Misogyny in Pop Culture & Society, and its effect on Rap

For nearly as long as man has roamed the world, the notion that women were somehow inferior to him has been prevalent. The cave man roamed the jungle and hunted for food while the cave woman was expected to idly wait around for his return in order to cook his latest conquest and rub his feet, reaffirming his status in the cave. As time passed and societies progressed, this way of thinking has grown with it and become an unfortunate part of culture that is considered the norm.

Although progressively improving and slowly being dismantled, misogyny in Rap, like all genres of music is something that is extremely prevalent in Pop culture and is rarely questioned. The idea that a woman should only speak when spoken to, have very few or no sexual encounters but somehow still be a “freak in the sheets”, be a self proclaimed boss that never needs anything from anyone but still feels the need to succumb to the needs of “her man” and always know her role as the 2nd most important person in her household is When a woman dares to not embody one of the many characteristics society makes a necessity, she is relentlessly attacked and labeled a thot, “do nothing bitch” and a variety of other slurs.  This mainframe is one that has been imbedded into society and has been illustrated in music and entertainment.

Although creating a multitude of songs in which they slammed and attacked women for their choice to actively control their sexuality and engage in as many sexual acts as they felt necessary to fuel their sexual drive, the Hot Boyz showed moments where they used misogyny to attack the very same system it was apart of. “I like them hot, the ones that don’t tell me to stop/ Eat dick, swallow the cum and they know how to rock/ I need a Project Bitch, a Hood Rat chick, one that don’t give a fuck and say she took that dick/” On Hot Girl, they proclaimed their desire for a woman who didn’t succumb to the pressure of society and embraced their sexual desires. Although referring to their ideal woman as a bitch, in this particular song, they reclaimed this word and praised her for the traits that society would usually condemn her and label her this term for.

As time has progressed and the culture has evolved and been pushed further, this problem has started to be addressed but it isn’t something that has been completely alleviated. Some of Raps brightest and most talented stars still exhibit this frame of thinking. On his Sophomore album, J.Cole(the best rapper of his class in my opinion) states “Could write a book called, “the Things Hoes Say”/ Show a lotta love to my sisters, though/ But these Bitches so predictable”. Although he starts off by praising and stating his level of respect for women, the latter part of his statement is reserved to illustrate the level of disdain he has for a certain type of women. A women so promiscuous, she doesn’t even deserve his attention as he can already tell which type of person she is, one that isn’t worthy of being referred to as a woman. This is a problem that has existed long before Cole and will continue to plague society and popular culture long after him. I don’t necessarily believe people who adopt this ideology are “bad people”, but that they are just regurgitating information that has been presented to them.

This isn’t a problem that is just limited to Rap music, it’s something that plagues Pop culture and the rest of society as well. The constant shaming of Taylor Swift for writing music that actually pertains to her life and her personal struggles has been used as a method of attack since the moment she laid her thoughts down on a note pad. We’ve seen Selena Gomez be reduced to “just Justin Bieber’s ex” and her success attributed to him. This is a problem that has been present in society since it’s inception and will be one that requires a deep look at how we as a culture function and view women before it’s completely alleviated. As we can see the significant difference in culture now versus what it was a decade ago, hopefully in 10 years we will continue to see major shifts in this issue.

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