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Women are People NOT Sex Objects!

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November 5, 2013 · 6:48 pm

The Essence of Res(ex)pectability

“In their quest for fame and fortune, these “artists” are co-opting themselves to the highest bidders, creating video environments characterized by crime, greed, lust, addiction and a new brand of male dominance that knocks Black ‘queens’ squarely off of their thrones into a bedrock of promiscuity.”

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—Dr. Zenobia L. Hikes, Ed.D. Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Spelman College

Spelman College, one of the most famous historically black colleges in the United States,  rallied together in the past to fight for the respect of women in Hip-Hop music.  What will you do to help your college campus ?

To read the full article click the links below:

http://www.superconsciousness.com/topics/society/rally-against-misogynistic-lyrics

http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/meridians/v008/8.1reid-brinkley.html

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Women Fight Back!

Click the link to check out this video on what women are doing to fight the norms of the music industry.

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November 4, 2013 · 3:46 pm

2 Chainz’s “Birthday Song” stirs controversy amongst woman activist group

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2 Chainz (Right) and Kanye West (Left) on the set of the “Birthday Song” music video. In the background you’ll find three promiscuously dressed women in which the audience is not formally introduced.

The rapper “2 Chainz” is taking criticism from FAAN (Fostering Activism and Alternatives Now) Mail, a media literacy and activism project that was formed by African American women in the Philadelphia area. After viewing the music video for the song entitled “Birthday Song” featuring Chicago native rapper, Kanye West, these women of color became distraught and decided to write an open letter to the Universal Music Group, the largest music corporation and owner of the “Birthday Song”.

On the FAAN Mail website, the open letter was published protesting the “Birthday Song”, demanding that Chief Executive Officer Lucien Grainge of Universal Music Group take action and become a part of the solution to the issue of women being exploited in music. In this letter, FAAN elaborates on how the way women were objectified in this short music video and how this trend in music isn’t acceptable. Almost immediately, the dialogue that FAAN began regarding the “Birthday Song” music video became popular among many African American scholars and other activist groups, bringing to relevance once again the issue of Hip-hop’s portrayal of women.In a article on the soultrain website, Antonio Maurice Daniels,  Research Associate and Ph.D. student in Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discusses the “Birthday Song”, conveying the broader dialogue among activist groups and scholars regarding the Objectification of Women in the music industry.

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Below you can find the links to all of the media that I discussed within this post.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y34jC4I1m70 (2 Chainz’s “Birthday Song” music video)

http://soultrain.com/2013/01/08/2-chainzs-birthday-song-and-the-objectification-of-women/ (Antonio Maurice Daniel’s full article on soultrain.com)

http://faanmail.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/for-ceo-lucien-grainge/ (FAAN Mail’s open letter to Lucien Grainge of UMG)

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The Lyrics Behind the Catchy Beat

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It all starts with a catchy beat and a nice hook, and the next thing you know its one of the most popular songs of the year. However, many popular rap and hip-hop songs tend to objectify women. For instance, in the popular song “No Hands” by Waka Flocka, that featured artists such as Roscoe Dash and Wale, is a good example of how the image of women is tainted in the music industry. The entirety of the song is about women dancing while they throw money at them, like if they were strippers. The chorus of the of song is shown below:

Girl, the way you’re movin’ got me in a trance


DJ turn me up, ladies this yo’ jam


I’ma sip Moscato and you gon’ lose them pants


Then I’ma throw this money while you do it with no hands

Girl drop it to the flo’
I love the way yo booty go


All I want to do is sit back and watch you move


And I’ll proceed to throw this cash…

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Although many listeners are aware of the offensive and abusive content in these rap and hip-hop songs they are still constantly played on the radio.

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Reality shows and their portrayal of Women

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No matter what you look at, women will always be portrayed as sex objects in order to get the most views, fans, income, etc. Especially, when it comes to reality shows, women are still only considered another materialistic aspect that made a men seem more valuable or stronger. For example, in the reality show “Love & Hip-Hop” on VH1, male producers and artist aim for the baddest female with the biggest assets to claim as theirs. The image above shows few of the women cast. It just goes to show that all their women cast have big boobs and fat asses. Would the show still be the same if they were petite? Do these reality shows created norms for younger female viewers to imitate? Girls should not only be seem as sex objects or another accessory for males. 

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Objectification of women in images

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                             Source: http://womenandcrime.wikispaces.com/Images+of+Women+in+Music+Videos

The image posted above is an example of how women are demeaned in the music industry through photo’s.  The rap group Outkast is seen standing above naked women, while they are fully dressed in expensive clothing.  Not only is this image sexist, but it also proves that women are seen an objects.  Rap music is notorious for using half naked women as objects in their videos in order to prove their masculinity.  Similarly, women are stereotyped as purely physical beings that depend on the “rich artist” to take care of them.  Also, this depicts women as only being good for sexual relations.

As a fan of Outkast who has never seen this image before I cannot believe they would endorse this picture.  I understand that many men think women will flock to you when you are successful, but this is not reality.  Not only does this image set a bad precedent for young men, but it also show young women and girls that they are not worthy of respect.  Women deserve respect in all avenues of life.  A women should be known for more that just her body, but also for her self-worth and reputation as a positive member of society.

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3 Minute Compilation of Women in Music Videos

This short video shows just how easily music videos can portray females as sex objects. Maybe the music industry hasn’t heard that beauty is more than just physical appearance. Because the music industry thinks that women sell their music, more and more music videos show women portrayed sex objects. Ever since I have started watching MTV, music videos always had women dancing and showing off their bodies to grab the attention of the viewers. The amount of music videos with women portrayed as sex objects is numerous, and it does not help the stereotypes that men have against women because of videos like these. Slowly, maybe one day, we won’t have a wrecking ball (pun intended) of women portrayed sexually just to grab the attention of a viewer. All in all, music is about music.

Miscellaneous: Hyo Kim

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The Objectification of Women in County Music; Depictions of Domestic Violence

Country music is now joining the ranks of the many genres which seem to portray women as sexual objects, solely serving their male counterparts for their enjoyment. In the article “Redneck Crazy’ country song divides listeners”, Cindy Watts and Nate Rau, of The (Nashville) Tennessean, makes the argument that “Domestic violence against women has been present in country music to some extent since the genre’s first breakout star, Fiddlin’ John Carson”. “It’s a shame to whip your wife on Sunday”, is the quote that Cindy Watts and Nate Rau are referring to. However, John Carson isn’t the only Country singer who seems to depict women as objects. Popular Country artist, Tyler Farr states in one of his songs “I’m gonna aim my headlights into your bedroom windows, throw empty beer cans at both of your shadows”. These lyrics aren’t as derogatory as John Carson’s however, they portray women in a negative light with a subtle message. Professor, George Hanrahan states that many aren’t able to notice the objectification of women in this lyric because it is not specifically mentioning the words “rape”, “beating” or “hitting”. Hanarahan makes the argument that while these words are not mentioned, this subtle message still a domestic violence scenario. This article makes the argument that over time through the lyrics of artists like John Carson and Tyler Farr, the public will become desensitized to this type of objectification of women.

Here’s the article:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/10/28/redneck-crazy-music-violence/3291955/

Miscellaneous: Marc Hinton

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