A New Anti-Feminist Rap On MTV Hustle Takes Internalised Misogyny To Another Level

Posted: August 20, 2019

A recent song by female rapper Star Nick on MTV Hustle peddles all the usual stereotypes about feminism. It’s 2019, do we still need to defend feminism?

Opposition to feminism is not new. Though it is gaining ground now with the aid of social media, this anti-feminist rant has existed since the start of the movement.

Those who say that equality is not well-practiced and brings out the anti-feminists, sorry, I cannot take your argument. Hatred towards feminism is blatant misogyny and misogyny hasn’t faded.

It is rather unfortunate to see that a number of women with internalised misogyny are taking it to another level.

I recently, came across this video that made me realise that mini-blogging on Twitter wouldn’t suffice for everything I want to say.

This song from MTV’s newest venture MTV Hustle, makes me wonder if it’s just a misunderstanding about feminism. Or if it is a new trend that I see, among some women, to earn fame?

After all, misogyny sells very well.

Coming to some of the concerning lines in the song, let me bust the fallacy with some reality.

Inke (Feminism ke) haath janta hai

(“The public is in the hands of feminists”).

Really? Then Kathua, Bandipora, Unnao and several others would not have remained as hashtags for justice. And the nun from Kerala would have got justice by now.

#MeToo pe jhooth bolu toh chalta hai

(“It’s okay even if we lie under the guise of #MeToo.”)

The cases that couldn’t be proved don’t mean all women lie. Several men too, voiced their trauma and shared their survival stories through #MeToo. But, anti-feminists won’t see, because they have already decided. Yes?

Dowry ke ilzaam mein jhooth bolu chalta hai

(“I can falsely blame my in-laws about dowry.”)

Some women lying doesn’t mean feminism teaches us to misuse law; their families and lawyers do. This particular line from the lyrics has insulted several women who face dowry-related atrocities at home.

Ponder.

Ghar pe baithu toh chalta hai

(“I can stay at home and it’ll be fine.”)

Well, no feminists will tell their men to go fetch the bread while they sit comfortably at home. Feminism is all about helping women create their own identity in their own niche. Feminism creates women who take charge.

A number of women give up their jobs with utter heartbreak as they have a failing support system at home.

This song mocks their sacrifices. Show some empathy.

Who is responsible?

MTV Hustle is responsible for the content of their show. However, blaming feminism is the new low.

I wonder, how can someone bring in mention of Sati in a song on feminism? Sati is patriarchal. And defines everything that has been practiced in the name of patriarchy as feminism. Thus hurting many.

Feminism and distorted knowledge about it

In my personal opinion, with a distorted knowledge about feminism, this song is a complete mismatch. I believe so because a dig on feminism, helpless women, women who lie, women flirting and Sati cannot come together.

One who thinks that feminism is needed to make women strong, then you must know that women are already strong, but the generations kept telling us that we are not. Feminism is essential to stop this societal lie. The song says feminism teaches women to be weak, but the ‘helpless women’ trope has been the game zone of patriarchs.

It takes rare courage by men, to see woman be woman with her whole potential and not as a threat. My respect for those men.

Feminism is not a new thing in India

We have a history of empowered women, from Durga to Rani Lakshmi Bai. And we also worship the epitome of the most feminist man that history ever witnessed, Lord Shiva. Need I say more?

Unless people change their perception, they will find a flaw in feminism. Yet it will rise through resistance.

Hail feminism!

Before I conclude, I must remind you girls, never to forget the sacrifices of women, both nameless and the known few, on whose shoulders we stand today to give this free speech.

There was a time, when leave aside speaking, even women who thought differently were punished. And some even killed in the name of witchcraft because, they reasoned, they questioned and they had an opinion.

Do not tell me that this has been the story of a bygone era. It’s just some 200 years back, and we must learn from history.

Quoting some lines from the song,  “Ladkiyan apna hi nahi, poore desh ka sammaan badhati hain!” (Girls bring honour to a country, not just to themselves).

Well, the onus is not just on women, but on men as well. Every citizen with self-respect does enhance the country’s glory!

