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Post 2: From Fly-Girls to Bitches and Hos By: Joan Morgan

March 16, 2009

In Joan Morgan’s “From Fly-Girls to Bitches and Hos” she considers the positive and negative ideas associated with hip-hop music. She explains hip-hop music to relate to black-on-black love and crime. In that the lyrics are so angry about topics like substance abuse, alcoholism, and especially women. The sexism in rap music can explain the struggle with intimate relationships with black men. She says black men have a failure to love sisters if they only see them as “bitches” and “hos”. Yet women give rappers permission to portray them in such bad ways. The way women act by using the b-word talking about other women, how can we stop males from using it? Morgan believes that women can try to better their image by not playing into sexism and changing their behavior towards men.

Hip-hop music may play a big part as to why black men act the way they do, but is that the only reason? Hip-hop music has a lot of strong lyrics that are not necessarily suitable for the radio, but they are honest. Rappers can openly talk about shooting a black man, having sex with a random girl, or drinking under the influence. It is a good possibility that these lyrics affect the way black people think and carry on in their lives. It can definitely make it easier for black-on-black violence to occur when songs talk about how “whack” another artist is. The lyrics also constantly degrade women by referring to them as “bitches” and “hos”. Women using their bodies and sexuality to get what they want is what makes these words acceptable. Especially, when they acknowledge the use of the word is okay by using it on other women. Women may not like to called these words, but honestly some women just deserve it. Hip-hop music can also distinguish between the difference and value a true woman. It is not necessarily hip-hop music that influences a black community, but the way that the black community interprets the lyrics.

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