Gender in Music Videos

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Submitted By LaurieSturm
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Gender roles are a set of norms dictated by society that describe behaviors that are generally considered acceptable for a person based on their sex. These roles are acknowledged through both verbal and nonverbal messages from society. Babies in the hospital are wrapped in either a pink or blue blanket to show their gender, this is an unspoken gender message. When a boy on the playground decides to play with a doll that is lying around, other children might try and stop him, or even taunt him saying that dolls are for girls. This spoken message is one that is taught to children at a young age, not necessarily by their parents but by the culture surrounding them. Cultural messages are dictated by society to help shape perceptions of self and others. Cultural messages help to perpetuate gender roles in a variety of mediums, from television, to books, even the music people listen to. Music videos are a great way to view a culture’s message about gender. In all genres of music, men and women represent specific roles. Rap/Hip-hop, Rock, and Country music are all prime examples. Traditional male gender roles include things like always being in control, being tough, working hard, and being the primary caregivers for their families. Young boys are subjected to these behaviors from the very start. They hear it from their fathers, their peers, and others they look up to. Musicians use self-presentation to strategically act out a self in response to the expectations of their audiences (Crawford, pg.32), and their videos provide ample behaviors for impressionable minds to copy. Rap and Hip-hop videos show the males acting very tough and attracting females with their careless attitudes. Many videos feature the man with fancy cars and lots of money which he uses to attract one or more women. These images impress upon young boys that if they have money, they will have…...

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