Issue Paper 31 March 2015 Is Hip Hop Promoting Misogyny? The nature of hip-hop is a way for people to express themselves and the troubles they are experiencing in life. This allows a wide range of personal and cultural conflicts to be channeled into the population through various sources . One of my concerns with the music is how misogyny is amplified into listener’s everyday life. “By definition misogyny is, hatred, dislike or mistrust of women, or prejudice against women”(dictionary.com). Misogyny is visible in hip-hop through the lyrics of many rap songs as the word choice of the songs degrades women. It is also present in many music videos because women act provocatively which gives men the impression that they are only on this earth for sex. Because women are treated and looked at this way, there are many negative effects that they experience in everyday life that effect women of all ages and ethnicities. In fact, young adults between the ages of 16 and 30 are the most likely age group to consume rap/hip-hop music, and in turn, may become desensitized to the derogatory lyrics condoning relationship violence and sexual aggression (Smith, 2005). Specifically, the college-aged demographic has been influenced by the prevalence of sexually explicit media and the negative images of women presented in hip-hop culture, which “teach men that aggression and violence are closely linked to cultural views of masculinity” (Wood, 2012, p. 105). Thus, the abuse of women is absorbed through the most vulnerable group and promotes a disfigured model of masculinity that encourages misogyny. It also condones this behavior in young women who are craving acceptance in modern society.
- Fall '19
- Hip hop music, Eminem, Rapping