Positive things Rap has done for Feminism
Yeah, most seem to disagree with me, but here is how I see it.
- •Changed the word "bitch" to a gender-neutral term:Right out the gate I will start with a counterpoint to the largest argument against rap by feminist culture. Most folks feel that bitch is a negative term against women, and largely that is true. Yes, some rap songs refer to a woman when they use the word "bitch," just as many songs refer to a male as a bitch or a person of nonspecific gender as a bitch. Bitch begins to evolve in rap music, it isn't a bossy woman, it is a person too weak to keep someone from calling them a bitch.
- •Women are not portrayed as tender flowers:Country music paints ideal women in the same light as 1950 ideals. Chaste, motherly, doting and entirely existing to support a man. Rap does that at times, but also as warriors, villains, and even equals. While other genres sing "I am successful because of her," rap says, "I am broken because of her," or "she is successful because of her." This may not always be positive portrayal, but genders are equal in greatness and evil.
- •Rap is body positive:Rap music displays love of womens' bodies. Yes, there is sexualization, but that exists in every genre. In rap, hip-hop and R&B there is a rejection of societal pressures to conform to beauty standards.
- •The most powerful women in music are connected to this genre:Women who sing about their own accomplishments, their sexual identities, their power...most of them are connected to rap and hip-hop. There is a Muslim female musician, she is controversial and amazing, and she is a rap artist.
- •Rap embraces struggle:Rap music originates from struggles and overcoming the powerlessness you may be expected to embrace.
- •Rap dismisses the MPDG as an ideal or even an option:The Manic Pixie Dream Girl, the design that Hollywood has created to pigeonhole the creative woman as a tool for a man's growth, does not exist in rap. A creative female is a comrade, a vocalist, a powerhouse.
- •Rap doesn't pretend domestic violence isn't real:It may not fight against it, but it does acknowledge the fact that sometimes partners become violent with one another. They also do not insult people by oversimplifying the reasons a person should stay or leave.
- •Rap takes on the GOP and any politician who puts their personal interests over the interest of the people:While they may not be specifically fighting for women's rights, rap artists regularly take to task a party responsible for: defunding Planned Parenthood , discussing what makes rape "legitimate" , and recently described a woman as a "host."
- •Rap does not perpetuate the falsehood of the ideal family life:Poverty, drug addiction, abuse and abandonment are all themes explored in rap music. These aren't viewed as failures of women, but rather the hurdles that exist in real life.