How do women feel about their misportrayal in the music industry?

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Most females will agree that they are being objectified through the music industry, however not all are driven to protest and make change. Why is this so? Arguably, they are discouraged because they feel their opinions will not be taken seriously by the public. A lot of the women that agree that they are being objectified through the music industry also listen to many songs that portray women as sexualy-crazed objects. To the record company owners it appears as though the passion of these women to change the music industry is outweighed by their appreciation of songs that actually objectify women. This is an obvious contradiction that record company owners recognize. Does this contradiction influence the decisions of record company owners to listen to the opinion of women activist groups like FAAN (Fostering Activism and Alternatives Now) Mail or NOW (National Organization for Women)? Of course it does. Something must change.

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In article entitled “10 songs that objectify women (That we really love)”, author Annika Harris lays out 10 songs that objectify women that women actually “love”. The first sentence of this article states “We’d like to think we’re bra burning feminists that would be repulsed by songs that refer to a woman’s body parts or her sensual essence, but we’re not.” Annika goes on to say a few sentences later that “sometimes clever lyrics or a banging beat or melody trump our feminist ideals”. If this is true, then we’re at a standstill in our efforts of changing the music industry and making good riddance of the objectification of women. Unless the music industry begins to respect the opinion of women, nothing will change. How may the music industry begin to respect the opinion of women? Unfortunately, many women may have to stop listening to music that is objectifying and begin to convey their dismay for the objectification of women in the music industry.

Link to Annika Harris’s article:

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Get it girlllllll

What are the common roles of females in this video? Easy to identify or nah?

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How to keep your man interested..

 

Teasing and provoking is key to drawing and keeping your male based audience. Especially for Ciara because many believe she isn’t the best singer, therefore, using her dancing and flexibility skills to remain relevant.

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10 Songs Degrading Women

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Todays music industry is filled with songs that degrade women. Check out these 10 songs that degrade women in both their lyrics and visuals.

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November 12, 2013 · 2:41 am

Women Objectifying Women

Rihanna’s Pour it up” video is offensive, degrading and objectifies women. In her video, Rihanna was dressed in provocative clothing and is seen as a stripper dancing on poles with other women.

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These were some of the few comments posted on the official RihannaVevo page by furious fans in response to the explicit version of her latest video “Pour It Up”:

“Did we really go through years of fighting for women rights, showing that we aren’t sexual objects, only for people like Rihanna to throw it back into history’s face? This generation is doomed with so called ‘role modes’ like her.” —Beckie A******

“I don’t see the fascination with being a piece of meat. Is that not what began the women’s rights movement?” —Gina F******

“All i can think about is the little girls and weak women who will imitate this. really sad. why is she doing this?” —Faith B*****

rihanna-pour-it-upThe content of this article can be found: http://thefeministwire.com/2013/10/sound-off-black-women-writers-respond-to-rihannas-pour-it-up/

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November 11, 2013 · 9:50 pm

Women are People NOT Sex Objects!

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November 5, 2013 · 6:48 pm

Define: Twerking

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Twerking is defined as  a type of dancing in which the dancer, usually a woman, shakes her hips in an up-and-down bouncing motion, causing the buttocks to shake, “wobble” and “jiggle”. Now that I have your attention, we can talk about why music videos portray black women as exotic sex objects in all genres of music. From Miley Cyrus to Diplo’s known duo “Major Lazer”, pop promos have become filled with sexualized representations of minority women. The black woman’s “butt” has been considered a distinct point of fascination for centuries. Just look up Sarah Baartman. She was the most famous of at least two Khoikhoi women who were exhibited as a freak show attractions in 19th-century Europe under the name “Hottentot Venus”. Baartman was exhibited first in London, entertaining people because of her “exotic” origin. Because she had unusually large buttocks, Baartman travelled from South Africa to London and ultimately to France to showcase her body. From there, there has always been some fascination for black woman’s “butts” in the music industry today.

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In most music videos, women are usually depicted as objects that are sexually available for men at all times. In recent times, the preoccupation continues today by our very own Miley Cyrus at the recent VMA party. Miley Cyrus went on to be the accessory in Robin Thicke’s performance while she herself was sexualized, where she in turn sexualized the faceless black women with a strong and intentional focus on their behinds.

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A perfect example of the way black women are portrayed is found in the video for Major Lazer’s Bubble Butt. It depicts a giant alien-black-woman coming down from the sky and inflating the buttocks of three white women, via the anus, with tentacles produced from her mouth. Sounds crazy? Just check out the video here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hR-NXv5Tma0

Major Lazer produced this song featuring Bruno Mars, 2 Chainz, Tyga, & Mystic, all of whom are very big in the music industry. In the video, BME (Black Minority Ethnic) women, if present at all, become part of a homogenous ethnically ambiguous and eroticized group.   

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In many ways, inequality has thrived on social media. Gender and racial inequality continue to exhibit themselves in new ways. Now they appear to be considered fashionable, ironic, entertaining or even aesthetically highbrow. As a society, we must ask ourselves several questions. Do we care about the type of women girls grow up to become? Is their public image worth defending? Is their sexual integrity worth protecting? Fortunately, we can also use these platforms of social media to create a positive change. Campaigns such as the joint project run by the women’s groups EVAW, OBJECT, and Imkaan aims to encourage young women to speak out about racism and sexism in music videos via a multimedia website. These campaigns are the first needed steps in challenging the attitudes of the audiences looking at music videos from home.

All of the content this post is based on can be found at the following websites:

http://raprehab.com/images-of-black-women-in-music-videos/

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/the-womens-blog-with-jane-martinson/2013/sep/02/music-video-black-women-sex-objects

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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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Talk About Pussy Power

If we take the time to look at the roles of women from 2-3 centuries ago. Nothing but the cuts of their clothes has changed. Women have always played the submissive role. Catering to their husbands at all times and performing all the duties of their household.

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Therefore, females have perfected this role as an important accessory to men. In today’s society they are not obligated nor forced [in most cases] to be video vixens, porn stars, or strippers. It allows females to make their own choices and allowing their freedom of expression/individuality.  In Jacki Wilson book, The Happy Stripper: Pleasures and Politics of the New Burlesque, she expresses some of positive aspects of such jobs, “enjoy the pleasures of the city, of fashion, of earning money, of make-up, flirting, of enjoying one’s body and the attention of others, whilst also acknowledging a resistance to and a wariness of this very same system” (Wilson, 176).

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When it’s written like this, what girls wouldn’t think about investing their time and body’s into such lifestyle. It allows girls to feel beautiful and appreciated. Putting make-up, dresasing up, and getting your hair done is part of being a female. Therefore, there are no obstacles in living this type of lifestyle.

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Many argue that on the bright side of such lifestyles, females become icons to many younger girls; celebrities such as Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Kaylin Gracia just to name a few. Younger follow their trends, their behaviors, and even their habits good or bad. Is this how we want our society to be forever?

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So as many will say, that females have it easy. All they have to do is look cute to get what they want. Video vixens and strippers take off some extra clothes to emphasize their curves and just look good on camera or in front of their audience. In contrast, men have to compete and actually work for theirs. Wouldn’t you say women have it better?

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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