“Dedication To My Ex” By Lloyd Is The Women’s Studies Dept Worst Nightmare (NSFW)

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What is there to say about “Dedication To My Ex,” the catchy pop song by Lloyd all about his ex’s vagina? I mean, really, what should I say?  I’ve been sitting here typing and deleting and typing again and … I just don’t know what to say. “Dedication To My Ex” is a super-catchy pop song that could have been written and performed by Hanson, if only the lyrics were not all about an unnamed ex and how her “p**sy done changed.”

 

In the most extreme objectification and commodification of the vadge that you’ll probably ever hear in a pop song, Lloyd, Lil Wayne and Andre 3000 implore this woman “tell me where that p**sy go / because it don’t feel the same no more” and asks, pleadingly, “why is this happening to me? / she told me that it was my p**sy.” (These are the NSFW lyrics; there is a cleaned up version of the song — “the radio edit” –where he sings “I miss that lovin’” instead of “I miss that p**sy.”) If all that’s not gross enough, as a bow on top, in lyrics towards the end of the song he sings “I’m about to kill this bitch.” The song finishes with Lloyd saying “F**k that bitch” and then laughing.

 

It’s not the use of the word “p**sy” in a song that I object to or even a guy singing an ode to it. It’s that it’s such a possessive song that completely characterizes this woman and her vagina as dirty, bad, and gross after she’s cheated. That’s what the singer is lamenting — the quality of “his” p**sy. The p**sy is the woman and the woman/p**sy is Lloyd’s possession, repeatedly referring to her vagina as “my s**t” and wondering what she did with his vagina. As blogger Ali Trachta put it at the L.A. Weekly, it’s “dehumanizing.”

 

Like I said, I don’t even know what to say about this misogyny. I like the music in the song; I’m just tired by the hatred some artists, especially hip hop artists, have towards women. It’s sad that such a catchy, upbeat, fun song scrapes the bottom of the barrel to distinguish itself. [L.A. Weekly]

 

[I just want to mention that this song is basically the male equivalent of "Smell Yo Dick" by Riskay. Check out the link to that video above. -- Editor]

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