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Are Women represented as sex objects in rap videos

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Are Women represented as sex objects in rap videos? 50 Cent's P.I.M.P Rap music started in the late 1970's early 1980's and was the first form of socio-political views in music, with the likes of Run DMC, NWA, Tupac & many more. They expressed about soul and the hardship of slavery, much like the Griots, a tribe from the roots of Africa. They were the founders of Rap music. Griots were storytellers, most commonly found in the west of Africa, who orally told villagers stories to a beat. The majority of Griots were slaves and were expressing their freedom from all the pain and torture they had to tolerate. Soon, this oral expression materialized into rap music where people articulated about their pleasures and their lives. They also spoke about the suffering in their own lives. However today rap has changed for the worst - it's all about self promoting, 'Pussy, Money, Weed' and glorifying violence. No longer is rap about what was important - what rap was all about. I believe that rap has also changed in a negative way. It is now becoming the evil vein of society, pumping in the glorification of violence. ...read more.

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When there are lyrics from rap music's original 'P.I.M.P' Snoop Dogg saying: "P.I.M.P hand is strong" which connotes to domestic violence to women and also makes P.I.M.P's women aware of the consequences of their disobedient actions therefore is it a wonder why they are represented as sex objects? This lyric and action of a raised back hand by Snoop Dogg shows how much of a commodity women really are to P.I.M.P's, how they are sex objectives to P.I.M.P's, how much they mean to them! How P.I.M.P's believe in misogyny. It gives the message to the audience whom aspire to be like rappers and P.I.M.P's that it's fine to treat women in that vindictive way if they step out of line. In similarity to this, there was another use of a lyric, 'I got 100 chicks by my side'. This quotation is a perfect example of 50 Cent's nonchalant attitude about women. To him, there are plenty of women so he doesn't care if anything happens to them, they are disposable to him. There are women lining up to get a piece of action in the P.I.M.P mansion. He can just summon more women as he pleases. ...read more.

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They are exploited. When the camera is on 50 Cent it is a different story - he stands out more clearly with women bumping & grinding (like a standing lap dance) on him however he takes a blind eye to this as if it is an ordinary thing - he has a nonchalant attitude. That enhances the idea of women being sex objects in rap videos. I know and society knows that women are represented as sex objects in rap videos. So why don't we do something about it? Perhaps putting regulations and censorships for rap videos. Limiting the clever and cunning use of repeated low angled shots of the camera, the lighting concentrating on the bodies, the lyrics complimenting the video and what is going on in it, costumes (very little of it) of all the women and the setting in which the video takes place are all factors and all add up to women being represented as sex objects. All of this contributed to the way women behaved and were seen in the video by the viewers. They achieved a stereotypical image in the rap video industry, they have lost all dignity and have become a victim of degradation. This will last forever in my eyes. ?? ?? ?? ?? Prabhdit Vaid - 10T1 - 10XE2 ...read more.

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