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).