“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”
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.
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.
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.
WHAT HIP HOP TAUGHT ME ABOUT FEMINISM