Notes of a Hip Hop feminist
Who would think that listening to hip hop music one would be influenced to live, think, and act a certain way? Joan Morgan’s “Fly Girls, bitches, and hoes: Notes of a Hip Hop feminist”, argues that the rampant sexism and machismo in hip hop music is the fault of both African American men and women and damages the larger African community. She compares hip hop music to an abusive relationship. She states that hip hop music is the only way in which young black men are allowed to hide and express their pain. She believes that black men are engaged in war and, racism and white power structure have conditioned black men to believe the enemy is brown. She states that for most black men there is no trust, no community, and no family. She believes that hip hop is the mirror in which brothers see themselves. She states that black women are hurt when they hear black men calling them bitches and hoes. She states that in the last thirty years the number of two-parent household has decreased from 70 to 38 percent. She says that the cause of death among black men ages fifteen to twenty-four is homicide. The hip hop community creates sexism and machismo in the African American community because of the way hip hop artist dress, what they say and how they behave. Most hip hop performers dress in a very provocative way. Rap artist lil Kim want to the Grammy award wearing a purple sequence dress with one of her breast out covering the nipple with a piece of fabric. The men wear pants that expose their underwear and private area. The women wear short skirt and tight pants. They also wear half shirts with their bra showing and, cleavage hanging out. By dressing in a sexual way it makes the black community think that it is okay. In some of the hip hop songs the artist talks about expensive clothes. In the videos they show woman wearing tight clothes. The woman in these videos encourages young girls to dress like them. When these girls dress like...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document