bell hooks and gangsta rap Essay

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In reading bell hooks’ opinion about sexism and misogyny I had to admit to myself that I had no idea what she meant by sexism and misogyny. So, to accurately know what she was referring to, I looked them up on the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. For the word sexism, I found there were two meanings that support hooks’ ideas: 1: prejudice or discrimination based on sex; especially: discrimination against women and 2: behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex. The word misogyny, according to Merriam-Webster, is: a hatred of women. With these definitions, I feel that both words with their meanings truly expose what bell hooks is telling us what Americans, and it seems she talks about the black…show more content…
Since 1993, Snoop Dogg has made a number of albums including Top Dogg and Paid Tha Cost to Be Da Bo$$. These albums show how much Snoop has grown as an artist. (I am not condoning his behavior toward women, whether it be on his covers or at the music awards this last year, but I am excusing it because his music seems to say something different than his ‘P.I.M.P.’ exterior.) In his album Doggystyle, Snoop has a song called Gz Up Hoes Down, and his lyrics are as followed: “Chorus: Well, all the real Gz please stand up and let all be accounted for, and if you don't give a f*** about a b****, then you're rolling with the row Outro: Hell yeah, YaknowhatI'msayin? This is stricly for the Gz, yeah F*** that b**** Niggaz alwayz be handcuffin that hoe when a nigga like me steps in the place I don't want that hoe, I don't love that hoe I'm caught up with my greens: collard greens, indo, and the cash flow YaknowhatI'msayin? Peace... Gz up, Hoes Down” (www.lyred.com) This is not the solitary song on this album, of course, but it is merely the ONE song that is even remotely demeaning toward women. Calling any girl a ‘hoe’ is wrong, in my opinion, but saying ‘hoes down’ is erroneous because of what he is saying (that the girls go down). As Snoop matures as an artist and rapper, he makes better albums. His 1991 hit
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