Mainstream Rap Culture is Disrespectful Towards Women & That as a Result the Younger Generation Thinks That This Lack of Respect is Normal

Misogyny is everywhere. But if you’re only focusing or talking about the misogyny black men perpetuate and ignoring the misogyny white men perpetuate in music (country/pop specifically) then it might be a little racist.

I’m a white dude, so take my opinion with a grain of salt… BUT I think the racism is the double-standard of rap vs. other genres of music. For my entire life I’ve heard about how misogynist and sexist rap and hip-hop music are as genres. Other genres of music we hear about specific songs, or artists.. but nobody lumps the entire genre together. I think that’s because the majority of popular hip hop artists are black (even though there are plenty that aren’t).

  • 80s/90s rock genre – Guns-n-Roses, “It’s So Easy” has the following lyrics: “Turn around, bitch, I got a use for you/ Besides, you ain’t got nothing better to do/ And I’m bored.” We have often said Axl-Rose is a sexist jerk, but nobody ever said “Rock-n-Roll is totally sexist and is a cancer eating away at our society.” Actually, people did say that in the 1950s come to think of it. 🙂
  • 60s/70s folk genre – Neil Young, “A Man Needs a Maid” is about a dude who wants a woman to “keep my house clean, fix my meals, and go away.” Most people don’t even have an opinion about Neil Young as far as I know.
  • 2000s pop genre – Robin Thicke’s song Blurred Lines from a few years ago was roundly criticized, but not until it was a #1 hit and “the song of the summer”. Furthermore, nobody said “pop music is making young women believe they are a piece of meat.” [quote from OP’s post]
  • Classic Rock genre – Rolling Stones “Under my Thumb” … basically the entire song is about controlling a woman. Again, Rolling Stones are one of the most successful bands of all time. People might give them some side-eye but nobody is claiming they are teaching young people a lack of respect (sure, young people don’t listen to them… but the baby boomers complaining about rap and hip-hop loved the Rolling Stones 30 years ago so they’re a good example).
  • 2010s pop music – Timber by Pitbull comes to mind, but I’m sure there are others. I’m not spending time coming up with these so this’ll do.

The list is endless. I’m not a prude arguing for banning or not listening or anything. I’m just saying if you think this is a problem with rap music specifically, you’re probably not really paying attention to other music. This is a problem with pop culture more than any specific musical genre (in my opinion).


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