Cultural Construction Of Female Youth Essay
Duncan Ming Feng Lai
Andrea Merino Oritz
Camping with the Stars: Queer Perfomativity, Pop Intertexuality, and Camp in the Pop Art of Lady Gaga by Katrin Horn.
Just a Girl? Rock Music, Feminism, and the Cultural Construction of Female Youth by Gaye Wald.
Mapping the beat; popular music and contemporary theory by Sheila Whiteley.
Reading country music; steel guitars, opry stars, and honky-tonk bars by Mary A. Bufwack.
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It is a common acknowledgment that throughout history it is dominated by “big books by big men about big movements” (Whitely, 1998, p. 153). This is especially prevalent within the field of popular music where discussions of gender are often surrounded by the male psyche. On one end of the spectrum, we see music as a form of artistic expression that is used to challenge and contest traditional patriarchal values in society. However, from the other end, music has often and always been used as a tool for maintaining gender roles. This essay will seek to illustrate how music has changed and evolved perpetual gender relations within society.
We begin our first exploration of gender through the lens of country music. Country music, with its unique sounds and lyrics is an especially important facet of the working-class American (Bufwack, 1998). This is because it provides distinct gender roles with a sense of strong visual…