Your call.

Picture credits: Screenshot from MTV Hustle’s episode of the anti-feminist rap

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  1. Please go and listen to whole song…I read it by mistake and regret opening this stupid article.

    • So, your act of stupidity is double. lol.

      You go and listen the song, don’t just watch her. Also read the blog to understand. You do both then you come back stupid guy.

  2. I just read your blog and agree with every single word that you have written.

    Kudos to you!

    And shame on girls who are using the freedom that they gained on the shoulder of feminists, to spew venom on their sisters. Good, that you called them out. Keep writing.

    • Prithvish Banerjee -

      The attack is on pseudo feminism. No one should demand respect but earn it. You cannot be respected just because of your gender. That is what the song means. I saw a sensual lesbian video starring Anushka Manchandana and Monica Dogra. I agree it was a very hot video. But one girl actuallly said this is woman empowerment. This song mocks such people.

  3. Ever heard about Amity University case? About how almost illiterate women are hired by companies in place of equally deserving men, just because they HAPPEN to be women? Feminism is for equality, the salutes go to ladies like Star Nick who accept that the Feminist movement is misused. We don’t forget sacrifices, because they are imprinted in the history for everyone to see. Not so much so are the misuses.

  4. And you know what’s the shame? It’s not Anti-Feminist, it’s Fake-Feminist, and when people use these two interchangeably, it’s not very hard to tell who’s the lame one here.

  5. If you are here, and with a biased mindset, you are mostly to shame as men did above…I welcome your idiocy, bcus anybody using the word pseudo feminism is an idgit. There is either feminism or anti-feminism (I.E. blatant hatred against women)

    And a section of women who misuse feminism and also law, I too call out them. Before leaving this space, go to my blog following the below link:

    http://vaastav.org/justice-for-harsh-and-madhav-how-a-dispute-over-parking-turned-horrific/

    Distorting feminism and explaining it, is another kind of low, practiced by anti feminists. And, I am not surprised at all.

    And THANKS to them, who are reading this blog with an open mind.

  6. Hello I’m projectillogic as of today I have 39 songs at http://www.soundcloud.com/projectillogic I used to be on reverb Nation but they stopped letting me upload new songs at reverb and at reverb these are the song reviews I had in my press kit

    “This is more my thing. It’s very upbeat and the guy rapping raps as good as snoop dogg who is the king of rapping. He has a very good voice for rapping and the backtrack is very good as well. Good rhyming in this rap as well. I really like this and hope I get more of this music. 

    “With regards those 2 comments you mentioned, I speak from the point of view of an engineer and from listening experience. For the first, there are many similarities between your music and music which has become successful and/or well known (as well as many differences), so with the appropriate nurturing and treatment, it could become successful”

    -Jabun

    “The song beat was great I loved the lyrics. The rap was just great I loved it I hope other people like this song to. The instrumental was great. The artist did a great job good work for him.The raps of the song was perfect I liked the rap it made since I liked this song. The rapper I think did a great job and I hope he can get big and get to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. I want this rapper to be known for his singing and I want people to know him.”

    “I really like this! The chorus I like a lot too. I love the lyrics. It’s deep and truthful. I like the diffent voices, it sounds like more than on person. The auto tune sounding voice is amazing with the song. The song is not too fast, or too slow, but just right. The lyrics are very understandable, and this song is just great. I would say a hit if it were to be on the radio. :)”

    “I love the lyrics nice beat, Nice tune I love the singers voice the song is a very good piece of music. Im a moder saint like a child palying games you always walk off! I love teh lyrics and teh beat. Im lost in the lyrics they are loved. Th estrain to never be afriad, no no no I can do what ever tonight no no no. This is a total a 10 so good I love this one! The fingers of fury I killed the bery love feel me I dont scare me no no no no fight me no ground!”

    “The 15 years rapping experience definitely shows, that’s definitely not something you can fake.”

    “I definitely see the potential in your music too. Keep at it and I’m sure eventually something’s gotta happen :D”

    “You are right, I see in you a lot of potential, and I see the “creative fire” burning really strong in your heart.”

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