Hypermasculinity In Hip Hop Culture

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Once a political stance to project the difficulties and opinions of the those in the impoverished or ghetto areas, Hip Hop presented style and creativity of storytelling. Hip Hop was a release and it was a way in which people could reclaim their energy against racism and discrimination. Unfortunately through the rise of Hip Hop, animosity rose as well. Western culture has pre-established ideas about what roles men and women play in society. Starting from the Frontier, men were suggested to have this dominating persona. In Hip Hop music and other sources of media, these pre-established ideas have grown to over exaggerate, and over complicated the role of men. Today this is known as hypermasculinity and has greatly harmed the growth of black culture. Stuck in a perpetual cycle of stereotypes, corporations and desensitized consumers continue to control who and what is seen in the hip hop music industry.
Hip Hop culture like many Hollywood movies, and other americana media fell into a state of desensitizing society. Violence is one of the most obvious, and unobvious examples. Projections of different forms of violence can be seen verbally and physically amongst worldwide media. Hip Hop became caught up in hypermasculinity, and followed a path towards misogyny, male supremacy, and sexism. Once an art that allow voices to be heard became a
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Domestic violence and rape grew, as both men and women within hip hop videos showed the misguided lives of men living it up as pimps with money, and “bitches”. N.W.A’s lyrics expressing that “a bitch is a bitch” increased prejudice ideas against women, objectifying them and demoralizing them. With the overemphasis of these ideas it became the “norm”, and both women and men have become desensitized. Woman even participate in the videos that falsify man’s domination, and reinforce cultures opportunity to commodify the sexuality of
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