Hegemonic Gender Stereotypes

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Song lyrics are used in today’s culture as a way to provoke a message into a deeper meaning of society. They usually give rooted insight into a specific issue or debate prominent in that particular time period. In popular woman and men’s lyrics, there are often hints to the gender clash in the United States. Men use their crude, dominant behavior to objectify women and to depict them as sexual beings. Hegemonic masculinity is the most prominent feature illustrated in popular male music because it gives the male audience a ‘higher power’ to strive for. As this behavior is consistently rewarded by men and by women, the industry continues to promote the treatment of women in that way. Similarly, woman artists use musical abilities to …show more content…
The song Bang Bang by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj uses extreme references to women behaving like stereotypical males. It includes controlling, bias, and sexual extremities to evoke that it is a women’s choice if she chooses to behave like a sexual man. The role of men has become so heavily reliant on their ability to “fuck and chuck” at any point in time while a woman is a slut if she does the same. Another way Bang Bang touches on the sexual double standard is that there is a lot of mention of the good girl/ bad girl act. The double standard will continue to be applicable in today’s society as long as women choose to talk down upon other women for acting as sexual beings. This song shows three powerful woman as nonjudgmental towards each other’s sexual preferences, something many other women would not comply with. At the beginning of the song, Jessie J sings “Bang bang into the room, I know you want it. Bang bang all over you, I’ll let you have it”. She is stating that she knows this boy wants to have sexual relations with her, but also hints that she has the power to not give him what he wants as well. She is dominant in this …show more content…
People refer to her as ‘Queen B’, even men. The message of her song “Run the World (Girls)” is incredibly blatant yet she is respected enough to not be labeled as a bitch for standing up for women. She is respected to such a high extent that what she says in her songs, feminist as it may be, is respected to an extent that mirrors that of the male species. From Beyoncé’s viewpoint, women should use the special qualities that make them women not only to equalize men, but more importantly to surpass men. She has no desire to treat men as equals, which is what men respect, her male mentality. Believing that her certain sex is superior is a quality that men share and understand and in turn respect. Beyoncé begins her song by saying “Make your check come at they neck, disrespect us no they wont.” Here she is taking a shot at the media’s viewpoint of women. As also stated in the media clips “Killing Us Softly” and “Women’s representation in Media” the media often degrades women who use their bodies to be successful, yet claiming in a negative way that is the only way they may gain power. As seen in the case of Caster Semanya, once male build is taken from men and given to women, the women is not given power but rather is ridiculed for not being feminine enough. Beyoncé is voicing that she believes that women should be respected more for respecting themselves enough to engage in that kind of behavior.

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