Rap and Halloween (Online Writings)

Rap music is often criticized by sexism, misogyny, and the hyper sexualization of women. For example, Oprah Winfrey once said, “I don’t have an opinion, because I am my own person,” Oprah said on the birthday party’s red carpet. “I respect other people’s rights to do whatever they want to do in music and art and whatever. So I am my own person, they are their own people. I respect their rights. I am a woman who has worked very hard for my status in the world and as a human being,” she added. “I don’t want to be marginalized by music or any form of art. … I feel rap is a form of expression, as is jazz. I’m not opposed to rap. I’m opposed to being marginalized as a woman.” Thinking about the criticism directed at hip-hop for its gender politics, and reflecting on Beyond Beats and Rhymes, compare the gender politics of hip-hop with the gender politics of Halloween and college party culture as a whole?

 

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67 thoughts on “Rap and Halloween (Online Writings)

  1. Oprah said music is a form of art. Art is expressed in many different ways. Everyone has the right to express art in their own way. Rap music has influenced the culture of the college party scene to an extent by the way women dress and the way men act towards women. In the documentary we saw the different views on hip hop and rap music from tons of different people and its harm to society. Many men didn’t see the issue that there was in the rap lyrics and music videos, and while many women were offended many of them didn’t even acknowledge being called derogatory names. As a male college student that lives in a fraternity it is very hard to blame rap music on the way our generation acts and dresses when going out. If you have ever been to a frat part, at least at this school, rap music isn’t even the genre played most at the party. Most frat parties consist of hip-hop, Techno, and EDM. After this being said, I do agree that rap music influences our society to disregard women, use drugs, and dress inappropriately.

  2. The gender politics between halloween and rap music complement each other in my opinion. This is not because it is natural, but a majority of women conform to society and allow certain things to happen. I believe this because women still dress in a promiscuous way even though they listen to the rap music that degrade women and know that if they dress that way, men will see that and it will automatically send a message to that person about that woman. Of course this is not the case for all woman, but it’s hard to deny that a majority of woman on halloween especially at parties dress in this sort of fashion. This is indirectly a result of the rap music that is mainstreamed into society. It’s known that media influences society and seeing that music these days especially rap music is prevalent in rap lyrics you can see the effects with things such as how women dress on halloween.

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