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I remember when I first saw Charli XCX in Iggy Azalea‘s Clueless-inspired Fancy video. She had big, untamed dark hair, she was sassy as hell, and she managed to totally stand out, despite singing the backup part to Iggy. I knew Charli XCX would become a badass female pop star in her own right, and she totally did! Now we have even more reason to adore her: her new song, Body of my Own, is 100% certified feminist. Why? It’s about why masturbation is everything, which is a statement of bravery and courage in and of itself.

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In it, she sings:

I’m in control
My hands are shaking
My skin’s getting wetter
I’m coming close
It’s overloaded
I walk in with fire

So, she doesn’t quite say “masturbate,” but we can all infer that this is what she’s going for. She follows all that self-pleasure hotness with:

“I’m into myself, don’t need you
Cause I’m gone”

In so much music, female pop stars point to a guy being the center of their sexual universe; the guy must desire them, must pleasure them, must validate them, must be the master of their body. Charli doesn’t exactly see it that way:

“Body of My Own is about masturbation, but it’s a feminist statement more than a song telling you to put your hand in your pants, because girls should own their own bodies. If they’re going to be sexualized, they should sexualize themselves and not let someone else do it for them.”

For the longest time, the idea of women masturbating disturbed people. In fact, it disturbed people so much that even men want to say, “Stop touching yourself!” God forbid a woman be a self-actualized, fully-functional human being with hormones. While this might still be a regular old pop song in some ways, I’m a huge fan of exposing the masses to the things formerly and currently stigmatized, which is why Charli XCX can go right on ahead and tell the people that girl’s bodies aren’t the pure, clean things they’re expected to be!

Keep calm, and get thee to your masturbation hut!