Misogyny in rap music refers to lyrics, videos or other aspects of rap music that support, glorify, justify, or normalize the objectification , exploitation, or victimization of women. It is an ideology that reduces women to objects for mens ownership, use, or abuse. Scholars have proposed various explanations for the presence of misogyny in rap music. Some have argued that rap artists use misogynistic lyrics and portrayals of women as a way to assert their masculinity  or to demonstrate their authenticity as rappers. Detroit -based rapper Eminem , for example, used misogyny in eleven of the 14 songs on his third studio album The Marshall Mathers LP Many commentators believe that African American women suffer from high levels of stereotyping and the resultant discrimination, and have done stretching back as far as the end of slavery.
Rap music impacted sexual initiation among minority youth
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Adolescent ethnic minorities who listened to rap music in seventh grade were more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior by ninth grade, a relationship significantly mediated by perceived peer sexual behavior, according to recent study data. The researchers hypothesized that seventh-graders who listened to rap music for longer periods were more likely than those who listened to less rap music or none to initiate sex by ninth grade. Rap music significantly predicted sexual initiation when examined under univariate analysis, but not multivariate analysis, the researchers wrote. The Sobel test indicated that the association between hours of rap music listened to daily and sexual initiation was partially mediated by perceived peer sexual behavior. Researchers said this partial mediation model suggests the need for further investigation of additional variables to explain the relationship between rap music use, perceived peer behavior and sexual initiation. Disclosure: The researchers report no relevant financial disclosures. Healio News Pediatrics Adolescent Medicine.
Degrading and Non-Degrading Sex in Popular Music: A Content Analysis
However few studies concerned with health issues have explored the content of lyrics regarding sex and gender, with most research in this area focused on the effects of media portrayals on sexual behavior and problems. Much of the scholarship analyzing sexuality and gender issues in the media comes from disciplines outside of health and the behavioral sciences, such as cultural studies. This paper compares literature related to sexuality and gender in rap music from a variety of perspectives such as feminism, cultural studies, and sociology as well as from health and behavioral research in order to deepen understanding of the lyrical content that may influence sexual attitudes and behavior. The review illustrates that conflicting paradigms, for example of sexual agency or misogyny, emerge in this literature and that few studies are both conceptually rich and empirically strong.
By Victoria Woollaston for MailOnline. Musicians, parents and the media have spent decades discussing just how damaging explicit films and music can be on children. Now, researchers from Houston claim to have found a direct link between rap music and teens engaging in underage sex and drinking. In a study of almost students over a two-year period, they found those who listened to rap music in the seventh grade were more likely to have had sex by the ninth grade.