What is the Most Misogynistic Song You Know Of?
April 3, 2008 5:00 PM Subscribe
Am I saying that "suck my dick, bitch" and its scurrilous ilk aren't frightening? Hell no. Of course they are. But the most frightening thing about it (to me) is A)that our culture so eagerly consumes it, after having laid down and allowed demand for this type of entertainment to be manufactured in a crass and calculating way by record labels, and B)that children have grown up with these attitudes modeled as normal or esteemable. I don't want anyone thinking that I think this kind of shit is "no big deal" or "not real misogyny". It is a big deal. BUT... there's a whole 'nother level it can get taken to.
When Dr. Dre crafts a song with a chorus of "Bitches ain't shit but hos and tricks," he's contributing to the problem and exposing some fucked-up ideas about women... but, damaging as it may be, he's responding to a market demand first and foremost. He's making escapist fantasy music for frat parties, not baring his soul of his demons. If the market was different and it made him more money to prance around in lipstick and mascara, he'd have done that instead (hint: he did).
I want to know some songs that make you stop dead in your tracks and say this person's ideas/message is utterly fucked up, reprehensible, and alarming.
I'm writing an essay in which I advance the thesis that Cody ChesnuTT's song "Serve This Royalty" (YouTube Part 1, Part 2... Looks like someone's video-editing school project) is the most misogynistic English-language song ever recorded (for like... a hundred-billion terrifying reasons). I want to test my faith in my thesis by hearing any and all songs you think might challenge it.
(I also think the song is a pretty... amazing piece of songwriting. So be forewarned. This song might create Armageddon-level amounts of inner-turmoil and conflict if you end up loving/hating it...)
If I can make one suggestion designed to stop a potential devolution into shit-slinging: If we could stay completely away from A.) "oh, come on... that's really not that bad..." B.) "Yeah, but that song is a masterpiece..." and C.) "your favorite band sucks..." it might help our discourse and save our feelings. In MetaFilter, as in real life, all hell breaks loose when people are told what they should or shouldn't be offended by. If you think someone's being a petulant, hypersensitive ninny just bottle it up, take deep breaths, bite your tongue, and then go home and kick your dog or something. MetaFilter can and has handled gender/sexism well in the past*, and I hope we can do it now.
(* We got absolutely no hope for weight/obesity discussions, tho'... Those will forever turn to pure shit... [and thanks for your input.])
This post was deleted for the following reason: This thread is turning into a hate-on and a chatfilter discussion of misogyny. It started out on a bad foot thanks to putitng "suck it bitch" on the front page of AskMe and then became a thread full of vile invectives where people continued to post lyrics after we asked you to post links. At this point it's in MetaTalk, maybe we can continue this discussion there, it's just gross and unpleasant in here. -- jessamyn