About Sexism in the Music Industry
Sexism is nothing new when it comes to how it is being represented in the music industry, and everyone is familiar with sexism. Sexism has been presented in the music industry for decades now. Society has now become blind to the way women are treated in the music industry. Women are the most disrespected people in the world, and no one seems to care. In the many videos that are watched, women are seen with the perfect bodies and the most appealing appearances. Because of the way women are displayed in the industry, it can have a negative effect on dating expectations and body image. Young women now think that to be seen appealing, they must have the body type of dancers and singers. The way women are seen in music videos, it has now become an expectation that all women should look that way. Women have always been seen as sex symbols and it has only gotten worse in the music industry.
It has become normal and cool to sing and rap about women in an objectifying and degrading manner (Moore 1). Almost every song you hear, in some way, women are being degraded. Lyrics are becoming more sexist as time progresses and as new artists are coming out. It is now a trend that will never go away. Women should be seen for more than how the music industry and media portray them. One of the reasons why the music industry on sex is because sex sells. In the music industry today, women are belittled to a mere subject of sex (Moore 2). Having that perfect body is what many women are aiming for because it is now the new norm. The expectations of having the perfect body can have a negative effect on self-esteem. It can have negative effects on sexual interactions between both men and women. Sexism is seen as a competition in music. People do not notice sexism in music because they are singing along to those songs that are disrespecting women in a demeaning manner. Sexism is everywhere and unfortunately it will not be going away for a very long time because of the music industry.
- Moore, Brianna. “Our Blindness to Sexism in Music.” The State Press, 2016, www.statepress.com/article/2016/09/spopinion-are-we-blind-to-sexism-in-music