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Madonna, the "godmother of slutwave", performing "Devil Pray" during her Rebel Heart Tour concert in Antwerp, Belgium on November 28, 2015. (pictured with one of the male dancers dressed as a priest)

"Slutwave" is a pejorative applied to female pop music stars who "favor sex appeal – suggestive dancing, scant clothing, explicit lyrics – to promote their career over their actual music."[1]


The term originated on the satirical music blog Hipster Runoff (2008–2013) and subsequently gained wider usage.[2]

Notable artists[edit]

Madonna, according to LA Weekly's K.C. Libman, is the "godmother" of slutwave. He explained that this is because she "ushered in a powerful era of female sexuality in pop music".[3] Other singers described as "slutwave" include Katy Perry, Kesha, Rihanna,[3][4] Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Cardi B, and Lana Del Rey.[5][6][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Slutwave: Pop Phenomenon or Feminist Scourge?". Houston Press. January 2011.
  2. ^ Just A Fangirl: Gender, Identity, Community and Katy Perry|Jessie Hunt –
  3. ^ a b c "Slutwave Tumblr Rap Rape Gaze, Weird Obscure Music Subgenres". LA Weekly. July 6, 2012. p. 3.
  4. ^ Baker, Ernest (December 22, 2010). "The 25 Greatest Slutwave Songs of all Time". Archived from the original on 2011-03-22.
  5. ^ "What is Slutwave?". The Frisky. 18 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Slutwave really isn't all that slutty". Jezebel.