Whore

Album: Blood (2012)
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Songfacts®:

  • Frontwoman Maria Brink told Steppin' Out magazine that despite its title, this is an empowering, beautiful song for women. She explained: "Everything that the word 'whore' means, that song rebels against. That song is sarcastic. It's kind of about learning how to let go of the power that we let other people hold over us with their words with their belittling. Nobody can control us, nobody has the power.... kind of freeing ourselves from the vulnerable, weak parts of us."

    "When somebody calls you something demeaning or hurts you," Brink added, "we're the ones letting them hurt us by letting their words be that powerful. It's about letting go. If you listen to the words: I am the dirt you created. I am your sinner. I am your whore, but let me tell you something — you love me for everything you hate me for. It's all reverse psychology."
  • Brink created the term Women Honoring One Another Rising Eternally to give new meaning away from the derogatory connotation of the "whore" word. "This is an honest and raw movement that needs to be heard," she exclaimed. "The message behind this song is taking back control. It is about taking the power from a disgusting and degrading word and turning it back around on the accuser. It's about self-empowerment, love, and liberation."

    Guitarist Chris Howorth added: "One of the best things about the song 'Whore' is all the feelings and thoughts that the word alone provokes, and that's great, but at the end of the day, it's just a word. The only power it really has is the power that we give it. It's really just about taking the power back from the word, and when you get past all the controversy of the word, you have a bombastic rock and roll song with crushing guitars and huge drums that will have you screaming whore at the top of your lungs!"
  • The song's voyeuristic music video was directed by longtime In This Moment videographer Robert Kley and set in prohibition-era New York. Maria Brink co-starred in the clip with Motionless in White vocalist Chris Motionless. "His look is so perfect for the dirty vintage feel of the video, and he was a perfect gentleman while being violated by me," said Brink.

    "I knew how amazing placing the visual arts to 'Whore' would be when we wrote it, and I have been waiting to release this video since we recorded the song," she continued. "I am so passionate about the concepts and every single detail that goes into shooting a music video, and I created my own stimulating visual metaphor to make this - I am grateful to have worked with Robert Kley again, he always seems to help me bring what I see in my mind to life. 'Whore' is a song that pushes boundaries, and I needed the video to do the same. The song is about taking back control. It is about rising above and finding the power within ourselves. I hope everyone enjoys it!"

Comments: 3

  • Broadside Brooklyn from Iowa FallsI would like to first of all say I absolutely love the band In This Moment. I speak as a trans woman though my biggest problems do not stem from that. They do however stem from the hate and greed and pure disrespect from society for it's own. I at a young age was also told I would never amount to anything and that I was worthless. I love the beginning where you explain this and my most favorite part is that you explain that you can rise above and hope to inspire love out of hate. This is and has been something I have tried to preach and could never seem to be able to get across to people. I hope that the band will be able to read this and maybe give thier blessing as I have decided to make my last stand and am exhausted in my efforts but I would like to lip sync this song along with its message at the beginning on my fb profile page on the 31st of December Brooklyn Sommers is the name on the page you can miss it I did a Harley Quinn photo shoot on my own with a friend and that is the pic you can use to find me. I would love to have the blessing from the band to do this. World love and peace is my nemesis and I am doing my best to change that but it takes so many more to make it happen. My thanks for your time.
  • Mamaditz from Northern California This is such an awesome and moving song. Me and my girl even got tatted with a part of it on our back because it moved us and we could totally relate. And its absolutely empowering and has such an awesome message behind it!!! Love it.
  • Chris Lee from Blackpool EnglandOnly just seen this video (where have i been ? )... Absolutely awesome! Chilling words and an excellent video, both of which do a superb job for each other!
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