Today’s rap music downgrades women in many different ways which has an impact on the African American community. One rapper even made a song called “Toot it and Boot it” basically saying that he can just have sex with a female and kick her to the curve like nothing is wrong. Rappers simply degrade women; they call us out our names by calling us a female dog and other discriminating words. The rap about how women are easy to sleep with and that woman will do anything when money is the subject. Rappers just think women can simply be bought and that’s how men in the African American women in their community like “If I give her some money and buy her anything she wants she’ll do everything I ask her to”.
The article “Raunch Culture” by Ariel Levy discusses how life in the twenty first century has become very raunchy and erotic. She talks about how easy it is to blame the males of our culture for objectifying women. However, it is the women who are volunteering to have these pornographic or racy photographs and videos taken of themselves. Even women athletes are posing for scantily clad pictures, and they are getting more attention for that than their specialized sporting events. This article discusses that women taking control of their sexuality and objectifying themselves are not, in fact, the same thing.
“The construction of gender stereotyping of both males and females in the media is based on outdated and unfounded beliefs and therefore has had and continues to have a detrimental impact on society.” (Yes!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUyfD1F7k1I Women are subjected to many stereotypes in today’s society. Movies and television shows suggest that all women are airheads, whose sole purpose in life is to please men and rear children. Magazines and other advertisements push photographs of very slender, over groomed and “sexy women” into our minds. Men’s magazines write articles on how to seduce a girl into sleeping with them.
Hip Hop Paper Hip Hop/Rap has a negative influence on the African American culture because it degrades women, promotes violence, and overly uses the "N" word. In most hip hop and rap lyrics and videos women are degraded to less than nothing. For example, in the lyrics to Dr Dre's single "Bitches ain't Shit" he says “Bitches ain't shit but hoes and tricks. Lick on these nuts and suck the dick. Get the fuck out after you're done".
My opinion of the movie “The Mack” is that it sheds a negative light on young black women and men. It clearly gave the impression that all women are hoes and black men can’t live the good life without pimping or selling crack. Young urban minorities watch television and movies and they see the glitz and glamour think it’s cool and want the fame. Goldie who considered himself to be a “hero” but in reality he was toxic, he was a villain, he was a murder, a drug dealer and a pimp. I would have to say that his brother was more so “The hero” but of course the movie had little focus on that.
Essentially, the entertainments that we see and hear from men deal with violence, and women entertain the viewers sexually. Evidently, the ads presented in “Two ways a woman can get hurt,” Kilbourne expounds on how women’s sexual appeal hurts themselves. In “From Fly-Girls to Bitches and Hos,” Morgan relates gender behavior to hip hop lyrics. Furthermore, she questions
Also showing how they are rising above it challenging the idea that only men can rap and becoming rappers themselves. Stapleton explains how women used rap to fight gender inequality. Stapleton goes on to explore the idea of feminism working in the genre and how there is even somewhat of a debate amongst female rappers themselves. Some female rappers are discussed as having a sexual style promoting and displaying their control over their sexuality and this may hinder the movement of gender equality still. Stapleton tells us that many believe the concern over sexual violence is not as big a concern of racial problems.
Another example is of a song by Rihanna titled ‘S&M’ which those which should defiantly be kept of all radio stations. In the chorus it features a line ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but chains and whips excite me’. Adolescent males hear these lyrics around the world and may think ‘ If someone as famous as Rihanna is singing this than all the girls must feel this way as well’. Ask yourself would you want your teenage son thinking its ok to treat women as sex toys and objects of pleasure? Of course not.
Graff asks, “Why was she out so late at night, provoking men into rage by being openly female?” People blame women for being out so late and night, and it seems like women want men to enjoy them. It is absurd that people would blame women on everything, even when it is not women’s fault. Another cause of rape culture is that men as a whole are stronger than women. In the past women do not have more power than men and now they aren’t physically stronger than them so they would be over powered by men. For example most of the men can force women not to move with their strength, so women cannot escape from men.
There are many situations and causes that lead to date rape. Parties that include alcohol or drugs or being alone and unsupervised on a date with a person someone just met. There might not even be a cause just that the person was a dangerous person. Most victims of rape are women. The men that rape women do it to feel powerful and in control.