Daughters -Nas

I’m using Nas’ Daughters song as the last song on my playlist because it’s the last point to my concept. Yes, double standards exist and we don’t like them but they are there because the way the world is now, with social media and everything being so publicly put out there. Sometimes its hard to keep your own from falling into the pressures and standards that the world has put on them. So educating them can get so far before the social pressures come in and affect their logic. But whenever you see a woman, just remember that it is somebody’s daughter and in the future it might be yours.

Mascheroni, G., Vincent, J., & Jimenez, E. (2015). “Girls are addicted to likes so they post semi-naked selfies”: Peer mediation, normativity and the construction of identity online. Cyberpsychology, 9(1), 30-43. doi:10.5817/CP2015-1-5

Penny, L. (2013). I don’t want to be told I’m pretty as I am. I want to live in a world where that’s irrelevant. New Statesman, 142(5156), 38.

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Doo Wop -Lauryn Hill

 

In this song speaks about how women would act back in the day when women had to be silent and they sexually suppressed themselves. Now women dress provocatively and are more promiscuous.  Lauryn also warns women that men want “that thing” from them, which can represent what they offer, which can be sex, money, etc. It’s hard for women not be seen as sexual objects because its most often how men perceive them in settings. Often women find themselves caught between not wanting to be held to such standards but at the same time wanting to meet these standards for purposes of themselves. Lauryn Hill just states to be careful because some people just want your “thing”.

Kovac, L. D., & Trussell, D. E. (2015). ‘Classy and Never Trashy’: Young Women’s Experiences of Nightclubs and the Construction of Gender and Sexuality. Leisure Sciences, 37(3), 195-209. doi:10.1080/01490400.2014.986347

Mascheroni, G., Vincent, J., & Jimenez, E. (2015). “Girls are addicted to likes so they post semi-naked selfies”: Peer mediation, normativity and the construction of identity online. Cyberpsychology, 9(1), 30-43. doi:10.5817/CP2015-1-5

Jazzy Belle -Outkast

 

This song is about how the double standard is used against women at times. Andre 3000 raps about how a women being “poked” too often is not what he imagines as a mother for future children. He sees it negatively for a woman to be sleeping with several men and refers to her as “Jazzy belle” which can be linked to Jezebel from the Bible. It’s never not frowned upon for women to sleep around and have several partners the way men are able to do without being frowned upon. I’m not saying it’s right for women to sleep around but if they are being judged then so should men for doing the same. Women are held to certain standards while men are not. But when women try to be masculine, the public realizes this and calls it disrespectful. So who do we please? And who cares this much about what we do?

Bradley, R. N. (2014, September 22). I been on: BaddieBey and Beyoncé’s sonic masculinity. Retrieved November 28, 2016, from Sounding Out!, https://soundstudiesblog.com/2014/09/22/i-been-on-baddiebey-and-beyonces-sonic-masculinity/

Kovac, L. D., & Trussell, D. E. (2015). ‘Classy and Never Trashy’: Young Women’s Experiences of Nightclubs and the Construction of Gender and Sexuality. Leisure Sciences, 37(3), 195-209. doi:10.1080/01490400.2014.986347

 

Double Standards- Ab-Soul

In this song, Ab-Soul tells a story from two points of views. He raps about a guy wanting sex with a girlfriend’s friend and then raps about the girl’s friend wanting sex also. But the man in the end doesn’t get judged for wanting sexual gratification versus the woman getting scrutinized and gets called a “hoe”. This song reminds me of Janet Mock’s story of her life and how she felt when she couldn’t act a certain way while she was still a male. Because of the way the world works, men cannot be emotional, connected, or sympathetic because those are women characteristics. And when a women tries to be tough and rough she is seen as too masculine. Although they do not directly have anything to do with a double standard, I’m pointing it out because its a similar problem in today’s world. A woman cannot portray herself sexually or sleep around with too many men but a man can have all the one night stands he wants and never be mentioned. Women shouldn’t be crucified for the same things men do. It also has a lot to do with disrespectability politics in which a woman is showing a more masculine way of things such as being too sexual, her hair or the way her voice sounds.

Bradley, R. N. (2014, September 22). I been on: BaddieBey and Beyoncé’s sonic masculinity. Retrieved November 28, 2016, from Sounding Out!, https://soundstudiesblog.com/2014/09/22/i-been-on-baddiebey-and-beyonces-sonic-masculinity/

Mock, J. (2014). Redefining realness: My path to womanhood, identity, love & so much more. New York, USA: Atria Books.

Anaconda – Nicki Minaj

This song by Nicki Minaj is a very fun piece of work. I would like to start with the obvious which is how the video starts, as if she is in the jungle which reminds me of Jennifer Nash’s piece in which she mentions that “where white women are depicted in pornography as an ‘object’, black women are depicted as animals.” The first couple takes of this video take place in a jungle setting which sets the mood for a sort of pornographic depiction. They also displayed A LOT of the backward gaze, the song is all about it. And in this very video performance, it is a pornographic backwards gaze. Its the intention of the song, its a “look at my ass” kind of statement.

Durham, A. (2012). Check On It (Feminist Media Studies, Vol. 12, No. 1 ed.). Taylor & Francis.

Nash, J. (2014). The Black Body In Ecstasy. Duke University Press: Durham and London.

Dance for you -Beyonce

In “Dance for you”, Beyonce plays the role of a dedicated woman to her man in which she dances very provocatively in front of her man as a thank you gesture for all he does for her. The love in which she feels for the man makes her want to dance for him. She expresses herself in an erotic way, which radiates her power of the erotic in which her biggest desire is her man. Along with the desire and pleasure she feels dancing for him as he watches. But she also comes in fully dressed and it isn’t until she is behind closed doors that she begins to unfold for her man. She is reserved and silent until she comes before her man, because he can have it as long as SHE lets him. Beyonce’s identity brings the possibility for the active production of speech, desire, and agency.

Shange, N. (1989). For colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf (Collier Books ed.). New York: MacMillan Publishing Company.

Hammonds, E. (1994). Black (W)holes and the Geometry of Black Female Sexuality(A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies ed.). Duke University Press.

Sex With Me- Rihanna

This track is one of my favorites because Rihanna wants it to be known that she is the best you’ll ever have even if you think the next girl is better, she’s still number one. Her confidence and eroticism is a source of power for her. She feeds off the energy she exerts from her sexuality. It makes the viewer feel her “in your face” attitude. She also displays agency because it’s not the first time Rihanna displays sexuality which gives the public a certain persona of her as being the sexualized pop star singer that can say what she wants, even if it is stating that she is THAT good at sex, specifically with her.

Lorde, A. (1978). Uses of the erotic: The erotic as power (2nd ed.). United States: Out & Out Books,U.S.

Shange, N. (1989). For colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf (Collier Books ed.). New York: MacMillan Publishing Company.