Friday, January 7, 2011

Parental Advisory: This Blog Quotes Offensive and Blatantly Misogynistic Material

As I continue to read “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” by Nicholas D. Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn, I can’t help but ponder the implications, facts and opinions it presents.

While here in the U.S., women have it infinitely better than too many other places – something that I am very well aware of and very grateful for, let me add – that doesn’t mean that things are perfect.

Things never will be perfect anywhere on this earth until God comes back, of course. But it’s still important to be aware – and quite possibly even do something – about both the wrongs and rights of the world during our stay here.

That means taking notice when people are being oppressed, whether willingly or not. And sadly, while women are forcibly oppressed elsewhere, in the U.S., too many of us – both male and female – willingly support and embrace the idea of women as second class citizens.

Before I continue any further, this blog is not meant as a condemnation of all men anymore than it is of all women. I’m not a Feminatzi, and believe that men and women were created equal – though obviously different – in God’s sight. Therefore, we each have the same value, just oftentimes different talents.

One thing that both men and women definitely have in common, however, is the tendency to screw up our lives or those of others around us.

A Typical Song and a Sadly Typical Attitude

Since I hate commercials, a decent third of the songs on the radio – especially Katy Perry’s “Firework.” Please take that woman off the air! – and most morning radio talk shows, I usually find myself flipping around the stations on my commute into work.

As I did yesterday morning, I caught one of the many “soft” rap songs (like soft porn, there’s really nothing harmless about it) that pervade the airwaves. I’m a sucker for a good beat, so I didn’t switch the station, though I did ponder the man’s unattractive voice.

(If you know rap at all, think Petey Pablo or the Ying Yang Twins, both perverts with extremely disturbing looks and matching intonations. If you don’t know anything about the biz, then consider yourself fortunate that your eyes and ears have never been molested by the sight and sounds of the aforementioned “artists.”)

I managed to catch a few lines of the song, which got me curious… and here’s what I found in Waka Flocka Flame’s “No Hands.” And sadly, no, that is his real handle.
  • “Listen to the track, Bitch”
  • “Imma sip mascato and you gon’ loosen them pants”
  • “All I wanna do is sit back and watch you move and I’ll proceed to throw this cash”
  • “Well I’m tryna to hit the hotel with two girls that’s wide awake”
  • “Nigga want beef we can take it outside, fuck it what broad these hoes ain’t mine / Is out yo mind, you out yo league, I sweat no bitches that sweat out weaves”
Had enough? Because if not, you can check out the rest of the lyrics at metrolyrics.com or any one of a dozen other such websites.

A No-Contact Lap Dance

Needless to say, Waka Flocka “Ding Dong” Flame’s “No Hands” hardly conveys respectful images of women. Without even listening to his lecherous, wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am – or worse – voice or reading all of his lyrics, it’s easy to figure out that he considers women:
  • Easy: “Well I’m tryna to hit the hotel with two girls that’s wide awake”
  • Animals: “Listen to the track, Bitch;” “I sweat no bitches that sweat out weaves”
  • Whores: “All I wanna do is sit back and watch you move and I’ll proceed to throw this cash”
  • Slaves: “Imma sip mascato and you gon’ loosen them pants”

If the last one seems a bit of a jump, consider that there is no mention of the girl in question’s name. She is an object, not an individual with feelings to consider. Neither is there a “please” included or implied in the line. Normally, when somebody says “You’re going to…” they’re not asking; they’re telling.

So he’s going to sit back and enjoy himself while she does all the work on command. Sounds like a pretty decent description of slavery to me, willing though it might be.

The sad thing is that women – mostly younger ones still in the I’m-Trying-Really-Hard-to-Feel-Good-about-Myself phase – are just as complicit as men in perpetuating themselves and their entire gender as easy, animals, whores and sex slaves.

Sure, it’s more than likely men who are writing the actual lines, but if you watch the “No Hands’” accompany music video (No, I’m not linking to that one. Besides, from a female perspective, it’s quite boring.), you’ll find plenty of willing women grinding, gyrating and showing off what their mama gave them for the gratification of any male who wants a free, no-contact lap dance.

And when some women freely display themselves as mere sexual creatures, some men feel free to treat all women as just that – even in the United States – as evidenced by this story, and this story and this story.

And yeah, I linked them in that order for a reason. It’s a slippery slope, something both American men and women should consider before they act.

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