Tuesday, 10 December 2013

The Representation of Women in Music Videos

The Representation of Women in Music Videos

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

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

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

When women are shown in music videos, they are shown extremely sexually. This is a disgusting development of the 21st century. Ever since the 1998 hit Hit me baby one more time  music videos have changed from legs being the only thing shown to the point of near pornography.

These videos also cause other women to follow this career choice. It is  pushing women in general towards clothing that is getting progressively smaller and smaller. This turns into an ever-growing black hole when the smaller clothing makes men want more women in smaller outfits, and then that will contribute again to the degrading of women.

However some modeling women think that the fact men are so needy or obsessive about them gives them power. This in some cases is the truth but in others it is the complete opposite. A lot of women are convinced that modelling is a very successful path but in fact it can land you in debt, sexually assaulted and with bum and breast implants.




What you have here is good and you have responded well to the question. But you haven't used any examples (beside Britney Spears) to explain what you mean.

T: What you must do now is develop your points and fully explain them using multiple specific examples. Pick out all of the technical aspects (Mise-en-scene, editing, lyrics etc)

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