HIP HOP AND FEMINISM

“Showing off your ass ’cause you’re thinking it’s a trend
Girlfriend, let me break it down for you again
You know I only say it ’cause I’m truly genuine
Don’t be a hardrock when you’re really a gem”

-LAURYN HILL

HIP HOP AND FEMINISM: THE MANS GAME

There is a genuine, divine love of HIP HOP expressed in the racked.com article, WHAT HIP HOP TAUGHT ME ABOUT FEMINISM [see link below] however it is the idolization of these very artists that traps the author in a  state of confusion around her values as a feminist. In My De-Idolization of Beyonce post, I uncover the power of branding for signed celebrity-artists. I encourage anyone to consider this before continuing down the road of perceiving any artist as a positive example for the feminist movement. What we need to do is break the cycle of looking outside of ourselves to find the answer to real femininity.

from the article: “…my all-time favorite feminists, Beyoncé. I still loved hip-hop, but I was always conflicted. How I could be a feminist and still enjoy music that I agreed was misogynistic?” 

We think that because Beyonce mentioned that she is a “feminist” on the GRAMMYS, she has our best interest at heart.

Beyonce-FEminist

We think that she cares for all of us women. We seem to embrace the fact that any of these celebrity-artists will fight against the force of patriarchy for our equal rights.

Laced with the observation that the Music Industry is a male-dominated business, the author states,

“.. becoming a hip-hop head meant acknowledging that it was mainly a boy’s game”, the author glorifies these female artists for “playing the mans game”. This is where the confusion around femininity begins as we continue to define it as conquering the “mans” game. We inherit vulgar sexuality, competition and bravado as feminine qualities, because they are highlighted in the industry. Thus, we get ahead by making these qualities something to aspire for in the “mans game”. Thus, because we have figured out how to play the mans game, we uphold these qualities as our true values of our femininity. What we fail to see is that we continue suppressing the real feminine qualities that resides within.

Isn’t that what the feminist movement is about? Being more than just sexual objects? Aren’t we fighting for our place in society as intellectual, physically, mentally strong individuals? So then why do we claim these HIP HOP Female artists to be the face of our Modern Feminism?

Concerning HIP HOP and Feminism, sexuality, competition and money is glorified as if this is the answer to equality in our society. Women know deep down that the exploitation of their sexuality is the side effects of the disease of sexism. As much as we honor HIP HOP Females for their raw expression, we need to be aware of what they are really saying with these images. The author claims that today’s modern woman faces different issues than those from 20-50 years ago. I’d beg to differ, as much as we have changed, 20 years ago…still looks like today.

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What is important to embrace is your truth. How strong of a female do you feel when you see these images of half-naked women? Do you really feel empowered? Do you really feel like this forced sexuality is what makes you female? Or is there more of a notion that you have to accept something? When I look at these images, I feel like I have to accept this as the face of feminism.

But we know this isn’t right. For every female who feels like she is pinned against another female to competitively out-shine her; we continue to be sexual pawns to the game of patriarchy when we make it about our sexuality. We look to these artists for inspiration, when these artists have a subjective agenda, to brand themselves strongly into your subconscious so that you unconsciously spend all of your money on their Albums, Perfumes, Products, and concert tickets. They don’t care about your values!

When I think of the feminist movement, I think about how it paves a path for us and for future generations. When I think of our future generations, I think of the little girls who look up to these artists as well. Think about those little girls. I don’t have the answer yet to the success of the feminist movement, but I think about the young women and I look at these artists and I just know, this isn’t it.

Lets love good HIP HOP Music. Lets respect the celebrity-artists for sharing their talents. Lets love those who spit real truth. But lets not put them above us. Lets think for ourselves.

Blessings,

WHAT HIP HOP TAUGHT ME ABOUT FEMINISM

http://www.racked.com/2015/3/5/8155311/what-hip-hop-taught-me-about-feminism

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7 thoughts on “HIP HOP AND FEMINISM

  1. i read that article too. i appreciated how she finds the value in the brand of feminism that Nikki and Bey are peddling. I more identify with your article tho because you deal with it on a less superficial level. I think that we are living a a paradigm where Feminism is an “F” word and people are misogynistic with out meaning to be. this has to be form the lack of discussion about what is feminism really and an openness to talk about it with out being accused of being man haters.

    its hard to operate in a hyper masculine environment in general but i have this Showcase and Broadcast all wrapped up in this neat blog posting i recently put out. Would love to chat more about it! http://thealishab.com/2015/03/22/the-girl_illa-movement-banging-on-our-chest-in-the-hip-hop-jungle/

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    1. yes! spot on. Many feminists themselves who are radical in their approach can practice misogyny. Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts… i will certainly take a look at your work! sounds interesting!

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    2. I think women, especially black women get confused about the word “feminist”. I would suggest that you take a look at the word “womanist” and make your determination. I use to call myself a feminist until I understood the difference between the two. I’ll let you decide.

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      1. well i marinated on it all and while i agree that feminist is really more of a fun white lady activity, and that womanist is more inclusive, i dont thing the label is as important as the work. Call it what u want, but any way you chop it its unequal.

        Black and brown and non white woman have a unique position. As a black woman i find it interesting to be so bad ass in my craft and still look for the praise form the very people that would and have been stealing shit away just to make profit for themselves. its a hard and heavy burden. I’m a hip hop mother and i get to watch my creations stripped down and salved out but some how i am catering to those markets… its really weird to be both the creator and the product…. and still i rise right?

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