Theme Of Misogyny In Rap Music

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In the study Misogyny in Rap Music; A Content Analysis of Prevalence and Meanings (Weitzer and Kubrin, 2009) the portrayal of women in hip-hop music and gender roles are discussed. It also examines the depiction of masculinity in contrast to femininity. It is established that women are often marginalized and depicted inferior to men which can be proven in the way women commonly are referred to by using degrading vocabulary such as bitch, whore or hoe and in lyrics and via visual imagery; portrayed as prostitutes, strippers or in other ways sexually objectified. The study analyses misogyny in rap music from five different themes:(a) derogatory naming and shaming of women, (b) sexual objectification of women, (c) distrust of women, (d) legitimation …show more content…
The issue of violence and aggression generated by hip-hop culture and the issues with the medial image of rap culture and rappers are discussed (Blanchard,1999) covers the theme of the social aspect of American hip-hop culture. It describes the rise of the rap phenomenon and discusses the history behind the culture. It is discussed how the aggressive attitude and tendency to romanticize violence, in lyrics and behavioral manors, reflects the living conditions of the young African American working class. It is explained how rap music is a channel in which young underrepresented people are given the opportunity to provide the world with their side of the story. It examines how rappers are …show more content…
It begins with the history of rap including rappers who have shaped the culture such as Tupac, Eminem, DJ Koole etc. Further, the study describes the violence in rap and the discussion regarding if rap provokes and encourages a violent behavior. It uses examples from such as rap lyricses which indicate that the most hatred in rap is directed towards women and how one is to treat them. Music videos are also studied to be objectifying women and containing violence, this is also compared with rock music which also features explicit messages. On the other hand, rap, according to the study, is also used as an outlet to raise awareness on issues such as drugs, alcohol, death, violence and gang culture. The study suggests that the perception of rap only perceived as violent is due to biased media. Lastly the study analyzes from the point of view of feminism and critical theory. The critical theorists who have a positive view on rap believe that it promotes free thinking and equality between the sexes. The ones who have a negative attitude views it has violent, provoking sexist behavior and harmful for the listeners. The study concludes that rap culture have a powerful position in

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