be in.

    Erykah is who she is. Like you, I don’t think that she had intentions to change the way these men live their lives. The fact that these men explored different things makes me happy. We should all be on a quest to learn and explore new things in life.

  18. k
    k August 10, 2011 at 5:27 am |

    Amazing post. Can “Magic Genitals Part 2″ please deal with the dudes who are sitting around waiting for The Girl With The Magical Hoo-ha to show up and get them to shape up? It’s as prevalent as women waiting for a knight in shining armor…

  19. blctxt
    blctxt August 11, 2011 at 8:42 am |

    found this post while randomly searching for visual inspiration.
    your writing is awesome and you have me spitting out my chlorophyll water laughing, but thank you for this.

  20. Fabian Egbesu Ohore
    Fabian Egbesu Ohore August 12, 2011 at 9:41 pm |

    i have 2 issues with your write up
    1. What is a meme? i think our modern day society has to let dawkins and his selfish gene nonsense go, if meme did exist where is the source code or more specifically where is the dna or rna for memes? it is a fallacy that stems from dawkins misunderstanding that it is the phenotype that interacts with the enviornment not the genes. for more read stephen jay gould also the whole thing with many wetserners and their theories is that many of them are enslaved to the false idea of “progress” for more read nisbett the history of the idea of progress.
    2. to discount the fact that other than rape or maybe money their is nothing i can do to make you sleep with me is shocking esp from a “feminist”. besides if we flip my example around unless you are very ugly or very dirty with a bad smell most men will sleep with you or at least get “some head” as they say it in the hood. remember our mothers are the ones who raise us most fathers are not in the house so where is the “patriarchy”? even in the old days when men where home he was working all day and only came home at night ( which means that women not only perpetuate patriarchy they created it for more read esther vilar the manipuilated man or chinweizus the anatomy of female power) it is with that said that we can now see that since a mans first experience of love is most likely from his mom and most boys want to make mommy happy it is that same mindset that adult men take with them they want the wife to be happy, so if he thinks rubbing goats cheese on his neck will make her happy ( even though she probably really dosent care whether he does or not) he still does it cuz he think it will make her happy. and the funny thing is most girls will never speak up and tell him “hey you dont have to do such and such i will still sleep with you she takes it, which is why its true, most of those men do change cuz they tryin to make that woman happy and in the process compromise themselves .so in summation there is pussy power and its real just ask her or them

  21. CHC
    CHC August 31, 2011 at 10:26 pm |

    I’ve fallen in love with you in two posts!

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