by: Julia Shukhman
To begin, I think we can all agree that music is a part of our daily lives. We are often so mesmerized by the beat, and as a result, we don’t pay attention to the derogatory and disrespectful lyrics, mostly towards women, that these songs contain. The hip hop and rap industry is known for its lack of respect towards women, yet we do not realize how misogynistic some of the lyrics actually are. For example, in Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog’s 1992 hit “Bitches aint shit”, Snoop Dog has a verse where he says “Bitches ain’t shit but hoes and tricks, lick on these nuts and suck the dick, get the fuck out when you’re done”. In other words, he is implying that women are nothing but objects that he uses for his personal pleasure, and that he leaves when he is done with them. Not only that but the name of the sing itself “bitches ain’t shit” is extremely derogatory and disrespectful towards women because he refers to women as “bitches”, meaning dogs. We need to pay more attention to the songs that we listen to because they often glorify and normalize the sexual objectification of women. An example of women objectification is in hip hop music videos where women are mostly used as an accessory for men. For example, women are always kissing on the men while they are singing or rapping, and they are usually naked or barely have any clothes on. They are also filmed doing sexual things like sucking on lollypops, or dancing while having water sprayed at them to fulfil men’s “fantasies”.
Men should instead use their musical platforms to encourage and show respect towards women, not belittle them. “Along with the major studies conducted, misogyny in rap music creates a different mindset among people. For example, children who grow up listening to misogynistic music may grow into feeling comfortable with talking to women in a manner that affects the way they might treat women in the future.” state Gourdine and Lemmons’s 2011 study. This proves that when people are constantly listening so music that contains disrespectful lyrics towards women, they start to think those thoughts too which is horrible and why all of these horrible lyrics have got to stop.