Gender and popular music

A recent study by Flynn et al suggests that “Rap and R&B/Hip-Hop featured significantly more objectification than other genres. Women are the most frequent targets of objectification within music lyrics, and female artists are more likely than male artists are to objectify themselves”. How does rap/hip-hop perpetuate gender objectification? In what ways do these modes of expression encourage or limit social transformation in terms of the acceptance of gender diversity. Illustrate your answer with an interpretation of five (5) contrasting songs and explain their context to support your argument.




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