So, for English class Paul sent Susie some rap songs that he wanted to analyze like the poetry that we have been doing. I got through three of the four of them before I had a total melt down over the horrible lives that some people lead and how privileged white men and boys listen to this music and emulate the style of dress and being, without ever doing anything to change the lives of the people who they hear being sung about. But the only thing that I could address before class was the mysoganie, which, admittedly was not as bad as it is in other songs so I sent out this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogCbwU4KGEY
After watching this, Paul sent me an email asking what had bothered me. and I am very proud of my response so I wanted to share it with you. here it is.
Art of Peer Pressure:
We on the mission for bad bitches and trouble…
1) That women are something that you can go out on a mission for. That they are something to be hunted.
2) The use of the word bitch. Personally, I don’t like this word to be used ever. I think it is a terribly derogatory and crude word . Though I don’t like any woman being called a bitch, I am more okay when it is used to describe a woman who is mean and rude, but I really do not like when that loaded a word is used as an overall title for women.
You know the light skin girls in all the little dresses, good lord… Bougie bitches with no extentions hood nigga’s with bad intentions, the perfect combination…
Girls being described only by there skin and short, tight dresses. I don’t know if extentions mean hair extensions but if they do than again women only being seen as bodies. And then there is the assumption that these females will want to have sex with them ( I am guessing they are referring to sex and not a loving, respectful relationship as “the perfect combination”) simply because they are “bad boys”.
Life’s a Bitch: (I am fine with this use of” bitch” as it is not talking about a woman)
got my first piece of ass…
Piece. Of. Ass. No. Simply describing a woman using a piece of her body especially a part of the body that is seen as sexual. it dehumanizes women and makes it seem like it is okay for a man to see woman as sexual objects. Not okay.
I’m dying of thirst:
Money, pussy, and greed; …
Again, using a sexual body part to describe women. And that the word that is being used is “pussy” is in my mind worse than “ass” because it is a cruder term than ass and all genders have posteriors.(Also, don’t even get me started on “pussy” being used as a derogatory word for a guy who is seen as a cowered or lesser in someway.)
I know that misogynistically these songs are not as bad as some others. I know this from simply walking into the gym and hearing bitch, whore, piece of ass and other terms being used to talk about women being sung through the speakers. So often in this genre of music (and other music too) women are only sexual objects to be desired and obtained. And, I don’t like the assumption that any girl the songwriter passes by will want to have intercourse (and I don’t mean dialogue) with them.
I don’t just say this as a feminist, I say it as a teenage girl. A girl who lives in a world with a heavy rape culture and where words and ideas like the ones I have discussed above aren’t just words and ideas, they are words and ideas that very well may spur some men into action. They are words and ideas that scare me for my, and other female’s, safety. They are words and ideas that should not be taken lightly.
On a happier note, I started my art class at the Glessel and I’m really enjoying it. We are currently working on self portraits and it is going better than I thought it would.
How is everything in your world going?