Props Or People : A Women 's Place Essay
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. –Plato
Music shapes who we are as an individual as well as a society, however, within the last several decades there has been an astonishing increase in the objectification of women in the music industry. From country, to pop, to rock, to hip-hop and rap there has been a dramatic rise in the use women’s bodies to sell music. The exponential increase in the objectification of women in various genres of music leads to the deterioration of women’s mental health, confidence, and political efficacy.
Alongside the creation of MTV in the 1980’s came the rise of music, music videos, and the objectification of women. A classic example is AC/DC’s song “You Shook Me All Night Long” in which women are compared to vehicles: “She was a fast machine. She kept her motor clean. She was the best damn woman that I ever seen. She had the sightless eyes, telling me no lies. Knocking me out with those American thighs.” This song places emphasis on the physical appearance of women: her cleanliness, eyes, and thighs, rather than their skills, hobbies, and accomplishments. Skipping ahead a decade to Sir Mix-A-Lot’s classic jam “Baby’s Got Back” lyrics such as “’Cause you notice that butt was stuffed deep in the jeans she’s wearing. I’m hooked and I can’t stop staring. Oh baby, I wanna get with you and take your…