The Unspoken Lullaby: Women, Music, and Oppression Essay

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Victor Hugo once said, “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” Throughout history, the highly evocative language of music has played a major role in influencing societies and individuals. Some may say that music is the most complex form of expression. It communicates in a language that penetrates beyond the mind; it goes directly to the emotions and creates an environment or a feeling that defines that very moment. That music has the power to express and convey our thoughts and our emotions is without question, however, the idea that music has the power to reflect an entire society and can recreate an identity is not as well accepted. For every culture and their people, music has played a…show more content…
By looking at these movements and the music that was associated with them, we can see that the music created a strong individuality and freedom among those involved, therefore enabling them to be able to express their goals more effectively. (Kitwana) Music also gave African Americans an escape from the mundane lifestyle they were leading, a lifestyle in which they were looked down upon for being black. Their role has always been one of invisibility in the eyes of the governing body and society as a whole. Through music, they created a reality in which it was admirable to be black. Suddenly there were greater opportunities available that made way for African Americans to be admired instead of being ostracized, and a chance to have the power to create the change they wanted to see. In Alice Echoll’s, Hot Stuff, disco is shown as a key instrument used by oppressed groups to find their freedom in a society that didn’t accept them. African Americans, gays and women were repressed and through disco and the movements associated with it, they managed to find an identity within a place where they didn’t belong. While Disco may not have greatly affected politics and the economy, the true impact of disco was made in every person on the dance floor; identities would forever be changed. Disco was not just about the “glitz” and “glam” of drag queens, newfound sexuality, and throbbing

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