Lecture 11: music, music videos and representation
Music is also an area that defines our definition of masculinity
Examines the dreamworlds that videos and music create
However one gender dreamworld may differ from
Its used female sexuality to draw the crowds
There’s a consist story about feminity and masculinity.
Constructing feminity: what it means to be a man or man
comes from stories and music videos make clear that
what is most important about a woman is her sexuality.
Women are presented as aggressors that wont take no for
Sexualizing women’s behavior even when men are not
absent and that’s saying that men are absent women is
Weather its Beyonce; Christina Aguilera or Britney spears
the message is the same.
Black masculinity? Why are these images of black
masculinity so connected to the sexualized images of
women in hip-hop?
The view that women are solely there for male pleasure
and they’re to be controlled.
The images we see in videos are never innocent never an
accident. In music videos the person being watched is
considered passive thus we think that all women are
Women’s bodies are looked at the same way we look at
landscape; it’s to be examined, observed, and gazed at.
Female artists have to fit in to the existing story. Women
have to present themselves primarily as sexual beings.
Major themes in Dreamworld Videos: The message here is that woman’s bodies on display
across various kinds of music.
There’s a pattern that women are displayed for sexuality
and that’s all that’s matters about them, they’re
portrayed as young, sexy, and want sex all day. Women
are degraded and treated as sexual objects.
There’s violent imagery. And it’s made as though women
enjoy that violence.
The author of the video looks at questions like What kind
of reality does that create what kind of world view does it
normalize and what does It tell us about what it means to
be male or female.
First article: Lavende article
Author is a musician and scholar of women studies
Noticed the change from pop music in the early 90’s she
noticed a real hyper-sexualization of women.
What concerns her most is that this is made to look like a
feminist move. Example: spice girls, and the spice world
getting girls to follow on the bases that it is a feminist
move. Hijacking of