Today I was reading an article on Jezebel titled “Blame Facebook Photo Tagging For Your Weird Body Issues.” According to a recent study, photo tagging over facebook can make us develop insecurities about our bodies due to spending excessive time online. Facebook doesn’t only make people more conscious of their bodies, and every “flaw” they can find, but it also can make folks feel as if they MUST be in a photo every time they attend a social event. Almost half of the people who took the survey claimed that they feel pressured to be “camera ready” when going out to a party or social gathering. More than half of the people who took the survey reported that their friends facebook posts and photos make them jealous! I never really thought about it, but for some people, facebook gets competitive! Instead of using it as a way to keep up with friends and share, it has become a competition, to get the most “likes” on your photo or status. Dr. Harry Brandt, director for The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, says: “Facebook is making it easier for people to spend more time and energy criticizing their own bodies and wishing they looked like someone else. In this age of modern technology and constant access to SmartPhones and the internet, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for people to remove themselves from images and other triggers that promote negative body image, low self-esteem and may ultimately contribute to eating disorders.” I find this very interesting, and somewhat true! I have found myself looking through someones photos on a social networking site, wishing I could look like them. What do you think about this? Do you agree? Comment below and let me know!
The way I see it, the majority of popular pop and hip hop songs are sexist. A lot of them degrade and sexualize women, not to mention portray them as sex objects. In this post, I want to give you a list of the top 5 songs that I think are most sexist!
1. Kill You- By: Eminem
In this song, Eminem sings lyrics such as “Bitch, Ima kill you” and “Just bend over and take it like a slut, okay ma?” According to Dr. Michael Cobb, “Sexism is imbedded in the culture we live in, and hearing rap music can spontaneously activate pre-existing awareness of sexist beliefs.” The song “Kill you” is sexist because it perpetuates violence towards women. He sings about the girl like she is nothing but a sex object and calls her names like “slut”, “bitch” and “whore”. In my opinion, Eminem is horrible! In his album “Marshall Mathers” he calls people racist, homophobic names and even threatens his mother in one of his songs.
2. Baby It’s Cold Ouside- By: Frank Loesser
Many people view this song as a cute and sweet holiday song. If you listen to the lyrics, the girl says things like ” I really can’t stay, I must go away” and he keeps saying “Baby it’s cold outside”. She even says “The answer is NO”, yet he ignores this and keeps persisting. She wants to leave, but he wants to get laid. This song perpetuates rape culture, and it is an example of a woman being pressured into something she doesn’t want. Throughout the song, she keeps trying to leave, but the man says things like “Don’t hurt my pride”. He refuses to take no for an answer and pressures the girl into staying with him. Not so romantic now that you really think about it, right?
3. Monster- By: Kanye West
The video for this song is more sexist than the actual lyrics. In the video, there are half naked, lifeless, mutilated women, wearing perfect makeup and high heels. I think the video is horrible! It seems pretty sexist to me, but what do you think? Can one eroticize death without being sexist?
4. Under My Thumb-By: The Rolling Stones
The way I interpret this song, he is controlling her and looking down on her, for she is “under his thumb”. Some argue that this song is not sexist, but it is simply about an unhealthy relationship. Thoughts?
5. Wives and Lovers- By: Burt Bacharach & Hal David
This song has lyrics like “Hey little girl, comb your hair fix your makeup, soon he will open the door” and “Better wear something pretty..time to get ready to love”. These lyrics imply that women must do their makeup and “dress pretty” to be able to get a man. The way I see it, it also implies that all women are good for is being beautiful.
Those are my top 5! I interpret them as sexist, but of course it depends on how you look at it! I would love to hear what songs you think are sexist and why. Comment below and let me know! Thanks (: