The Negative Portrayal Of Women In Music And The Media

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Misogyny is defined as the hate or dislike for women or girls. The act can be presented in many ways such as violence against women, sexual objectification of women, and sexual discrimination. Misogyny is often a principal foundation for the persecution of females in male-dominated societies. Misogyny is certainly alive in America and in entertainment all around the world. Women are represented negatively in many songs and videos, because men believe it is okay to use words like “b*tch” and “h*” to refer to a female; and in other words treat them as objects. This problem is not only prevalent in rap music, it is also present in genres such as metal, hard rock, and even country music. Subsequently, the Rap/Hip-Hop genre catches most of the back lash. Why? Well, people tend to overlook the fact that Rap/Hip-Hop is composed of more lyrical content. The Hip-Hop genre also reaches a much wider audience. Misogyny is even prevalent in the daily lives of many people, in our justice systems and even the movies we watch. There may be a rigid dichotomy between each sector, but the effect on youth is the same.
“Sexy B*tch” by dance-pop artist David Guetta peaked in the Bill Board Hot 100 as his first hit in the United States. The song is composed of lyrics such as, “The way that booty movin’, I can’t take no more, have to stop what I’m doin’ so I can pull up close, I’m tryna find the words to describe this girl, without being disrespectful, D*mn, girl, D*mn, you’re a sexy b*tch, a sexy b*tch, …”. This generation of young women have only been exposed to music with lyrics as such, for such a long period of time; that will become the view they have of themselves or women practically. This generation of young women and men believe conducting themselves in a misogynistic manner to be “cool”. In every sense, it is not. Our youth should not be able to simply turn on the television and view these videos representing women in this negative way. Many prominent cable networks openly broadcast these videos, such as MTV and BET. These networks feature artists such as Beastie Boys, and their song “Shake Your Rump”, or Rap group NWA’s song “She Swallowed It”; there’s no need to provide lyrics because just reading the title one can get an idea of the vulgar language it may contain. Admittedly, these networks also feature positive music which promotes positive images of women. Group Salt’n’pepa composed a song titled “Ain’t Nothin’ But a She Thing” composed of lyrics such as “The thing that makes me mad and crazy, upset. Got to break my neck just to get my respect. Go to work and get paid less than a man. When I'm doin' the same damn thing that he can. When I'm aggressive then I'm a bitch.When I got attitude you call me a witch. Treat me like a sex-object (That ain't smooth) Underestimate the mind, oh yeah, you're a fool.” These lyrics were purposefully meant to empower women, hence the group is feminist. These Networks do their fair share of the negative and the...

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