Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Hip hop presents a very rigid and narrow version of manhood - one that suggests that to be a "real man" you must be strong and tough, you must have a lot of women and money, you must always be in control, and you must always dominate women and other men.

If you do not live up to these ideals, you will be ridiculed for not being man enough. You will be called names like "soft, weak and wimp"

This statement accurately describes the stereotype of Hip-Hop. If you look at Justin Bieber's music video 'boyfriend', there are a lot of girls and a lot of expensive cars to support the women and money idea. You will also notice that a lot of young adults in the videos, normally partying, showing off or showing that they are a tough person, supporting the strong and tough 'real man' idea. It also normally shows them as the main attaction, being looked at and respected by everyone else, supporting the domination idea. In some music videos, you will see the men that are not cool, tough, etc. being bullied and mistreated. This can be seen in 'white and nerdy' by 'Weird Al' Yankovic, where the nerd is disrespected by the cool men.

In conclusion, I do agree with these statements because most hip hop videos will show some form of them, whether it's having money and being cool, or being disrespected because you're not. The whole point of a hip-hop video is to produce a stereotype that the cool guys get all the 'good' things in life (such as cars and girls) to try and persuade the viewers into following that stereotype. The videos are, in essence, trying to make the audience have more of a gangster personality than a geeky one. This could be because the gangsters in life like who they are but the geeky people want to be more like them so that they're more respected. 

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