I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I am beginning to grow tired of music. Not because of music overload or loss of interest; but because the same message is being portrayed in almost every song ; and if not the song, the music video and I’m sick of it.
What ever happened to the innocent songs. The songs about love, or friendship, or heartbreak. I don’t know about other genres of music, but the most popular topic of interest in the RnB genre, seems to be sex.
If it’s not a male governed song/video claiming
“my bitch is available for sex whenever I want it” blah blah
It’s a female aproached song setting the tone that the only role for a woman is to satisfy a man visually and sexually.
Yes I know, sex sells, yadda yadda. I am studying journalism in college; I am aware of the strategies used by the media. However, I think that the media are now abusing this power; and of course the female population are at the heart of the shreds. Of course males are being targeted as well, but not to the same degree
Music has become far too fixated on the sexual appeal nowadays. We have become a culture of “male domination, female humiliation”. Mainly targeting and consisting of, female degrading lyrics
2 Chainz – I Love Them Strippers
“2 Chainz, you fucking crazy, motherfuckers know I’m fucking crazy
Fuck wrong with these bitches lately?
Bitches better get on they knees and praise me“
FT 2 Chainz – Talk Dirty
“Dos Cadenas, close to genius
Sold out arenas, you can suck my penis
Get with arenas, guns on deck
Chest to chest, tongue on neck
International oral sex”
Even worse, now some female artists have jumped on the band wagon, submitting, complying and even enforcing the expectations and ambitions developed overtime.
Rihanna – Pour it up
“Bad chick with me got ass and titties
Freaky bitch gon’ fuck the whole team
Ziplock bag full of OG – I go in like a door key
Your girlfriend on both knees, she catch more balls than a goalie”
I don’t have a problem with women ‘celebrating their womanhood’. But what I do have a problem with, is how the majority of women are portrayed as sex thirsty by the media. How it’s become standard for men to assume they can take sexual advantage of a woman. There is no focus on the women who specialise in politics, business, entrepreneurship, science or any occupation which requires ‘using a brain’. These occupations are stereotyped as male jobs, as a result. Men are portrayed as the superior race; by no means do they get a ‘get out of jail free’ card. They too, can be portrayed as “man whores” by the media. But there is no comparison that the degree of female misrepresentation VS male misrepresentation is considerably more frequent.
Ever since I was forced to exchange my mobility for dependence and a wheelchair, having no control over my deterioration; my eyes have been opened to the level of sexuality generated. It became more and more hardcore as time has gone on, becoming unacceptable, by my standards and extremely one-sided.
Females are portrayed as “sexual objects” and nothing more. This has consequently brainwashed the minds of some young males to base their expectations for a female with the looks, personality, attitude ‘dimness’ and sex drive as according to how the media portrays the ‘typical’ female. As a result, some girls have ‘dumbed down’ and lowered their standards and attitude to what has now become sociably acceptable in today’s culture.
In my opinion, one of the worst evolutions of European culture has been the acceptance of the vulgar, uncivil language towards females.
Rick Ross –
Nicki Minaj –
“Her pussy so good I bought her a pet” – 2 Chainz
I feel like I am fighting a losing battle trying to change the attitude and respect that both men and women have, towards the female gender. Those who oppose this misrepresentation and actually speak out about it , at the moment are by far in the minority.
It frustrates me so much to see women enforce this portrayal of themselves and paint an image that this is a popular behaviour among the female population. As a female, I am expected to behave in this same manner, as 95% of my peers; but I have far too much respect for myself, and the female gender to expose my body in this way. All I want in return is for my gender to echo a similar behaviour, instead of the embarrassing acts which brand us as a whole.
I don’t want my future children to grow up in a world, where today’s media’s portrayal is presumed to be true. To have a girl who believes her only aspiration in life should be to degrade herself to the level set out for our fellow women. Or to bring a male into this world, who would inevitably be brainwashed or conditioned into believing females are a class below him, that it’s acceptable to take advantage and be disrespectful, because ‘she’s just a girl, it’s her job’. For the portrayal of women to change, and to atleast be given the respect each of us deserve; this media cycle, of ridiculing women as a species, has to be stamped out.
It only took me a life changing illness to see the injust portrayal of women.
What’s your excuse?
- The Images Of Young Women In Music Videos Are Sexist and Degrading (shivanid9.wordpress.com)
- Gender Portrayal Differences in Mass Media (onlinefreeservice.wordpress.com)