Women should be acknowledged for their creative ability instead of their physical beauty. Powers states, “For women in pop music, sexuality is both the most powerful force and the biggest trap” (2). There are also many people in the industry that agree with Powers. However, I disagree with Powers, because I still believe that sexuality is not a big source of success. Some men and women in the music industry believe female artists will only be successful if they dress in a provocative way.
Although misogynistic themes are nothing new to the music industry, rap music in particular has caused a significant uproar over the graphic lyrical exploitation of women in many of its songs. This study will focus on the sub category of rap that contains the most misogynistic themes; ‘gangsta rap’, a term accredited to ‘Niggaz with Attitude’, or ‘N.W.A.’ (Schneider, 2011, Pg. 45), and how the lyrics have the potential for detrimental effects on its listeners. However, although these effects exist, it is important to question whether censorship would have any substantial impact on our already misogynistic society, and whether it would actually stop the production of sexist music. Gangsta rap normalises misogyny by glorifying the sexual objectification and abuse of women.
If a woman’s opinion of men changes simply from a sexist remark, it must be very difficult for an artist to constantly feel discriminated against simply because of her gender. It is common in the music industry for females to be sexualized not only by male artists, but also by someone as irrelevant as a music video director. Male music artists frequently use women as props in their music videos. This may not be the choice of th... ... middle of paper ... ... with their music can help to decrease sexism in the music industry and decrease the need for sexualizing women as well. Sexism, throughout the world, causes men to feel superior over women.
Hip- hop has influenced society on the way women are represented as objects, sexual tools, given false beauty standards, and false self-definition. Hip-hop genre is predominantly men and generally male oriented. Because of that, women find it tough to make a name in this industry and are sexualized. McKenzie Gaudette seems to suggest that in hip-hop women are displayed sexually for money when she says, “However, a closer look demonstrates that the music industry is more interested in selling a woman’s body for profit rather than advance her musical ability as a rap and hip-hop artist”. Clearly, McKenzie Gaudette believes money is brought in by sexual content.
As the crudest and most brutal expression of sexism, misogynistic attitudes tend to be portrayed by the dominant culture as an expression of male deviance. In reality they are part of a sexist continuum, necessary for the maintenance of patriarchal social order (Hooks qtd. In Adam and Fuller 943) Over time, some rap artists might adapt the stated sexist and racial beliefs, and think that they become something better and consciously place themselves above their audience and pretend to be more superior than women Hip-Hop Culture + Politics). The following lyrics provide examples and show how misogynistic beliefs are represented in rap music. The presented excerpts are highly offensive and controversial, but they show the contemporary type of rap that has been and is still produced by well-known recording studios (Adams and Fuller 949).
They were usually portrayed in a degrading manner by male artists in their lyrics and videos, but now women came forward and described themselves as sexual beings and how they have power over men based on their sexuality. Many critics have taken these stances that rap artists take and speculated over whether or not they convey a positive or negative message. Many view that the lyrics and videos provide children with the wrong idea and are the reason for sex at younger ages, and STD’s being at an all time high. Rap is not responsible for the actions of young adults and music has always been a scapegoat for parents since the days of Elvis, and KISS. Rap is like all other genres of music in the sense that it is a statement.
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.
In modern day society, popular culture has gained equal status to world issues and politics. Music, movies, and literature have started cultural revolutions and challenged the straight-forward thinking many individuals have accepted in the past. But while popular culture can advance new ideas and create movements, it also has the ability to challenge advancements society has made. Imani Perry’s essay, The Venus Hip Hop and the Pink Ghetto, focuses on hip hop and its negative impact on women and body image. In The Venus Hip Hop and the Pink Ghetto, Imani Perry argues that the over-sexualized, unattainable bodies of black women in popular culture will lead to the breakdown of feminism and the positive body image of the everyday black women.
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.
And so for female rappers to get the attention from those men, she has to jumpstart her career by using her sex appeal image. In addition to her degrading cover pose, that might caused young women in our society to accept it as a norm, she was criticized by many because that posture was not only inappropriate, but it was copied from Lil’ Kim. In fact, it was the same pose Lil' Kim uses on one of her older cover... ... middle of paper ... ...a blame Gaga for killing sex. Personally, I think Paglia argument that blames Gaga for not being sexy did not explain enough about Gaga who know how to play piano, write music, sing great live, dance, and make fashion (Needham 2). It mostly comparison to her “long-term crush” (Needham 2) Madonna who is, as Paglia stated, “the future of feminism” (“Madonna I: Animality and Artifice” 90) now seems “marooned in the past” (Needham 2).