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    A Feminist Woman Who Openly Loves Eminem, With Lyrical Analysis

    Women vs. Eminem

    For decades, women have had a hard time negotiating Eminem’s public image. As the rapper puts it himself as the voice of a feminist woman in “The Real Slim Shady”, “I’m sick of him. Look at him, walking around grabbing his you-know-what, flippin’ the you-know-who–”

    The rapper has potentially glorified violence and contempt against women in tracks such as, “Kim”. The track, named after his ex-wife and daughter’s mother, Kim Scott, is horrifyingly explicit as Eminem describes his fantasy of murdering her for cheating.

    “So long, *****, you did me so wrong/I don’t wanna go on living in this world without you,” Eminem sings in the chorus.

    So then, why does Eminem still have female fans? Is it for the same reason the second female voiced by Eminem in “The Real Slim Shady” interjects? “Yeah, but he’s so cute though.”

    Breaking Down His Lyrics

    For me, I enjoy Eminem for his honest song-writing. Though his lyrics about disrespecting and inflicting violence on women are terrible and sad, they at least paint an authentic portrayal of his troubled inner-landscape. He is open with the audience about how he thinks and feels, and this is a tool we as listeners can use to better relate to and understand men like him if we are brave enough to do so.

    One of the most obvious examples of Eminem’s authenticity as a song-writer is his 2002 track, “Cleanin’ Out My Closet” in which, he details his troubled relationship with his mother and how misunderstood by listeners and by the media he feels with lines like, “see they can trigger me, but they’ll never figure me out.” Though he can rationalize that he is the victim of abuse, “my whole life I was made to believe I was sick when I wasn’t,” his lyrics reveal that he has at least partially internalized the idea that he is un-well, “sick as the mind of the ************* kid that’s behind/All this commotion.”

    Slim Shady Loves His Mama

    Eminem clearly still longs to be a “good” son despite the pain that he endured during his upbringing. In fact, he describes it in masterful detail throughout the song. And it brings him even more pain to feel as though he is failing to live up to his own ideals of perfection. The chorus encapsulates his anguish over being unable to be the perfect son for his mother, “I’m sorry, Mama! I never meant to hurt you! I never meant to make you cry…” His background can provide answers as to why Eminem behaves, thinks, and feels in the ways in which he does once we stop using it as an excuse to justify his poor behavior as a grown man.

    “Superman” is another song with a particularly powerful narrative about failing to live up to the masculine ideals  set by societal expectations, but now these expectations are for manhood as a boyfriend or partner to his lover. “They call me ‘Superman’/I’m here to rescue you/I wanna save you girl,” as well as his feeling that he is failing to live up to such expectations, “I can’t be your Superman.”

    When we look closer, we can clearly see the parallels between his tumultuous childhood and his difficulties with maintaining relationships. Mainly, so much of what fuels Eminem’s epic rage is a hugely relatable disconnect between his ideals and his reality.



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    1. Excellent article featuring Eminem.
      He is after all, only human, like the rest of us.

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