Cross-Posted at Not Your Average Feminist
Answer: A LOT! Utter disgust…Check out his latest single “Monster”…
It’s incredibly disturbing to see popular music has gone from scantily clad dancing women, to scantily clad dead women hanging from ceilings or as severed heads in the hands of Kanye. Jay-Z is no better with his highly controversial lyric: “I rape and pillage your village, women, and children” as a woman lies nude and dead behind him on a couch.
And Nicki Manaj, hip hop’s woman of the year, trying so hard to be one of the boys. I totally get that her scene is more of a play on the dual roles women are expected to maintain. For Nicki in particular, one persona is a stereotypical pure/innocent woman and the other is an animalistic/evil woman who is able to roll with the boys by downplaying her femininity (weakness) and emphasizing her masculine traits (power). Can she use her popularity and celebrity for good? Would it be too much to ask her to help empower women out there, rather than playing being apart of a video that blatantly dehumanizes them? Establish a new par in terms of sexism, and let male rappers rise to your level…please? In the very least, at least her scene was a just some bondage/kink rather than murder…
Certainly there are women that are also depicted as being murderers, but their status is no where near the powerful men rapping in front of the camera. Instead they are shown as animalistic “blood-suckers” that will drain powerful men of their money.
When did music become this? Kanye’s a “Monster” indeed.