Thursday, 17 October 2013

Representation homework 2

Statement 1: In many rap videos women have no identity except as sexual playthings and "eye candy"

Statement 2: These images do provide pleasures to some viewers. But the concern is that men may internalise the notion that women are nothing more than sexual objects waiting to be used.

Statement 3: These sorts of images are not unique to hip hop. Objectified female bodies are everywhere. They appear throughout our culture in films, advertisements, television programmes etc. However, within music videos, this is virtually the ONLY vision of women available.

Statement 1: This is a fairly reliable explanation of women in rap videos. This is shown in many videos such as: 50 cent - in da club, the roots - what they do and Sir mix a lot - baby got back.
Statement 2: This is most likely true. No-one can say that it definitely is but it's likely. The concern is also possible because human nature is to see everything of a certain 'category' (e.g. women) that they like as the category as a whole (so they will see these women like this, like it and then that idea will get stuck in their heads) this is, in essence, humans being stereotypical towards women after seeing them in those videos because that's what they've seen them as and, as I've said, because we focus more on what we like, that's how that particular stereotype forms.
Statement 3: this is mainly true because this is how the media wants to display women. The media wants a sort of 'beauty standard' for women to get a wider audience interested in the media, they mainly do this to get this wider audience to spend money on magazines, etc. for the women, earning companies money. One difference is that it isn't the ONLY vision available. It may be the main vision, but not the only one. In a few videos women will just be seen as an audience or a general friend. The media wants to display women like this but there could be problems and complaints if they only portrayed women as eye candy or playthings.

This is only my view on the statements because anyone can see them differently but in general, I believe that these statements are almost completely true with a small amount of exceptions.

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