Rappers like ASAP Rocky, Lil’ Wayne, and Jay-Z use their lyrics to describe women in derogatory words that would devalue a woman’s self. Music videos also show women wearing extremely revealing clothing and dancing in provocative ways. Most of these rappers are male, and t... ... middle of paper ... ...dermined in all forms of media. They tend to be over sexualized and underrepresented. Most of my findings are stereotypes of women.
These sources explore various dimensions of music, with the one common factor of being in relation to gender. Current trends in popular music media suggest an increased sexualized representation of women. As a result, it is in question as to how this is influencing society, especially the youth. Through lyrics in songs and music videos, we see the portrayal of women is becoming subdued. McCarthy (2006) describes the female body as a “performance site” through which male dominance is “materialized” or “subverted” (p.71).
Misogyny and degradation of women is present in almost every genre of music, yet the one genre that completely revolves around demeaning women is rap. Over the years rap and rap music videos have continually become more sexual and degrading towards women. Rap has been criticized numerous times for this reason, and that is because rap is one of the most popular genres of music for the younger generations. It is more than a genre of music, it is a complete industry filled with clothing and other merchandise. The reason this constant demeaning of women exists is because rap as a genre that rewards the objectification of women.
In a lot of music videos, especially hip-hop/rap, females are portrayed in a negative way, which causes a harmful influence on the people who view them. The most common theme in hip-hop music videos is the objectification of females. Women are portrayed as sexual objects throughout the videos. In some videos they are seen as a type of reward or trophy for the male. Other times they are seen holding money to gain the attention of men or are even portrayed as slaves willing to do anything to please the men in the videos.
Today’s hip-hop generation is criticized for its negative portrayal of women which can be seen in music videos and lyrics. Hip hop artists are continuing to sexualize the female form, degrading women by using terms such as bitch, hoe, and slut to describe them in their lyrics. Women are pawns in the game of status and are objectified in the process. The use of women as sexualized props is often shown in music videos, as almost every music video that is produced will most likely feature half-naked women dancing sensually in the background, all while being objectified by their male
In Paglia’s article, “Madonna I: Animality and Artifice,” she claims that dominatrix (used by Madonna) empowers women, and it should be praised by all female musicians (89). I agree to Paglia’s claim that sexuality sometimes empower rather than exploit women to act sluttish; however, in music, I believe the line between a woman using sexuality and promoting herself as an object is unnoticed because it changes depend on who dominate. When male musicians dominate a certain type of genre (hip-hop), many new musicians (women included) degrade women to jumpstart their career because sex sell. For instance, before Nicki Minaj gets famous, she started her career by degrading women in her mix tape, “Sucka Free,” cover picture because most people think hip-hop is only male profession, and it has little respect for women because mostly men listen to hip-hop. And so for female rappers to get the attention from those men, she has to jumpstart her career by using her sex appeal image.
Sexism, throughout the world, causes men to feel superior over women. Sexism in the music industry continues today. Many female artists’ careers are affected by this prejudice. Female artists have not only begun to stand up for themselves, but have also started to speak out against this problem. By acknowledging that this problem exists in the music industry, females hope to eliminate this challenge for all girls hoping to be famous artists in the future.
There are a growing number of people who purchase rap albums that support the fallacy that women are mere objects and should be treated as such. As the popularity of rap continues to climb at unprecedented rates, so too does its influence on the perception of women. In the vast majority of hip-hop songs, the depiction of women as sexual objects, the extreme violence directed towards them and the overall negative influence these lyrics have on the average adolescent's perception of women make rap the absolute epitome of female exploitation. The oppressive picture displaying the sexual objectification of women that most hip-hop artists paint while rapping can only be described as appalling. Many artists imply that a woman?s sole purpose is to gratify a man?s every sexual desire.
One of the main causes of perpetuating sexist ideals in the 21st century is media. While women have made tremendous gains towards independance, media has created gender inequalities by portraying women mainly as complete dehumanized sex objects. While we have gone a long way in terms of womens rights, media is doing the most damage to women. More specifically within the media, one of the main offenders of this is music. Not only do music videos show women scantily clad and being treated as sexual objects the majority of the time, but the lyrics themselves are degrading to women.
Liberal feminists believe that women are in control of their own sexuality and have the right to express it in any way they choose. In contrast, radical feminists believe that female artists who expose their body in a sexual way and believe they have full control over themselves, are actually still trying to satisfy their predominantly male audience, therefore giving them control . To exemplify the different views on female development over time this es... ... middle of paper ... ... control in the eye of male viewers . Regarding Rihanna’s “S&M” music video, radicals would argue that even though Rihanna seeks to show enjoyment through her sexual action and lyrics, she limits female empowerment and promotes sexual violence in the form of bondage against women. Furthermore she supports gender inequality by acting for men satisfaction through her sexual talk and actions .