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This is my reflection

by: Jessica Vass

This is my reflection WGS 2224

Jessica Vass
Virginia Tech
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Women and Creativity
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Date Created: 09/08/16
Reflecting on this week's readings from a host of women artists with very different kinds of relationships to feminism and popular music, what are some of the new ways you are thinking about any of this week's keywords? Are you surprised by any of the things these women have to say? If the picture of what feminism is hasn't gotten any clearer over the years, it has certainly gotten much more interesting. What do these stories tell you about women and pop that you hadn't thought about before? Feminine, Feminist, female, woman, gender, binaries, masculinity, hip- hop feminism, self-articulation, identity, biography Reading about Dolly Parton, I absolutely love her feminine spirit. Yes, the boob job is a little over the top. But she realized what the world wanted from women and embraced it. Not only does she make it look good, but also she is famous for it. I personally love how she attributes her success to God and His blessings. I feel like Dolly takes the sexual binary vision of the world and broadens the spectrum. The women side of the binary includes females of all walks, both feminine, feminist or on the super feminine side like herself. I love the title to Joan Morgan’s piece “Fly-Girls, Bitches and Hoes.” That in itself just shows the different ideas of “woman.” Personally I had just looked at the word woman and assumed a person of the female sex. But I had never thought to break down the different types of woman. Just the title does that. The second sentence was interesting: “Things were easier when your only enemies were white racism and middle- class black folk who didn't want all that jungle music reminding them they had kinky roots.” Her idea of how rap music is something that can cross all lines and exceed all boundaries is impressive. I agree. Music is the one thing that is multi- sexual, cultural, ageless, and classic. It is understood by all who listen. I have never met a person who did not appreciate the musical art form. “Rap music is essential to the struggle against sexism because it takes us straight to the battlefield.” Feminism needs to focus on the broad spectrum of issues. But through music, it has the potential to reach everyone on earth. I feel like a big part of the feminist sexist battle is to not be self- descrimatory. For instance, if the world wants and expects us to be solely sex objects, we cannot demote ourselves to this level. If we give them what they want, we are only giving way to move sexist roles. Yes, you can be who you want to be, wearing whatever makes you comfortable. But if you are wearing a sexy outfit just because sex sells, for the love of feminism, don’t do it.


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