But let's just say shorty has an undeveloped context
About the perception of women these days
His mama sings along and this what she says
The word “context” is used in critical social theory to refer to an analysis which is inclusive of race, class, gender, and sexuality inequalities (both individual and structural). Since the young boy’s mind cannot put in perspective the negative connotations of the word “bitch”, he also lacks the specific narrative of “performative femininity” being presented as a “norm” of desirable.
(In other words, since he is a male, and his mother is a female, this leads to the reasoning as to why they need to think about social issues from their respective points of view.)
As a child, he doesn’t understand these misogynist connotations yet, and when his mother uses it (in a way that relates more towards being “strong and dependable” than “weak and dependent”), it makes him think that it is all right for him to use, as well.
Of course, this isn’t the case, as it has an entirely different meaning when a male uses the term.
Undeveloped context means no mature framework or set of interpretive filters— so the boy takes associations as they come— and as what’s true: Mother=Bad Bitch=Good. Mom is defining herself this way, as far as the boy can see. Putting perception of women adjacent to “mama” implies that the boy’s first template for woman is mother.
To help improve the meaning of these lyrics, visit “Bitch Bad” by Lupe Fiasco Lyrics and leave a comment on the lyrics box