Puffy’s new video for “You Could Be My Lover,” from his MMM mixtape, depicts his usual fare: one or two men dancing in a room full of lovely women. What’s different is Gizzle, the butch lesbian leading the song, rapping about hollering at women in the middle of a misogynistic smorgasbord. Is this progress? Sorta.
Many women spend their lives trying to maintain a good reputation—but what happens when that’s not possible? I spoke with former video model-cum-Confessions of a Video Vixen novelist Karrine Steffans and asked her if it was possible to outgrow labels like “ho” or “Superhead.” Her response was complicated.