BY TANISHA KNUTZEN
Music is an important part of many people’s lives but we have raised a society that is influenced by the negative message some rap songs imply.
The rap lyrics that flood through our speakers promote both distasteful misogyny and acceptance that women are nothing but “hoes and bitches.”
“And I love all my bitches but it’s like as soon as I cum, I come to my senses and I would say these hoes’ names but then I would be snitching.” – Lil Wayne.
These songs are catchy and there’s no denying their ability to pump up the club. But, does their popularity make it any more acceptable to treat women with such low respect?
We used to hear rappers like Tupac Shakur create music that placed women on a pedestal, while empowering and respecting their existence:
“Since we all came from a woman, got a name from a woman and our game from a woman, I wonder why we take from our women, why we rape our women. Do we hate our women? I think it’s time to kill for our women. Time to heal our women, be real to our women.”
These are the types of words that should be blasting through our stereos, not the ones encouraging the hatred and abuse of women.
As the younger sister of two older brothers, I have always been taught the value of respect and the importance of not just being a lady but being treated like one.
We should be teaching young boys the importance of respecting a woman.
Instead, we’re negatively influencing them through misogynistic lyrics and media that imply women are sexual objects who deserve zero respect.
Young girls are worthy of one day being the women sitting on pedestals.
They should feel empowered and respected by the boys who became men and learned how to truly appreciate a woman.
One day society will learn to ignore all those dirty rap lyrics.
We need to learn how to pay more attention to the respectful Tupac Shakur-types of music and focus less on the type of lyrics that should make any women feel uncomfortable.
Knutzen believes that every person deserves to feel like a respected, empowered and valued human being who is capable of anything, even if songs sing otherwise.