wrt 205 final paper

Some artists are already seen positively but that is

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Some artists are already seen positively but that is due to hard work and not conforming to what the societal norm was. In more recent times women are beginning to voice their opinions and share their stories with the media. In a freemuse article written by Kristina Funkeson she sits down and has an interview with a former artist. The artist tells of a personal story and how she was manipulated by a male artist. Myriam who was the first female artist to release an album in Dakar said that, “One of the most important issues is the need for more women within the music industry. There are very few female producers, managers, sound engineers and so on. The fact that these positions are occupied by men puts female artists in a very vulnerable position. Women are often abused by men who are supposed to help them (Funkeson 1).” She also tells of a personal account on how a man who helped her get a record deal said, “Since I did this for you, you have to do something for me and you are of age to know what I am talking about (Funkeson 2).” So this goes to show you that women are at a disadvantage when it comes to making music and that they face obstacles along the way. As you can see women are continuously being mistreated and degraded in the rap and hip-hop music industry. It is being allowed to flourish because the corporate officials are manipulating its viewers into believing that this is the norm and that it is just. Mistreating
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women and exploiting them for sex and capitalizing of off their talents are not only immoral but goes against justice. These women’s rights are being violated and they feel the need to feed into this to reach the next step in the music industry. We as the viewers have the ultimate power. If we don’t buy the music or watch the television programs the industry loses money and will have to resort to other means of becoming financially stable. So we can curb their ways based on what we do. We can buy music with lyrics uplifting women. The corporate officials will have no choice but to change their ways and conform to what the viewers want, after all we are the ones putting money in their pockets. So the next time you turn on your television and see a provocative video you have the power to turn it off. The end of this perpetual cycle of sex and mistreatment starts with you.
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