Summary of Black Feminist

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In Ragga Music: Dis/Respecting Black Women and Dis/Reputable Sexualities, Denise Noble struggles with whether or not ragga music is overtly racist toward Black women’s bodies or celebratory of them. This topic in itself is widely controversial in that women seem to argue two sides. One side vying for the belief that the music is sexist and should change while the other argues that the music is something that gives black women a chance to explore their sexuality. She begins the discussion with an excerpt from Angela Davies about the blues and Back women’s freedom to assert themselves sexually through it. Initially, it seems as though Noble is giving the pros and cons of ragga music while also interpreting what they could mean for herself. But as you dig deeper into the reading you come to realize she has a deeper understanding of eurocentrism and its effects on the world. Ragga music is a form of reggae style with a different attitude, much like rap and hip hop in American society. Rap music is more of poetry and has feel good vibes, whereas hip hop is a stem of rap music and is much more attitudinal. It is also the more popular genre of the two styles. The exact same case occurs with ragga and reggae music, ragga music is much more attitudinal than reggae. It is also extremely popular in Jamaica and the UK. According to Noble, to even be called ragga is a badge of pride and belongs to marginalized and devalued practices and values (150). It uses sex as a distraction to get the audience’s attention while it approaches matters that are important to a specific minority. Especially in a world where only one standard of women is praised and any others are degraded (in this case the black women). In any culture a woman’s sexuality is a big part of her reputation but if her sexuality is distorted or demoralized she must find another way to uplift it and make it her own.
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