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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Dave Meyers - God is a woman Music Video

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'Baby, It's Cold Outside' Is NOT About Date Rape, It's A Fight Against Social Norms Of The 1940s

The popular Christmas song shouldn't be considered inappropriate.

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The classic Christmas song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" has recently come under attack. There has been controversy over the song being deemed as inappropriate since it has been suggested that it promotes date rape. Others believe that the song is another common example of our culture's promotion of rape. You may be wondering, where did they get that idea from?

The controversy has led to one radio station, WDOK, taking the song off the air and banning it from their station. Some people believe that this song goes against the #MeToo movement since it promotes rape. However, people are not considering the fact that this traditional Christmas song was made in the 1940s.

People are viewing the song from a modern-day cultural perspective rather than from the perspective of the 1940s. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was written in 1944. Many people have viewed the song from the perspective of our cultural and social norms. People believe that the song promotes date rape because of lyrics that suggest that the male singing is trying to stop the female singer from leaving, and the female singer is constantly singing about trying to escape with verses like "I really can't stay" or "I've got to go home."

When you first view the song from the perspective of today's culture, you may jump to the conclusion that the song is part of the date rape culture. And it's very easy to jump to this conclusion, especially when you are viewing only one line from the song. We're used to women being given more freedom. In our society, women can have jobs, marry and be independent. However, what everyone seems to forget is that women did not always have this freedom.

In 1944, one of the social norms was that women had curfews and were not allowed to be in the same house as a man at a later time. It was considered a scandal if a single woman so much as stayed at another man's house, let alone be in the same room together. It's mind-blowing, right? You can imagine that this song was probably considered very provocative for the time period.

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" is not a song that encourages date rape, but is actually challenging the social norms of society during the time period. When you listen to the song, you notice that at one part of the song, the female states, "At least I can say that I tried," which suggests that she really doesn't want to leave. In fact, most of the song, she is going back and forth the whole time about leaving stating, "I ought to say no…well maybe just a half a drink more," and other phrases.

She doesn't want to leave but doesn't really have a choice due to fear of causing a scandal, which would have consequences with how others will treat her. It was not like today's society where nobody cares how late someone stays at another man's house. Nowadays, we could care less if we heard that our single neighbor stayed over a single man's house after 7. We especially don't try to look through our curtain to check on our neighbor. Well, maybe some of us do. But back then, people did care about where women were and what they were doing.

The female singer also says in the lyrics, "The neighbors might think," and, "There's bound to be talk tomorrow," meaning she's scared of how others might perceive her for staying with him. She even says, "My sister will be suspicious," and, "My brother will be there at the door," again stating that she's worried that her family will find out and she will face repercussions for her actions. Yes, she is a grown woman, but that doesn't mean that she won't be treated negatively by others for going against the social norms of the time period.

Then why did the male singer keep pressuring her in the song? This is again because the song is more about challenging the social norms of the time period. Both the female and male singers in the song are trying to find excuses to stay and not leave.

On top of that, when you watch the video of the scene in which the song was originally viewed, you notice that the genders suddenly switch for another two characters, and now it's a female singer singing the male singer's part and vice versa. You also notice that the whole time, both characters are attracted to one another and trying to find a way to stay over longer.

Yes, I know you're thinking it doesn't matter about the genders. But, the song is again consensual for both couples. The woman, in the beginning, wants to stay but knows what will await if she doesn't leave. The male singer meanwhile is trying to convince her to forget about the rules for the time period and break them.

In addition, the complaint regarding the lyric "What's in this drink?" is misguided. What a lot of people don't understand is that back in 1944, this was a common saying. If you look at the lyrics of the song, you notice that the woman who is singing is trying to blame the alcoholic drink for causing her to want to stay longer instead of leaving early. It has nothing to do with her supposed fear that he may have tried to give her too much to drink in order to date rape her. Rather, she is trying to find something to blame for her wanting to commit a scandal.

