Politically Correct Anti-Rape Feminists Refuse to Condemn Rap Music
But one of the most bizarre came when we decided to throw a monkey wrench into the proceedings during the question and answer period at the end.
The panel had been fussing and fuming about the evils of “hypermasculinity” and “objectifying” women.
So we asked them: “will you therefore condemn rap music.”
Members of the panel said they would not. We put it to them that rap music thrives on “hypermasculinity” and “objectifying” women.
They said that rock and roll does that too.
We replied that content analysis shows that rap music does that a lot more than other genres. They blew it off.
But the facts aren’t hard to ascertain. From a new study by Brian A. Primack of the Medical School of the University of Pittsburgh.
Background: Adolescents are exposed to 104 minutes of popular music daily, and sexual content is highly prevalent in popular music lyrics.We doubt that panel members objected to ninth graders having sex, but shouldn’t they have been disturbed by the fact that 76% of rap songs had references to degrading sex?
Methods: Two independent coders analyzed references to sex and degrading sex in the top songs of 2005 in various genres according to Billboard magazine. We simultaneously conducted a cross-sectional survey of 302 urban ninth grade students in which we measured sexual experience, genre preference, and fourteen covariates related to sexual experience in adolescents.
Results: References to sexual intercourse were most common in Rap music (83%), followed by R&B/Hip-Hop (56%) and Rock music (7%). References to degrading sex were also most common in Rap music (76%) followed by R&B/Hip-Hop (41%) and Rock music (3%). In the fully adjusted and trimmed model (covariates included gender, age, race, socioeconomic status, rebelliousness, academic achievement, and desire to lose weight), preference of Rap music was associated with increased odds of having had sexual intercourse . . . whereas preference of Rock music was associated with decreased odds . . . . Preference of R&B/Hip-Hop was not associated with increased or decreased odds of having had sexual intercourse.
Discussion: Preference of musical genre is independently associated with early sexual experience in adolescents. In particular, those preferring genres with more sexual references are more likely to have had sex.
Of course, it goes beyond sex. From the abstract of another paper from the same project:
Objective: To perform a comprehensive content analysis of substances of abuse in contemporary popular music.So it seems that drugs and sex don’t particularly go with rock and roll, but they do go with rap.
Design: We analyzed the 279 most popular songs of 2005 according to Billboard magazine. Two coders working independently used a standardized data collection instrument to code portrayal of substances of abuse.
Outcome Measures: Presence and explicit use of substances of abuse, and motivations for, associations with, and consequences of substance use.
Results: Ninety-three (33.3%) of the 279 songs portrayed substance use, with an average of 35.2 substance references per song-hour. Portrayal of substance use varied significantly by genre, with one or more references in 9% of pop, 14% of rock, 20% of R&B/hip-hop, 37% of country, and 77% of rap. While only 2.9% of songs portrayed tobacco use, 23.7% depicted alcohol, 13.6% marijuana, and 11.5% other or unspecified substances. Substance use was most often motivated by peer/social pressure (48%) or sex (30%). Use was commonly associated with partying (54%), sex (46%), violence (29%), and/or humor (24%). Only 4 songs (4%) contained explicit anti-use messages and none portrayed substance refusal. The majority of songs (68%) with substance use portrayed more positive than negative consequences; these positive consequences were most commonly social, sexual, financial, or emotional.
If panel members were somehow ignorant of this reality, their response might be understandable.
But panel member Ed de St. Aubin knew of content analyses showing exactly what percentage of rape victims in porno films are portrayed as having an orgasm!
What’s going on here?
Simple. Feminists aren’t particularly “pro-woman.” If they were, they would be much more forthright condemning rap music. They would also be forthright in condemning the way fundamentalist Islam treats women. And they would also have objected to the way Bill Clinton treated women.
But they aren’t really “pro-woman.” They are leftists, and condemning anything coming from the black community is verboten.
A feminist source of ours points out that there is plenty of feminist writing condemning the treatment of women and sex in rap music.
Indeed, videos taking this exact tact can be found in Raynor Library.
This same source, however, points out that the intersection of race and gender can get pretty dicey, and politically correct people (our source didn’t use that term) are cross-pressured when the two clash head-to-head.