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Cornell University, Classes: One Girl in All the World and American Flow
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Girls and Rap
IN honor of B.o.B's recent visit to Cornell University I decided to write about the phenomenon of female rappers and what they represent. I've noticed a stark divide among female rappers and how they choose to portray themselves. That is to say they either display overtly sexual tendencies a la Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj or are completely asexualized a la Missy Elliot and Da Brat. This oddity occurs for a very simple reason. Each type of female rapper is trying to appeal to their male audience, but in different ways. Sexualized female rappers appeal to a man's inner lustful desires while providing entertaining music, and desexualized female rappers appeal to a man's pack mentality aka she becomes one of the boys. Interestingly enough neither archetype tries nearly as hard to appeal to their female fanbase. Are men simply a more lucrative audience or are they quite literally giving in to "The Man" they ostensibly fight in their music?