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Women Stereotypes In The Hip Hop Genre Of Music Videos

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Music videos for hip-hop songs often represent women as strippers and sex objects. Artists do this usually to appeal to a young male audience and create a certain image or representation of the artist and also of the women in their lives. This report will talk about the representation of women in the videos "Love Me" by Lil Wayne, "King Tut" by Busta Rhymes and "Candy Shop" by 50cent and attempt to show how videos similar to these represent women in a particular way in the hip-hop genre. The music video "Love Me" by Lil Wayne is one example of women being represented as strippers or sex objects, which is a fairly common stereotype in hip-hop music videos. At the start of this video, close-ups of female faces are shown; wearing heavy make-up, no visible clothing and posing seductively at the camera. One of these women has a muzzle-like object over her face, suggesting she needs to be contained, like an animal. There are also shots of Lil Wayne and Drake, but in these they are fully clothed, laughing and singing. The contrast between them being fully clothed and the women wearing almost nothing shows that the women are likely there to "entertain" in the way a stripper would. Women are then shown wearing nothing but lingerie, heavy make-up and are on swings. They swing in the way a stripper would on a pole. These are things that do not show the women's personality traits and show they are there purely to please the males in the video or in the audience. Later on in the video, the women are shown in a shallow pool crawling towards a bed in the middle that Lil Wayne is sitting on. They are also wearing bikinis and swimsuits that reveal their entire legs and show quite a bit of cleavage. Lil Wayne on the other hand, is sitting on the bed wearing shoes, knee length shorts and no shirt. While the females are completely soaked from swimming to the bed, he is completely dry and sort of watching over them, which gives the impression he is the leader or has ownership over these women. The next scene in this music video shows him walking in a room full of cages. In each of these cages is a woman wearing revealing clothes and have special effects used to give them animal like features such as snake eyes, tails, and makeup to give them spots like cheetahs. This suggests that the men in the video are possessive over the women and that they are to be treated like animals. None of these women are smiling or look as though they are particularly happy to be there, which creates the message that their emotions don't matter as long as they are pleasing males, who mean more than themselves. The lyrics enforce these messages as well, by saying things like "all she eat is dick, she on a strict diet" which shows her "diet" is chosen by the male singing the song and seems rather possessive. The song also contains the words "baby just make me cum then don't make a sound" which tells the audience women should only be there to please males sexually and shouldn't speak...

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