.@rachel_handler reached out to Dr. Lauren Streicher — author of 'Sex Rx: Hormones, Health, and Your Best Sex Ever' — to ask about her impressions of @iamcardib and @theestallion's "WAP," its accuracy in reflecting WAP culture, and more https://t.co/ZtiEkz0Ves— Vulture (@vulture) August 11, 2020
-Vulture's Rachel Handler asked Dr. Lauren Streicher (author of Sex Rx: Hormones, Health, and Your Best Sex Ever & Northwestern's Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause's medical director) about her thoughts on Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion's "WAP," which is currently the #1 song on US Spotify, iTunes, and Apple Music
-Dr. Streicher discusses the uvula, macaroni in a pot, and Ben Shapiro's take on the lyrics. Excerpted highlights of the conversation behind the cut:
On her overall response to the song: "From a gynecologic point of view, this is just talking about normal physiology, normal response. And what’s so unusual about it, of course, is that 'nice' women don’t talk about this. Men are constantly bragging about how hard their dicks are and how long they are, but women don’t get to brag about how wet they are."
On 'macaroni in a pot' as an analogy for a WAP: "I like the idea, but I think it’s kind of a false equivalency to say it’s like macaroni in the pot. I don’t know if that’s what I would use. I’d go with 'juicy peach,' which is something you see a lot more of. It’s more the idea of something juicy, as opposed to slippery macaroni. As somebody who looks at a lot of vaginas, that visualization has never entered my head."
Note: as Cardi discusses below, "macaroni in a pot" actually refers to the sound of a WAP rather than its look:
On whether or not "WAP" shames women who don't have an abundance of natural lubrication: "They’re talking about their own experience. And, if anything, they’re normalizing the fact that 'Hey, ladies, this is something that happens, and this is normal.' This wasn’t about squirting, but there are a lot of women who squirt when they have an orgasm. And there’s this whole thing about 'I’m so embarrassed, and what are people gonna think?' It’s about recognizing a spectrum of normal that has nothing to do with shaming someone who doesn’t fit within the description that someone is giving of their experience."
On Ben Shapiro tweeting that a WAP indicates infection: "The problem with what he’s saying is that there’s a difference between someone saying, 'I have an abnormal discharge, I have a huge volume of moisture all the time.' These women are saying they’re sexually aroused! So they get very wet. That’s normal. That’s the flaw in his reasoning. To be wet when you’re aroused is normal."
As I also discussed on the show, my only real concern is that the women involved -- who apparently require a "bucket and a mop" -- get the medical care they require. My doctor wife's differential diagnosis: bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection, or trichomonis.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 10, 2020
Finally, on whether or not its dangerous that Cardi requests that her partner reach "that lil dangly thing that swing in the back of [her] throat": "As long as she can breathe. Problem is if his balls are obstructing her nose. That could be dangerous. But no, it’s not dangerous. Just listen to your body. If it’s uncomfortable and you can’t breathe, then let them know and push them off. But in general, no. Not dangerous."
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