The following post is my sixteenth entry in a Media Journal that I am required to keep for a Journalism class: Men and Women in Media. This class analyzes the portrayal of men and women in media and the often times skewed images and gender expectations that create. I am not required to post online, but I felt that this would help my blogging entries and also create ample discussion among my peers, if I have any. In all truthfulness, this class will probably sink itself into my skin until I bleed, and these journal entries that I post online are a fun way to have the reader watch me squirm as I deal with issues that sometimes I don’t agree with. This can be fun…
Media Journal #16
Hip hop music and the modern female. Need I say more? Now, before I begin this dialogue, I don’t mean to generalize and say that ALL hip hop degrades women because that is simply not the truth. But for the sake of argument I will use hip hop to cover all of those “artists” who do degrade women. And let’s face it, most hip does, and if you disagree with the my choice of the word MOST, well, you’re probably an idiot.
It’s been said that modern hip hop is a recreating of early 20th century blues music where artists would sing about the woes in their life, the women their sleeping with, and all that bluesy stuff. Back then it was hard on the ears of the conservatives. It wasn’t everyday you heard about a man wanting to lay down on the tracks and end his life (yes, that’s an actual blues song). And that was the early 1900’s. Let’s flash forward to today with this perspective that blues has somehow reincarnated itself into hip hop music. Okay, not so far-fetched. It’s definitely not so eloquent as its previous form, and surely not at all talented. But what about the lyrics?
Yes, if you can get past all the bitches, hoes, and all the rest of the thug-life bullshit it is relatively close to blues lyrics and themes.
The only reason I mention this connection is because in nearly 100 years the American male is still objectifying the American female. When you look at it like that it certainly makes you think twice about what the hell you’re listening to. Are we trying to evolve as a species? Forget that, let’s put it into lamer terms - are we trying to become better as people?
Hell, I don’t think so. As “open-minded” as the world becomes we begin to shut off our decency center in our brains. And when our decency center is shut down, anything goes.
-Daniel James Franklin