God is a Woman - Ariana Grande




The Experience: It's all in me... I wish I could meet their every dream and need...

Music video: The imagery has a double theme. First, girl power: planet-shaped balloons in Ariana's hand, galaxies worn as clothing, the earth as her throne, and the shattered glass roof add a layer of power to the message. Second, sex: widely spread legs (monumental and otherwise) and female genitals (the design in Ariana's paint bath). That dichotomy skews the message itself: "women are powerful" and "women are sex objects" are hard to reconcile. Finally, men appear in a purely subservient role: haters, objects that squirm around in bed, and cubs sucking at their mother's breast, and that leaves the message of empowerment weakened by insecurity - equals don't need to drag each other down to stand tall.

The absence of true equality comes to a peak in the final reworked Creation of Adam. The fact God is a Women's version is all female takes much of the richness and complexity out of the original, which featured a female representation of the second person of the Holy Trinity - the young girl with the green scarf - alongside the very masculine first person - the Father - in acknowledgement of the long-standing biblical tradition of identifying the feminine Wisdom with the second person of the Holy Trinity, present and active with the Father at the creation of Adam. That doesn't mean God is a woman any more than he's a man. But you can't describe God without channeling both. When the you eliminate the differences between man and woman, you flatten and impoverish the art... and reality itself.

The Meaning of God is a Woman: The song is about female empowerment, focusing on the sexual - you love it how I move you you love it how I touch you and Baby lay me down etc. But to understand the depth of the song, you have to understand God means many different things, primarily because God is so many different things. God is the object of all desire. God is perfect happiness.  God is what grants perfect happiness. God is a Women isn't about God, it's about women, and the happiness and life and protection they can offer. That's hyperbole: exaggerated because one of the hardest lessons to learn is that you yourself can't make the people you love perfectly happy, but still not blasphemy 

Ask yourself: Can any one person meet all your needs?

Album: Sweetener (2018)

LYRICS:


You, you love it how I move you
You love it how I touch you
My one, when all is said and done
You'll believe God is a woman
And I, I feel it after midnight
A feeling that you can't fight
My one, it lingers when we're done
You'll believe God is a woman

I don't wanna waste no time, yeah
You ain't got a one-track mind, yeah
Have it any way you like, yeah
And I can tell that you know I know how I want it
Ain't nobody else can relate
Boy, I like that you ain't afraid
Baby, lay me down and let's pray
I'm tellin' you the way I like it, how I want it

(Yeah)
And I can be all the things you told me not to be
(Yeah)
When you try to come for me, I keep on flourishing
(Yeah)
And he see the universe when I'm in company
It's all in me

You, you love it how I move you
You love it how I touch you
My one, when all is said and done
You'll believe God is a woman
And I, I feel it after midnight
A feeling that you can't fight
My one, it lingers when we're done
You'll believe God is a woman

I tell you all the things you should know
So, baby, take my hand, save your soul
We can make it last, take it slow, hmm
And I can tell that you know I know how I want it, yeah
That you different from the rest
And boy, if you confess, you might get blessed
See if you deserve what comes next
I'm tellin' you the way I like it, how I want it

(Yeah)
And I can be all the things you told me not to be
(Yeah)
When you try to come for me, I keep on flourishing
(Yeah)
And he see the universe when I'm in company
It's all in me

You, you love it how I move you
You love it how I touch you
My one, when all is said and done
You'll believe God is a woman
And I, I feel it after midnight
A feeling that you can't fight
My one, it lingers when we're done
You'll believe God is a woman, yeah, yeah

(God is a woman)
Yeah, yeah
(God is a woman, yeah)
My one
(One)
When all is said and done
You'll believe God is a woman
You'll believe God
(God is a woman)
Oh, yeah
(God is a woman, yeah)
(One)
It lingers when we're done
You'll believe God is a woman


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin
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