Rap Music Rap Degrading Women
View many rap music videos and it is blatantly obvious that women are ‘used’ for the mere delight of the male rapper, his friends and anyone viewing. Put simply, it is painfully clear that women are mere sex objects; and this is predominately true of gangsta rap music videos. Consider TI King’s rap music video that dramatizes the song “Why You Wanna.” In this video TI and his boys are reclining on the beach: fully clothed. TI and his friends are scanning the beach and spot many ladies wearing bikinis while the camera focuses on and follows every move of the female’s rear anatomy. Other rap music videos features barely dressed women gyrating their back sides up against the males’ groin area while the rapper is yelling bitch and ‘ho’ at will. Scenes like this are all so common in rap videos: fully clothed male rapper and scantily-clad women. Some of the lyrics are explicitly sexual or raw. In most rap songs, women are only useful for performing some sexual trick or favor (e.g., oral sex).
It’s the American Way?
However, we should not be surprised that these rappers denigrate women since we live in a sex-saturated culture; a culture that has reduced women to a commodity or sex object for years.
Let’s face it: rappers are unfortunately continuing a long legacy of objectifying women in America. We simply live in a time where objectifying women thrives. Why? Because many African Americans have lost all notions of shame, discretion, decency, and guilt.
Tragically, the image of black women has also suffered irreparable damage due to rap music videos. Lil Jon and Nelly careers were based on lyrics that often demean women and videos that border on pornography—with half-naked sisters who gyrate, pop it and generally drop it like it’s hot. Together they ,rappers and record-label executives, are fashioning a legacy that does immeasurable damage to the global perception of Black women because these images are broadcast worldwide.
I’m mad at an industry that shamelessly peddles music videos with images of us as gangsters, players or pimps surrounded by half-naked women eager to please. Quite frankly, I am surprised that more African-Americans, women in particular, have not publicly voiced their disdain over the rap culture’s obsession with objectifying women.
Women need to teach their daughters that they are not required to express their sexuality by wearing tight, short; cleavage bearing clothing. A man or woman’s sexuality is to be enjoyed and shared graciously in the confines of a monogamous heterosexual marriage between husband and wife; one’s sexuality is not something to be paraded.