How Rihanna's 'Kiss It Better' Video Shatters Sexual Taboos
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2016

  • Posted by: Don Saas

Let's talk about sex specifically of the "going down to Boca Raton" variety. Rihanna has never shied away from sexuality in her music and her art, and we applaud her for that. If men can talk about their sexual conquests, women should have the same right to be vocal and open in their sexual desires/fantasies/exploits. And Rihanna's new music video for "Kiss It Better" tackles a subject that is so taboo in pop culture that if a film shows it in any meaningful detail, it's automatically slapped with an NC-17 rating (look up the rating board process for the film Blue Valentine if you don't believe us). Look, we're going to stop beating around the bush here (pun not intended). We're talking about head. If you're a sexually active man or a sexually active woman, it's part of your life (unless you're a dude that is a selfish asshole in which case don't be that guy). "Kiss Me Better" is a song about Rihanna's desire for some competent pleasure south of the border, and even if you aren't a fan of Rihanna's music, you've got to applaud a pop star of her stature (arguably only surpassed by Beyonce and Taylor Swift in album/tour/single sales) writing a track this risque and about such a hot button issue (I promise I'm not doing this on purpose). You might say, "hey, maybe this writer is just thirsty as all get out and is projecting onto this video." We'll politely respond with, "Have you seen this video yet?" It starts with a nude Rihanna laying underneath sheer sheets as dice are strategically moved around her lower stomach and her crotch as she writhes in orgasmic ecstasy. And though the dice eventually disappear, about 50% of the video is just Rihanna writhing around simulating sexual ecstasy of a very specific variety with an invisible partner. And the song is called "Kiss It Better" and it actively calls out dudes who don't want to partake in that particular feast. And to that we say, good for you RiRi. We salute you for letting every man on the planet know what you want (and honestly what most women want but are shamed into rarely if ever saying publicly). We salute you and SNL's Colonel Angus salutes you below.
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