If a person were to conduct a survey on which genre of music people consider the most indecent, most would choose rap music. It’s quite obvious that the majority of people have a negative view on rap music; people believe that it is meaningless, misogynistic, extremely violent, and detrimental to the progression of African American life. These ideas are understandable, but they are oftentimes incorrect. There are countless songs made by rap artists that are sexist, violent, and meaningless, but that shouldn’t lead someone to generalize the whole genre as being that way. There are numerous rap songs and albums that go completely against what the majority of people think of the genre.
Sexism and misogynistic themes are seen in pop, punk, rock, country, and heavy metal music. It is seen in the lyrics and more in the music videos objectifying women. Hip hop being more popular and mainstream makes it an easier target for people to criticize, which is also why it is often seen as a negative influence in the media. What people forget is that the sexism and misogynistic views seen in hip hop music is a reflection of the sexism we have in society. The sexism we have in society is what artists try to inform listeners about.
Summary of “Hip-Hop’s Betrayal of Black Women” Jennifer Mclune, author of “Hip-Hops Betrayal of Black Women,” expresses her reaction as outrage from hip-hop lyrics sung by black male artists that degrade black women. Mclune’s views are that the spread of women-hating among society are due to the words being used in these rap songs. Furthermore, causing sexism and disrespect among the community and also turning women into victims. Mclune argues that some hip-hop cultures excuse the sexism associated with this music style as artists having reactions from discrimination and hardships. She emphasizes the negative representation of black women in socio-economic adversity which gives these men a permit to say whatever they please.
She argues that because race and gender converge, the "Concerns of minority women fall into the void between concerns about women 's issues and concerns about racism" (Crenshaw, 1993, p. 1282). Crenshaw states that there is a tolerance for of racialized violence against women. She uses the example of the popular rap group, 2 Live Crew, who was prosecuted for a live performance (the first ever all black group to be prosecuted for a live performance – the all black part most likely having a lot to do with it). Crenshaw then compares the 2 Live Crew prosecution to live performances by Madonna which had very similar obscenity to the 2 Live Crew performances, but were not prosecuted. Although 2 Live Crew was prosecuted, the prosecution was not in any way about protecting the people most directly indicated in their lyrics and obscenity, which is black
Sexual abuse of all black women by wealthy white men was just as prevalent during emancipation as it was during slavery. The sexual abuse the enslaved black women received by their wealthy white male masters, was justified by white men and women due to the Jezebel myth they had created. Deborah Gray White defines the Jezebel myth in her reading, “Jezebel and Mammy”, when she states, "[The Jezebel] did not lead men and children to God; piety was foreign to her. She saw no advantage in prudery, indeed domesticity paled in importance before matters of the flesh” (Gray White 29). The thought of the black woman as hypersexual, allowed white men and women of all classes to sexually and racially oppress the black women, declaring them "unladylike”, not maternal figures and not sexually pure like the white women.
Misogyny is the established prejudice against women. Recently, misogynistic behavior has been present in rap music. Misogyny in rap music has been more beneficial than harmful to men and women by providing them with opportunities for nourishment, allowing each of them to enhance their standards of living. Misogyny came from the general belief that women have to abide by and fulfill their roles. For a period of time, men were viewed as strong and dominant people.
However, the show does not show a good representation of how African American men and women involved in the music industry should act in a relationship. Women are portrayed as loud and unruly when compared to white women. The hip hop music industry is male dominated, therefore black men are considered manipulative and controlling when watching the show. From watching Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, one may understand that your occupation can and will affect relationships dramatically, which can be negative or positive. When watching Love & Hip Hop viewers are amped for the entertainment, not realizing that the things shown are aspects of abusive relationships that are supposed to seem “realistic”.
The author F.B Newman once said, “be careful what you say. You can always say you 're sorry, but you can never take back what you said.” A post in Psychology Today by Satoshi Kanazawa called “A Look at the Hard Truths About Human Nature" argues that African American women are less attractive than other women. He uses Body Mass Index (BMI), intelligence, and testosterone levels in men and women in order to make his argument. Not a stranger to controversial works, Kanazawa’s post about African American women also faced heavy backlash and questions about the violation of bias in research. He seems to not be bothered by it, as he writes,” If the truth offends people, it is our job as scientists to offend them” and “I do science as if the truth mattered and your feelings about it didn 't.” Kanazawa is treading on a slippery slope, because of the sensitive nature of his topic.
All women should be treated how they treat themselves. What I mean by this is that if a woman does not treat herself with any self-respect than why should she receive it from anyone. This related back to the documentary in that women in these rap videos are being portray in a sexual matter that allows them to be disrespected by men. My stance on this is that if a woman wants to go on camera and throw her self at a man she is not respecting herself and therefore cannot demand respect form anyone else. If they are getting paid to allow these men to do what ever they want to them then why should they have respect for them.
She is a victim of poverty because of the hatred and discrimination occurring in Maycomb. Although some might view Mayella Ewell as a victim, others might view her as a villain because she broke a societal code by attempting to have an affair with a Negro. Her desires were stronger than the code she was breaking. When she tried to put the evidence of her offense away, instead of being honest, she had put a man’s life in danger. However, Mayella is not a criminal.
On one hand, when rappers refer to black women as sex object, bitches, hos and baby’s mamas, many believe it is just the result of how women are behaving in the black community as a result of their low self-esteem and the social inequality they have to face. For these reasons black women use sex as their mechanism to gain power and material things. On the other hand, many feels that hip hop does not do justice to black women when rappers represent them as baby mamma drama or as gold-diggers. In the case of single mothers, it is unfair because they are not taking in consideration all the challenges single mothers have to face in U.S. society. However, hip hop is not the cause of the increased number of single
Black culture is actually devalued in the show because it does not show hip hop as the art form it is but as a joke. This is seen by how Hakeem only raps about money and girls or how Lucious made a comedic diss track while in prison. Hip hop is devalued in real life but we also have examples of what real hip hop is. We do not have that in “Empire”. It is messaged to the masses that the only thing black people care about is getting money and that anything from jail time to broken families is worth gaining success.
The combination of this and slavery has brainwashed the black community to think they are not as valuable as non-blacks. “Black women need to be empowered so that they can protect themselves against the negative messages that they receive from their environment.” (Bryant, 89) The naturalista niche is essentially the black community uniting to let the world know that the Eurocentric idea of beauty may not include them but they are not the ones who need to change to become beautiful. The definition of beauty is “the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit” (Merriem-Webster), saying that black women are not beautiful is implying that there is nothing about her that stimulates one’s senses in a positive way. When someone is told continuously that they are not worth anything, nor will they amount to anything, over time they will begin to believe it and treat others who look like them the same way. The naturalista niche is a movement that aims to empower the black community and to educate them on how to take care of themselves, mainly hair care.
In relation to reproduction, Aristotle compared women to soil and men as the seed sewers. He also claims women are an incomplete form of men because they are more passive than men who he considers active. In today 's society everyone wants to be equal to one another and currently many groups have protested streets with signs that read, Black Lives Matter. Now take the issue of unequal treatment between men and women like Aristotle raises, women would be protesting with signs that say Female Lives Matter! To society, this would be a threat to women and wouldn 't be tolerated.