Misogyny & Hip Hop W Sources Essay

1593 Words May 31st, 2012 7 Pages
Misogyny in Hip Hop | 3.5.2012Dr. Tshombe WalkerAFR 1503 | Tina Marie |

Misogyny in Hip Hop culture refers to lyrics, videos, or other aspects of hip hop culture that support, glorify, justify or normalize the objectification, exploitation or victimization of women. Misogyny in hip hop music instills and perpetuates negative stereotypes about women. It can range from innuendos to stereotypical characterizations and defamations. Overt misogyny in rap and hip hop music emerged in the late 1980’s, and has since then been a feature of the music of numerous hip hop artists. Hip hop has had a considerable influence on modern popular culture, saturating mass media through music, radio broadcasts and a variety of other
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This is one example of where the context in which certain words are used has a huge impact on their interpretation. It is this writer’s view that yes; hip hop music is misogynistic in nature and is a sexist enterprise. The majority of Hip Hop that comes out today is misogynist and materialistic. For the most part, Hip Hop and Rap began and has been a male-dominated genre (although there have been several successful female emcees like MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Lil Kim, etc.) and has always had a “bling” element and been supported by urban clothing brands. I feel it is because Hip Hop and Rap music come from the streets, where the average person has nothing to look forward to but poverty and violence, which is why they dream for a better quality of life, (which in their minds) comes with cars, clothes, jewelry, mansions, etc. Misogynist lyrics are hateful indeed, but they do not represent a new trend in Black popular culture, nor do they differ fundamentally from woman hating discourses that are common among White men. Although hip hop is a male dominated genre, in which authenticity has been identified with masculinity, female artists have traditionally faced many barriers in entering hip hop and have been marginalized as performers. Despite this, many women rappers have found ways to contest and resist the objectification and exploitation of women in hip hop culture. Salt-N-Pepa was one of the first all-female

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