No, Ariana Grande Is Not Calling Herself 'God' In Her New Single

No, Ariana Grande Is Not Calling Herself 'God' In Her New Single

'God is a woman', the third single off Ariana's album set for release in August, contains a meaning so much deeper than sex.

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Ariana surprised fans by releasing 'God is a woman' at midnight on July 13th. Being an Ariana Grande superfan, I listened to the song about three times before dozing off to sleep, excited for noon when the official music video would be released.

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At first, I was kind of bummed; I initially thought the title hinted that the song would be about women's equality, promoting female empowerment. Yet, after listening, I believed that it was just another lusty song about the power of women during sex.

Power is power; I knew that regardless of her intentions, her song was meant to empower women. If the song told a story about how important a woman can feel or be considered by her male partner after an amazing sex session, she is still telling a story about an empowered woman nonetheless.

However, as I started to listen to the lyrics more closely, I realized that the song has a stronger meaning, deeper than just sex. For example, the pre-chorus is: "And I can be all the things you told me not to be / When you try to come for me, I keep on flourishing". Ariana is saying that no matter how many times people try to bring her down or change her, she will always be true to herself and persevere.

I believe Ariana purposely released the song twelve hours before the music video rather than releasing them simultaneously. I think she wanted us to listen to the song initially by taking in the lyrics and topics floating at the surface of the song without digging too deep into the meaning of it. She must've wanted us to explore the underlying themes of her song as we listened more and more, and finally laid our eyes on the video.

The music video, which was directed by Dave Meyers and is visually stunning, starts off with Ariana standing on top of Earth, swaying amongst the stars of the galaxy. After laying on a pedestal beneath a bed of squirming men, an oversized Ari is shown looming over miniature-sized men throwing words of hate and discouragement, just to be bounced back off her huge body. If this doesn't denote the idea of women rising up against the criticism or discouragement from men, or society in general, I don't know what does.

Although religion is a huge theme within the song, both religion and creation are at the center of the music video. Ariana sits on top of Earth with her legs spread, as if hinting toward the creation of our planet and mankind. In addition, a clip of Ariana's womb growing from conception is shown as the following lyrics play: "But you're different from the rest / And boy if you confess, you might get blessed". Immediately after, she towers over three men as she nurses them while she sings, "See if you deserve what comes next".

The message of women being seen as a powerful life source flows throughout the video. The masterpiece screams women's empowerment towards the end, when she throws a giant hammer, resulting in the shattering of a glass ceiling. This alludes to the famous metaphor regarding certain groups of people being restrained from reaching a visible goal they desire to reach. As Ariana literally breaks the glass ceiling, she sends the message that women have the ability to cross the barriers that society has made.

An unmistakably religious part of the video is introduced several seconds before the breaking of the ceiling. Other than hearing Madonna's voice, this part is so memorable because it is where religion and feminism meet; the monologue Ariana mouths states that anyone who tries to bring her and her fellow women down will be met with retaliation, and this is when they will know her name is the Lord.

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Symbols of femininity are very apparent, as well, such as when a pair of women's legs are spread above Ariana after she breaks the ceiling. It is also worth noting that the image painted in the river Ariana lays on at the beginning of the video is a vagina. I believe that these references to the female anatomy further reinforce the theme of women as creators.

The last part mirrors Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam; however, Ariana, surrounded by other young women, reaches out to touch another young lady. This renowned painting is known to denote God creating man in the image of Himself.

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Although Ariana lays in the place where God so famously lays in the original painting, I don't believe she is calling herself God. Rather, I believe she is making the statement that women can be seen as powerful figures of creation, such as God is considered to be.

God has traditionally been portrayed as a male. By Ariana presenting women in such an omnipotent way, she dares listeners and viewers to consider the idea of women in power. As she beautifully presents women in such a strong and influential light, she strikes the match illuminating a world full of empowered woman.

I'm sure this sneak peek Ariana gives us can become a reality very soon thanks to today's inspiring women, one of whom is the singer herself.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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18 Types Of Mini-Golfers You Come Across On An 18-Hole Course

Which type of mini-golfer are YOU?

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Mini-golf: A fun activity that has been around since 1916. We have all played mini-golf before and have probably played a variety of courses over the year. The one thing you might not always realize is the players around you. Next time you go mini-golfing take a look at those playing around you and see if you can find these 18 types of players. Even see which of these mini-golfers you fit!

The professional golfer.

This is the golfer who always has to look at the hole, line up his shot every time, and takes the rules seriously such as adding a stroke when the ball goes out of bounds. I mean it's mini-golf, you don't need to line up ALL your shots.

The driver.

This is the golfer who drives the ball as if he was on an actual golf course. It's one thing if you have a power swing, but this person typically drives the ball purposefully.

The obnoxious one.

This is the golfer who is just wild and all over the place. They make such a big deal out of every play, might make irrelevant comments, etc. It's just unnecessary.

The cheerleader.

This is the person who is constantly cheering others on. Even if it's a bad play they'll say "awe, it's o.k! You still got this!"

The family with the annoying kids.

This is the family where the parents don't know how to control their kids. This is where the kids will go to the next hole before their parents, destroy some of the property, or even interfere with other people golfing.

The family that tries to act like a family.

This is the family that you can clearly see is just acting like a family. It could be as simple as a family that seems tense and is just playing together to a family where the dad and kids are playing while the mom just walks around with them filing her nails.

The group of 8+.

This is the group that holds EVERYONE up. They don't care if there are 8+ balls on one hole at a time. If you are this group, please let people behind you go ahead.

The inseparable couple.

This is the couple that is all over each other. They're constantly kissing if they aren't playing or they are taking pictures of each other.

The teenage girls.

These are the girls acting all innocent and taking selfies while playing while their parents sit near the entrance for them. It's the only thing they can do without parent supervision.

The oldie.

This is literally a grandma or grandpa who is naturally just slow. They are so adorable, but it'll take a good 2 hours to play a full 18 holes with them because of how slow they move.

The smokers.

These are the people smoking cigs or cigars while playing. Let's just hope they aren't smoking around kids and put their butts in the little buckets at each hole.

The slow pokes.

These are the golfers that just take forever. If you are a slow poke please be considerate of those behind you and let them go ahead of you.

The competitive one.

This is the one who is constantly up in your face about how they're going to win. They are the ones who can't just enjoy a game of mini-golf.

The out of bounder.

This is the golfer who constantly hits the ball out of bounds. At that rate you don't even give them a penalty stroke because they'd be up to 10+ on one hole.

The goofball.

This is the person who just acts silly. They could be the ones using a child's size putter or balancing on different rocks or stumps on the course.

The clueless one.

This is the one who never realizes what hole their on, when it's their turn, or what they are even doing.

The scorekeeper.

This is the golfer who takes keeping score seriously. Or this could just be the person who naturally always keeps score when you go mini-golfing.

The normal couple (or group).

These are the people we all love. It's the people who like some friendly competition, but don't goof around. They move from hole to hole at a good pace and keep to themselves. They also are cognizant of those around them. These are the mini-golfers we all love and should strive to be.

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