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Shlomo's picture

As some of you may know (and some of you may not), I just posted a rather negative course evaluation.  I was nervous about posting it.  I talked to another classmate who felt it was "ballsy" that we had been asked to submit non-anonymous mid-semester evaluations.  We talked about how we still are getting graded, how we still are regularly interacting with professors and classmates, and how it feels a bit risky to post negative feedback.  So, anyway, my heart was racing a little bit while I was writing my evaluation, and posting it was rather scary.

But a song came on my iPod that really encouraged me, and helped me keep going.  Weirdly enough, it was the song "Roman's Revenge" by Nicki Minaj, which is an offensive song for a number of reasons.   I'm even a little ashamed that it is on my iPod in the first place.  You can read the lyrics here ( or listen to the song here (

Usually when I listen to this song, it makes me uncomfortable.  But for some reason, listening to it tonight made me feel stronger.  How could this song, which is so offensive, empower me?  Make me feel like a stronger woman?  Is it the strong beat?  Is it the angry tone?  The words?  I have no idea.  I just thought it was interesting that a song that is so offensive, particularly regarding gender and sexuality, could light a fire under me about a gender and sexuality course.


Kaye's picture

different takes

When I first read your posting, I was reminded of the Quaker saying that we are called to "Speak Truth to Power."  Clearly, there is a power dynamic that plays out in the class and especially at its conclusion:  Anne and I will "grade" your performances and judge how playful and potential-filled they were.  There's definitely some element of precarity in this for students.  However, speaking one's truth is empowering!

Then, as I listened to the song, which was decidedly un-Quakerly :), I retreated to my biologically trained brain and wondered if listening to such music with its pulsing beats, violent imagery, and angry tone raises our testosterone levels?  For you psychology majors out there--have studies been done about this?