Really, fully understand that your mother is a sexual being. ”However absurd it may read on paper—“I go a little beyond,” she concedes—it is convincing to hear.
Rose, like many women’s-studies majors before her, wants everyone to understand the maddening double bind that women face: Why does the world value women as sexual objects but then tear them down for enjoying their own sexuality? It worked during her pitch meeting with Simon & Schuster, which she walked into worrying that a stodgy publishing house might not get her jilted, twerking feminist-mom thing.
It’s become her crusade—her post-Kanye-and-Wiz raison d’être. I have a beautiful son, two assistants, lawyers, business managers, management, and access to pretty much whatever I want,” she says. I do feel more comfortable with someone who’s living up to par with me.”As social lubricants go, cigarettes are out of fashion.
And even if you do wait to have sex and you’re very comfortable and you do exactly what you want to do in that moment, you have to be very careful because you don’t want to be looked at as a ho,” she says, exasperated. She told interviewers that it was true love this time.We revisit last week’s word—translucent—and Rose holds up one of the bottles of water we’ve been chugging. After he obliges, she bows her exquisitely shaped head and he licks the top, like a lizard. It’s a sweet scene—as innocuous and adorable as parenting gets.But it also conjures, somewhat awkwardly, the very thing Rose has been trying for years to escape: her past with one particularly famous and influential man.Both Nas and French Montana used to live here, Rose says. “Hey Sebastian, what’s the new word we learned this week? “Con-ver-sate,” says Sebastian, whose father is the rapper and stoner king Wiz Khalifa.Khalifa and Rose are in the middle of a messy divorce, but Rose, 32, still has a massive tattoo of his shit-eating grin on the back of her left arm.