Ariana Grande’s ‘God is a Woman’ —​ Close, but Still Sacrilege

Christy Chichester

Christy Chichester
October 2, 2018

Can female sexuality be celebrated without being idolatrously elevated?

Alex Bersin
October 8, 2018

Despite the abundant imagery, this song isn't about religion (it’s just a passing metaphor) or sexuality. Note how Grande herself comments on the glass ceiling in the video:

"to my fellow goddesses who work their a**es off every day to 'break the glass ceiling', this is for you. i respect u and am endlessly inspired by u. pls continue to f*** it up, to be yourself unapologetically & always know how celebrated u are. hope this can be ya anthem".

"God Is a Woman" is about women. It's about all the times women have been shamed for enjoying sex or even desiring it, but that's only one example among the many ways that women have been marginalized by men over the centuries.

So I wouldn't take this song as liberating women to be licentious or self-absorbed in a deifying way. Rather, it’s liberating women from the societal expectations that were largely written by men.

If Grande's approach appears unbalanced in its empowerment of women, I contend that this is necessary in cases where imbalance exists to overcompensate rather than normalize the current, oppressive state of affairs (such as #BlackLivesMatter).

January 12, 2019

Alex Bersin's response is so perfect, I have no additional comments.

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