Wreck or Wrecked: Sexism in Contemporary Hip-Hop Media
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A collective appreciation for urban aesthetics during the 1960's-1970's jump-started the Hip-Hop movement which, at increasing speed throughout the decades since, has eventually come to dominate the majority of popular youth culture in America. Hip-Hop culture emerged as an attempt (whether conscious or not) by African Americans and Latinos to voice the social and economic oppression during the Civil Rights Movement through rap music, graffiti art, break dancing, and beat boxing. Popularity as a national culture has forced Hip-Hop to shed many of its distinctive goals to please Corporate America including adopting mainstream, capitalist values and adhering to patriarchal gender stereotypes. In her essay “Women, Rap, Wreck,” Gwendolyn Pough explores women's assertion of wreck, which is, to Pough, Black female rappers radically contradicting popular expectations and standards to gain recognition in the Hip-Hop scene.
Artifacts, 1 (2008)