Feminist Pop Singer Anna Wise Unapologetically Loves Weed
New York-based, Anna Wise won a grammy for her work with Kendrick Lamar, and she dropped her “Coconuts” video from her The Feminine: Act II EP in February. Her music is ethereal, poppy, and ultra-catchy (same goes for her amazing videos) and her music is concerned with (or not so concerned) women. And, Vogue, calls Anna’s feminist-charged music, "Feminist Pop," and if that’s a thing, she’s making all the right music to fill the genre.
Not unlike Chicago, Wise uses music to push the dialogue of gender equality. Her debut EP, The Feminine: Act I, contains tracks about the stigmas around female sexuality (“BitchSlut”) and about issues in the workplace (“Decrease My Waist, Increase My Wage”). But rather than being pedagogic, Wise’s synth-pop anthems feel exploratory, a genuine inquiry into where our culture went wrong with gender.
Still, Wise is still pushing the limits and she doesn’t intend to let her womanhood leave her in the shadows. We caught up with her to talk weed, something she’s open about on Instagram and in her life. She's not concerned with what anyone thinks of her cannabis consumption, especially in the music industry, and she’s never worried about hiding it from anyone.
KINDLAND: What makes you feel safe and open about sharing weed pics online?
Anna Wise: Marijuana is a sentient being living inside a plant, it’s here to teach us. It should not be illegal. I want to do my little part to loosen the stigma around it. It's not about feeling safe, it's about doing what I feel is right.
KINDLAND: How does marijuana empower women?
Anna Wise: I think marijuana empowers women to be fully in our bodies. We can commune with our vulnerabilities in a way that is the absolute antithesis of alcohol. It can be useful in getting in touch with our sexuality, sensuality, and creativity. It’s hard to be dishonest when you’re partaking in cannabis, especially with yourself and your true desires. It erodes loyalty to cultural values. It reminds us that we are sentient beings. It opens our minds to what existence really is.
Women have a long-standing connection with plants that stems back farther than our current species. Before we were even homo-sapiens, female humanoids had a deep connection with plants. Through that connection, we created language, a language to describe all the plants. Plus, only the female cannabis produces buds, reinforcing the women’s role as divine creator.
KINDLAND: How is your openness to weed received by the public? By the industry?
Anna Wise: I don’t know and I don’t care. I’m going to be honest about things I like without fear of it being received in any kind of way.
KINDLAND: Why do you think women feel they have to hide their pot use?
Anna Wise: Maybe I live in a bubble, but everyone I know who loves weed is open about it. Maybe some people have strict families and they don’t want to rock the boat, maybe the laws are super strict where they live, or maybe they have some lingering programming from their childhood telling them it’s bad. Also, I think some people like to keep certain things private, and that’s ok!