Book Review: Fly-Girls, Bitches and Hoes: Notes of a Hip-Hop Feminist

 

The article “Fly-Girls, Bitches and Hoes: Notes of a Hip-Hop Feminist” by Joan Morgan focuses on the issues of sexism and misogyny that are present in the hip-hop music produced in the current times. The author seeks to answer critics who identify that she is a feminism activist yet she still associates with the hateful music. Morgan uses this opportunity to explain how her love for hip-hop developed from its start to the point where it is currently (Morgan 151). The music was once a battle of who has the best lyrics and rhymes along with “fly-girls” so as to boast to the rest of his peers. However, it has now turned to a medium of insulting these former “fly-girls” as they are called “bitches and hoes”.

 

 

The article that is review by an academic writer from indicates, “It also maintains that black-on-black love is essential to the survival of both” (retrieved and viewed on December 28, 2015). This phrase is important in expressing the author’s position that hip hop and her stance on feminism are not incongruent rather it is her community who seem to be at loggerheads. Moreover, she indicates that there is more to these hip-hop songs that have been already judged as sexist or misogynous. Close analysis of these lyrics demonstrate a state of depression existing among African American men in the society as they pass it off as machismo through committing murder, abusing drugs and violence against women (Morgan 153).

 

The author indeed is correct in pointing out that the African American race is in a state of crisis. Members of the community have allowed crime, drug abuse, gender roles and economic classes to tear them apart. Previously, the members were loyal to each other as evident in the many centuries of oppression they have conquered together. As a result, this population could be the source of its own demise.

 

 

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