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Misogyny in Rap Music

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Amber Williamson

on 10 April 2013

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Misogyny In Music Amber Williamson Question Sociological Perspective The Sociology of Gender Male Dominance Thesis Gangster Rap Influences for lyric Rap Music Definition How is it related to music? How is it sociological? What is Misogyny? The hatred or dislike for females expressed by men through disrespectful speech, violence, or discrimination against women. Misogyny is a cultural attitude of hatred for females simply because they are female. It is manifested in many different ways, from jokes to pornography to violence to the self-contempt women may be taught to feel towards their own bodies. In several genres of music, specifically rap,
male artist frequently degrade women within
their lyrics. "Gangsta rap music, the most popular selling subgenre of rap music, is predicated on an essentialized and limited construction of black masculinity."
- Matthew Oware "Rappers whose songs portray women negatively are influenced by three major social forces: larger gender relations, the music industry, and local neighborhood conditions"
-Ronald Weitzer and Charis E. Kubrin The explicit misogyny portrayed within the lyrics of popular rap music are not exclusive in describing the culture of african-americans; however, they do reflect degrading sociological gender roles and male dominance traits that are popular among communities subject to rap music. Compared to males, for example, females are more likely Patriarchy: It is a form of social organization in which men dominate or rule over women. According to my research, the misogyny found in rap
does not centrally revolve around a dislike or hatred of women. The lyrics are generally influenced by industrial demands for gangster rap and the type of lifestyle gangster rap portrays. http://sociology.about.com/od/M_Index/g/Misogyny.htm Is the misogyny found in rap culture the
result of an actual hatred for women in
African-American culture? "Rap music developed and appropriately became known as the poetry of the african-american youth who have been often disregarded because of their race and class."
-Terri Adams and Douglas Fuller Examples
That’s the way the game goes, gotta keep it strictly pimpin’,
Gotta have my hustle tight, makin’ change off these women.
You know it’s hard out here for a pimp,
When he tryin’ to get this money for the rent.
‘‘It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp’’—Three 6 Mafia to occupy statuses inside and outside their homes that are associated with less power, less prestige, and less pay or no pay. "Hip hop, specifically gangsta rap music, reflects a stereotypical black masculine aesthetic. The notion of a strong black male—irreverent, angry, defiant and many times violent—is pervasive in gangsta rap music."
-Matthew Oware "Many rappers construct a black male subjectivity that
incorporates the notion that masculinity means exhibiting extreme toughness, invulnerability, violence and dominance.
-Matthew Oware Sociological Results Misogyny wears many guises, reveals itself in different forms which are dictated by class, wealth, education, race, religion, and other factors, but its chief characteristic is its pervasiveness. Nuthin’ like pimpin’. . .I’ll make the White House a hoe house, and all the pimps just set up shops like they do in Vegas. Legalize pimpin’ for all the playas. Puttin’ fine ass bitches in the streets and the hood. Every year a nigga trade for a new Fleetwood

Too $hort, "Ain't Nothing Like Pimpin"
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