Alright so in class we did some group projects on relationships and sex in the media, and the group that caused the most controversy was how women are portrayed in music videos.
Side one: Women are portrayed as objects and often have to strip for and have sex with casters in order to get parts
Side other side: The women who go out for these parts are choosing to go out for these parts and it’s their choice to strip and sleep with casters
Side Luke is right: Yes both sides are true
Now it is a common fact that women in music videos often strip and sleep with the casters in order to get the parts, now this sucks because this is often the only way to get the parts. However it is also these “actresses” (and I use the term loosely) choice to do these things. If I told you to strip for money, it would be your choice to do that or not. Now strip for money. Decisions, decisions.
My professor, teacher, instructor person submits that often in situations like prostitution and abuse (strange how those are being compared to being in a music video) it is often not the woman’s choice. While I agree with this statement I would like to point out, that if you are an aspiring actor/actress/musician/model/person/thing you most likely are not in dire straits and you probably have other options. Has anyone ever really heard of the situation “I have no money so hanging out with famous people and being seen by hundreds of thousands of people is my only option”? Now if we were talking about actual strippers and actual prostitutes, I would say yes, you are correct, they more than likely do not have any other option.
Don’t get me wrong, the fact that they actually do have to get naked to get parts is awful. But it isn’t the casters fault that that has become the expectation. I think it comes down to the first girl who thought to seduce the caster. THAT was a definite choice. Now every woman that comes after has to at least match that, if they want to stand a chance against that kind of competition. If every girl that came in to the audition fully clothed and answered questions and maybe proved that they can dance or something then the casters would have to choose off of actual talent and personality rather than who was best in bed.
I feel it is important to add that the only place where this is found is in Rap and Hip-Hop videos. I would like to now point the finger at the industry that causes these girls to have to resort to this. Dear anonymous Rap/Hip-Hop artist, Stop singing about misogyny, sexism and “bitches and hos”. You are only successful because you’re fans are too ignorant of your lyrics and/or they are sexist pigs who would like to see things the way they were before 1920. Love, Luke
Now if you fall into the category of said ignorants this one is for you. Dear Ignorant, If you listen to songs that promote misogyny then you are promoting misogyny. If you don’t know whether you fall into that category or not listen to the lyrics of the music that you are promoting and stop being ignorant. If you are one of those idiots that say things like “well I don’t like the lyrics but the song is so great so I bought it anyway,” you are still promoting what you “don’t like”. Learn something and know what you are listening to and approving. Love, Luke
If any of this angers you are most likely a misogynist/sexist and your opinion means less than nothing to me. However I would like to mention that I know all rap isn’t about women, and I would also like to state that I do like some rap, so get off your high horse.
Meanwhile back at the actual subject of the blog post…
So in conclusion, women are not objects and should not be treated as such, HOWEVER, women who exercise their right to be fuck puppets and be used like objects deserve to get what they are asking for.
Thanks for reading and I leave you with this video.