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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