As you can see, when you view the song from the cultural perspective of the 1940s, you realize that the song could be said to fight against the social norms of that decade. It is a song that challenges the social constrictions against women during the time period. You could even say that it's an example of women's rights, if you wanted to really start an argument.

Yes, I will admit that there were movies and songs made back in the time period that were part of the culture of date rape. However, this song is not the case. It has a historical context that cannot be viewed from today's perspective.

The #MeToo movement is an important movement that has led to so many changes in our society today. However, this is not the right song to use as an example of the date rape culture.

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22 Items That Are Worth Splurging On

You shouldn't always break the bank on buying things, but these items are definitely worth the extra couple bucks.

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You can find a lot of items you need/want that are inexpensive, but they don't always hold up. These items are definitely ones you should spend a little extra money to be sure they are good quality and will last.

1. Wallets and purses

When you use something everyday, you want it to hold up and be able to last you a long time.

2. Boots 

It is definitely necessary to get boots that keep you warm and are comfortable to wear, especially if they have a heel.

3. Tennis shoes

Whether you are using tennis shoes to workout in just to wear casually, you want them to hold up and be comfortable to be active in.

4. Jeans

Jeans are a necessity for every outfit and you can wear them all year long! Buying a pair of jeans that fit you perfectly will make you feel like you can conquer the world.

5. Jewelry 

It is definitely worth it to spend the extra dollar on jewelry so it doesn't tarnish, and for me, my skin is very sensitive so I really only can wear real gold or silver earrings.

6. Leggings

When buying leggings, it is worth to spend more money so they don't get holes easily, aren't see through, and if you are like me and wear them every day you will definitely get your money worth out of them.

7. Winter coats

Being in college you have to walk far in the cold, so it is definitely worth to spend a little extra money on one and make sure it is warm and withstand any kind of weather that is around you.

8. Swimsuits

Swimsuits are very tricky and hard to find that fit you well. You don't want it to be see-through and you also want it to be able to withstand chlorine and protect you from the sun. You also want your swimsuit to fit you perfectly so it is comfortable and doesn't fall off your become saggy.

9. Bras and underwear

Undergarments are one of the most important parts of your outfit. If they don't fit well, they can make you look bigger than you really are and could potentially not be flattering. Once you have bras and underwear that fit well you will feel so much more comfortable.

10. Perfume

I love to splurge on perfume for many different reasons, but the biggest reason is that the ingredients they use last longer and stick better to your skin.

11. Sunglasses

Everyone loves fun sunglasses and it is so easy to just buy a cute cheap pair, but a good quality pair is definitely worth it because they will last and they protect your eyes better than a $10 pair.

12. Sweaters

In the winter when you are wearing sweaters you want them to keep you warm and to not be a cheap material that won't hold up in the wash. Cheap materials also snag more easily than a sweater that is better quality.

13. Backpacks

Spending a little extra on a backpack can guarantee it will last you a couple years and you can trust to fill it with your computer and it is safe.

14. Makeup

Spending a little extra money on makeup can make a huge difference in how your face reacts to the product and how well it stays on throughout the day.

15. Sheets

You can tell the difference between cheap sheets and ones with better quality. Good quality sheets don't ball up and after washing them, they come out as good as new.

16. Water bottles

Everyone is always constantly drinking water and by investing in a quality plastic or even stainless steel one you can reuse and help save the earth!

17. Laundry detergent

Paying more for quality laundry detergent you can make sure your body won't break out and make sure your laundry really gets clean and smells good.

18. Toilet paper

We all know why it's definitely worth to splurge on buying good quality toilet paper!

19. Professional hair cuts and colors

Not only is it worth to splurge on haircuts and colors but you want to make sure you go to someone you trust so you know for sure you will be happy with the outcome.

20. Hair and face products

If you have sensitive skin you want to make sure you are using the right products so your face doesn't react negatively. You also want to make sure you are using the correct hair products so you don't damage your hair.

21. Alcohol

Splurging on alcohol can help you from getting a bad hangover the next day, and best of all it tastes better.

22. FOOD

Food is always worth splurging on, if you're going to spend money on food you might as well make it worth it.

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