I’m in a class that is called Contemporary Adult Life at school. The class is pretty much about dealing with adult life. We talk about a lot of things…

I’m in a class that is called Contemporary Adult Life at school. The class is pretty much about dealing with adult life. We talk about a lot of things in that class. Just recently we were given a reading about Tupac Shakur. He was a famous rapper who died in 1996 by a drive-by shooting. The reading we read about is about his and hip hop’s views on women. Hip-hop music pretty much talks about how women are objects. They are there for sex and sex only. Even videos show women not caring about their bodies. They put themselves out there to be used by guys. One quote in my reading is: “Hip-hop has been distinguished by an assault on women that is as remarkable for its virulence as for its crushing lack of creativity…perhaps the most visible signs of that inequality are the sexual assault and domestic abuse to which women are subject.” It is wrong to think women are just things. This is what rappers use in their music. They degrade women and it is wrong.   Then the reading goes on to say that “if women give sex easily, they’re hoes. If they don’t they’re bitches.” The thought of this is horrible. Women are called horrible names either way. It is really hypocrisy. Another quote: “Many of the males in hip-hop seek promiscuous sex while resenting the women with whom they share it. This variety of femiphobia turns on the stylish dishonesty that is transmuted into masculine wisdom: Never love or partner with the women you sleep with.” Part of the blame should go towards women too. They are letting themselves be seen as nothing. Tupac was the subject of the reading because he was a rapper who degraded women in his music as well. He gained critical recognition and backlash for having controversial lyrics in his album 2Pacalypse Now. Even today rappers use women as objects in their videos. What has music gotten into these days?   – Tatiana