Essay #1 - Michelle Belsher Soc 100/ 002 Pat Mahoney...

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Michelle Belsher Soc 100/ 002 Pat Mahoney 2/20/08 Essay Number One Tolerance, inter-cultural dialogue and respect for diversity are more essential than ever in a world where peoples are becoming more and more closely interconnected. —Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan sums up many sociological themes through chapters one to five out of our textbook. His quote can also be directly related to several themes that appear in “Pimpin Ain’t Easy, But Somebody’s Got to Do It,” by T. Denean Sharpely-Whiting, “The Promise,” by C. Wright Mills, and lastly, “The Visible Lifestyle: American Symbols of Status,” by Juliet B. Schor. First, I will identify and analyze the major themes in “Pimpin Ain’t Easy, But Somebody’s Got to Do It,” followed by, “The Promise,” and lastly, “The Visible Lifestyle: American Symbols of Status,” The themes that I found to be most prominent in, “Pimpin Ain’t Easy, But Somebody’s Go to Do It,” were gender-conflict, subcultures, an anomie, and lastly a cohort. The gender-conflict was very evident through out the entire reading. Sharpely-Whiting, pointed out numerous times and gave plenty of examples of gender-conflict in the hip-hop world. Women are looked at as sexual objects for
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many male rappers, which are clearly seen in their music videos (11-13). Those who partake in the hip-hop culture, have that view of how women are treated by rappers and carry it forth in their own lives. Many young women dress how the women in music videos do; in a very promiscuous and almost demeaning manner. Without even realizing it, these young women are basically saying its okay for men to treat them as objects. Young men on the other hand are receiving the message that it is okay for them to treat women as sexual objects. It is the “norm” in hip-hop culture to treat females as objects. Hip-hop as a subculture has many negative norms that it
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course SOC 100-002 taught by Professor Patmahoney during the Spring '08 term at Colorado State.

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Essay #1 - Michelle Belsher Soc 100/ 002 Pat Mahoney...

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