{[ promptMessage ]}

Bookmark it

{[ promptMessage ]}

Blues+and+Gender+Guest+Lecture

How does this song challenge gender roles what

Info icon This preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: Later joined “Ma” Rainey, performing in vaudeville and minstrel shows. •  Throughout the 1920s she acJvely toured and recorded for Columbia records. Discussion •  What is Bessie Smith singing about in this song? •  How does this song challenge gender roles? •  What stylisJc elements in her singing does she use to convey her message? Safety Mama Let me tell you how and why what no- good man done to me He called me precy, young and wild, a[er that he let me be He'd taken advantage of my youth, and that you understand So, wait a while, I’ll show you, chile, just how to treat a no- good man Make him stay at home, wash and iron, tell all the neighbors he done lost his mind Give your house rent shake on Saturday night Monday morning you'll hold collectors good and Jght You see a man you really like Let him bite that monkey, brother, in his back When his cruel heart turn, his love breaks down hold him where you got him make him stay in town, 'cause I'm a safety woman, lookin' for a safety man Discussion •  What is Bessie Smith singing about in this song? •  How does this song challenge gender roles? •  What stylisJc elements in her singing does she use to convey her message? Gladys Bentley 1907- 1960 •  Bentley le[ her home in Philadelphia for New York at the age of 16. •  Bentley, always open about her sexuality, began singing and playing piano at a number of gay speakeasies in Harlem. •  She was known for wearing a tuxedo and top hat on stage, along with her raunchy lyrics. •  In an interview for Ebony Magazine, Bentley stated, “It seems I was born different. At least, I always thought so…From the Jme I can remember anything, even as I was toddling, I never wanted a man to touch me…Soon I began to feel more confortable in boys clothes than in dresses”. •  Recorded for both OKeh and Excelsior records •  Later on, in 1950, Bentley wrote an arJcle for Ebony magazine staJng that she had been cured of her “afflicJon” of lesbianism through hormone treatments. •  Bentley’s announcement came on the heels of pressures from...
View Full Document

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern