Portrayal of Women in Music Videos

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The tarnished masterpiece of the present century
"Sure God created man before woman. But then you always make a rough draft before the final masterpiece." Author unknown. It is indeed hard to imagine or comprehend such a quote in a society where women are often portrayed as sex symbols and sex objects. Media is one of the major sources for gender depictions in our society and it has played a major role in placing unfathomable gender roles on women in regards to how they are to behave, and address themselves within a society. The gender depictions of women in our society are truly very saddening and mind-blowing! Music is one of the most influencing media within our time and generation, especially Rap and hip-hop. Demoralizing women has become the major source of income for many of our Rap artists in our society. Killing us softly 4 mentions different ways, where women are used in the media to make things rather, “appealing.” One of the stereotypes was how women are considered to be “slaves” to men, fully surrendered and laying at the feet of their “slave master.” Many of the major advertisements portray women to be the “weak vessel.” You can see her holding on to the leg of her man, or lying next to a shoe of her man, or getting hand cuffed by the male. A full submission is what is being portrayed here through this ads and commercials. “Wildflower” by Ghostface Killah is a perfect example of this typical portrayal of women within the music media. “You gained crazy points, baby, just bein’ with God,” one of the lines from the lyrics of this song which is very obvious in displaying the mindset of a man. When a closer look is made to the lyrics of this song, it can be seen that the man is the commander, where he is commanding the woman to do things that meets his sexual needs, making him feel like he accomplished something great. Even though we don’t see this commanding power come in to play in the advertisements, it is still explicit when you see the girl...
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