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The next article which further amplifies the staggering differences between men and women is: Girl in a Country Song . As Rasmussen and Densely state: “Media commonly portray women in traditional and submissive roles and rarely portray women in non-traditional roles” (2016). Viewing women in “traditional” and “submissive” roles creates an ideal environment for objectification to take place. Objectification is degrading another person to the status of an object, Rasmussen & Densley take this definition a bit further here: “whenever a person’s body,
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COUNTRY MUSICS GENDER REPRESENTATION 5 body parts, or sexual functions are separated out from his or her person, reduced to the status of mere instruments, or regarded as if they were capable of representing him or her” (2016). This objectification manifests in the way female country artists may choose to dress on stage. It can also impact their song lyrics, along with the way they view themselves (Rasmussen & Densley, 2016). Men and women also differ in the type of occupations they hold, this can be represented through the media. It is common for a man to be portrayed as a lawyer, doctor, or construction worker (Rasmussen & Densley, 2016), whereas a woman is most often seen as a parent or primary caregiver (Rasmussen & Densely, 2016). By depicting women in a much lesser role, it allows for the continuation of stereotyping. This article found that country music in the 2010’s actually had a larger amount of objectification in its lyrics by male artists then previous decades, along with an even lesser influence emphasis on female empowerment (Rasmussen & Densely, 2016). These findings do not look good for female country artists because “The country music genre may be especially prone to objectifying women because it is male-dominated. In 2014 only 8 % of Billboard’s charting singles were sung by women” (Rasmussen & Densley, 2016). Another interesting finding from Rasmussen and Densleys article was the influence music had on youth. Music was found to be a source of identity for teenagers, with an average of two or more hours a day spent listening to it. With country music being the most popular genre in the United States (Rasmussen & Densley, 2016) this presents a dilemma such as the apparent lack of equal representation from men to women. For example, it was reported by Rasmussen and Densley that “female adolescents were more likely to accept female token sexual resistance (the idea that women say “no” when they actually mean “yes” when they are exposed to sexual music videos by male artists…” (2016). The teenage years can already be a challenging and difficult time for these youth, and it only worsens when they are being influenced by country musics
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COUNTRY MUSICS GENDER REPRESENTATION 6 skewed views on gender roles. Finally, the last source by music writer Chris Willman examines the lack of female representation compared to males in the country music industry. There is a staggering difference when it comes to the men to women ratio in the charts: “women struggle to get even 10% chart representation” (Willman, 2018). Willman classifies this discrepancy between the two sexes as gender discrimination (2018). One of the reasons behind the women's lack of success on the
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