Enter 2011 and Kelly Rowland’s single Motivation is likely to enter its ssixth week at #1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart. The lead single, featuring rap phenom Lil’ Wayne, is accompanied by a sexier Rowland with her hands all over eight-pack adorned men and barely there outfits. Recently, the media has cited Rowland’s star is due to the flamboyancy of her sexual prowess. Obviously, these reporters did not do their Youtube or Vevo homework. If the reporters did they would have found “Comeback” (from her sophomore effort, Miss Kelly), where she displays her sexuality with similar vigor.
Through sexual favors and marriage, women have always been able to move forward in society. Many feminists believe this move to be ill-fated; however, I find it a woman’s prerogative to use her sexuality in asserting her autonomy and subverting patriarchal authority. How can we as a society even question Kelly Rowland’s decision to provide for herself by one of the few ways society has told her she can as a woman, but not criticize male athletes for getting faster or stronger?