What does S&M mean?

Rihanna: S&M Meaning

Tagged: Sex [suggest]
Album cover for S&M album cover

Song Released: 2011

S&M Lyrics

Na na na na
Come on
Na na na na aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Come on
Na na na na na
Come on
Na na na na
Come on, come on, come on
Na na na na
Come on
Na na na na
Come on
Na na na na na
Come on
Na na na na
Come on, come on,...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jul 11th 2011 !⃝

    I think there's something to be said for different layers of meaning in this song. Obviously, the surface talks about, "Hey, I like sex and I'm not ashamed to say so." But there's also the possibility of a deeper layer that says, "I like myself, even if you don't. I'm not ashamed to be what I am. I'm not trying to be someone else, just me. Don't try to force me into a mold. I'm unique." She's using one of the more unusual and yet well-known fetishes to make a statement that even if a person is different from the norm, that's okay.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Jun 24th 2011 !⃝

    Rihanna tweeted that s&m stop for scandals and media..which makes sense if you watch the video. Her dress is made out of newspaper clippings like "daddy issues?" and others like that. She went through a lot with the press and rumors and I think that is what s&m is about.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Jan 6th 2013 !⃝

    that is really about sadism and machoism,believe me.you just have to search TWISTED FACTORY,as the video shows,whipimg,rihanna has tight by ropes and also their mouth. mabye she wanted to relate it to paparazzi too.

  4. anonymous
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    May 31st 2023 !⃝

    All i have to say is Rihanna knows the real meaning of HER song and that's all that matters. Everyone can say wat they want but Rihanna knows the meaning of HER song cause she wrote it. S&M:Scandals & Media

  5. anonymous
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    Jul 24th 2018 !⃝

    It’s Sadism (the act of feeling pleasure when “hurting” a partner in a sexual way) and Masochism (the act of feeling pleasure when being “hurt” in a sexual way).


  6. ThinkingForever
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    May 27th 2015 !⃝

    This song it's very good for the shock effect it has. The ambiguous message in this it's perfect, yet still the raw lyrics with the quite explicit lack of elegant innuendo's for the Social and Media and Sadomasoquism turns this song into a very, very politically incorrect song either way even when the rhythm it's amazing and the powerful electronic effects flips everything right out the window and makes you forget what's even the meaning of this, and blast this as loud as you can.

  7. anonymous
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    May 14th 2014 !⃝

    I saw illuminati pop into the music video more then once.

  8. anonymous
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    Dec 30th 2013 !⃝

    The song is about the abuse of media. Especially the sexual aspect of it. The media highlight celebrities life's in the negative. And the projections scene is also saying all the bullsh*t the media shows you. Not that she is illuminati which if you still believe that kill yourself chase your doing nothing but being brainwashed by false talk.

  9. anonymous
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    Mar 22nd 2013 !⃝

    S&M is where women pretty much afflict pain on themselves for pleasure. It's all in the mind. Anybody who thinks that pain feels good is unfortunately VERY UNBALANCED in the mind. But it all starts from when you were taught as a baby and onward. You were not born with the knowledge of abusing drugs and partying. These Women that do this must have had some past to them to make them like this.

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  10. anonymous
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    Sep 19th 2012 !⃝

    uhmmm..... the only person that knows the true meaning is Rihanna herself.... lol

  11. anonymous
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    Jun 3rd 2012 !⃝

    It's actually Sex and Molestation.
    It can also be Sadism and Masochism. So with these combined, Rihanna enjoys the fact that she is abusing these people and doing whatever she wants because she enjoys it during their time.

  12. anonymous
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    Feb 23rd 2012 !⃝

    look at the freaking video and when she's in front of the projector you look very closely and closey and keep looking and watch the words that pops up. "Illuminati Princess"

  13. anonymous
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    Jan 23rd 2012 !⃝

    It's about her secret fantasy of being forced to eat cat poop like cereal, while her boyfriend beats her with a stick and makes her recite poetry in between bites.

  14. anonymous
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    Jan 23rd 2012 !⃝

    Considering every second song of hers is about sex it would be easily assumed that this song is about sex and domination and whatever but one of the comments up there nailed it on the head its about not giving too hoots about the criticism she recieves from the media and basically saying well this is me and if you dont like it you can kindly.....$%&* *^^!!!

  15. anonymous
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    Jan 15th 2012 !⃝

    Its not about the devil you stupid idiot! Wtf? Hahaha its about sex! Read through the words carefully and then come back! Righto! :)

  16. anonymous
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    Jan 9th 2012 !⃝

    i really dont care whatever it mean,it is the best song of rihanna so far and i like it so much!

  17. anonymous
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    Dec 6th 2011 !⃝

    Personally, it could be the sadism and whatever.. But there can also be a meaning that I thought of which is similar... Okay, Se- and Molestation?

  18. anonymous
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    Nov 16th 2011 !⃝

    u guys always jump to conclusions. its not abut sex. its about the paparazzi. u wuld know that if you read the lyrics carefully. btw s&m stand for scandles and media. yaall dumbasses (no offence). lemme translate it for ya. "i may be bad but im perfectly good at it" u may think im a bad singer, but im actually gud at it. "sex in air, i dont care. i love the smell of it" i dot care what you think. i like myself just the way i am. "sticks and stones may brake my bones. but chains & wimps excite me" ur words wont hurt me. just make me stronger. in her music video,it shows paparrazzi. sex is a METAPHORE. duh!

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