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Derogatory Terms and Negative Labels Issued To Women

Updated on June 7, 2014

Every man and woman deserves respect but what do we call women who choose not to carry themselves with dignity and respect. That being said one certainly could not assign the same level of respect to a stripper that is given to Hilary Clinton. One certainly could not respect a woman, on an equal level, who uses her body to get purses and money to a woman like Oprah Winfrey.

Wikipedia's definition of Misogyny regarding hip hop culture:

Misogyny in hip hop culture refers to lyrics, videos or other aspects of hip hop culture that support, glorify, justify, or normalize the objectification, exploitation, or victimization of women. It can range from innuendoes to stereotypical characterizations and defamations.

Scholars have proposed various explanation for the presence of misogyny in hip hop culture. Some have argued that rap artists use misogynistic lyrics and portrayals as a way to assert their masculinity or to demonstrate their authenticity as rappers.Others have suggested that rap music is a product of its environment, reflecting mainstream attitudes toward women, and that hip hop artists have internalized negative stereotypes about women.Still other academics have stressed economic considerations, arguing that rappers use misogyny to achieve commercial success.

Content analyses have found that approximately 22% to 37% of rap lyrics contain some misogyny, depending on subgenre. Individual artists have been shown to use such lyrics more frequently. Eminem, for example, used misogyny in eleven of the 14 songs on his third studio album. Common misogynistic themes include the use of derogatory names such as "bitch" and "ho", sexual objectification of women, legitimation of violence against women, distrust of women, and the glorification of prostitution and pimping.

Wikipedia defines Respect as:

a positive feeling of esteem or deference for a person or other entity (such as a nation or a religion), and also specific actions and conduct representative of that esteem. Respect can be a specific feeling of regard for the actual qualities of the one respected (e.g., "I have great respect for her judgment"). Rude conduct is usually considered to indicate a lack of respect, disrespect, whereas actions that honor somebody or something indicate respect. Specific ethics of respect are of fundamental importance to various cultures. Respect can be both given and/or received. Respect is often thought of as earned or built over time. Often, continued caring interactions are required to maintain or increase feelings of respect among individuals


Should we perhaps assign terms as lost or misguided to better describe a woman who lacks positive traits rather than using derogatory terms to differentiate women? Chris Brown mentioned in lyrics: “These ho's ain't loyal.” Are these “ho's” a description of women in general or a certain type of materialistic misguided women who suffers from self-esteem issues attempting to prove her value through promiscuous activity in order to financially benefit? What do we call the men who negatively label these women but seek to exploit their pain for their own benefit of having a trophy and valuing the woman for her assets alone? From rap artists the word “b*tch” seems to flow into many lyrics, presented as an interchangeable word to identify women.

How would a man feel if someone addressed or referred to your mother in derogatory terms?

How does a woman feel if she is labeled negatively? Do you adopts and accept the term and try to be the "baddest b*tch" like Joseline Hernandez or Trina?

How does one fairly make a distinction of the quality and characteristics of a woman?

Titles and labels to distinguish women are nothing new, however the viciousness of the labels over the past 2-3 decades is new and ugly to say the least. Years ago the labels were loose, home-wrecker, or a woman of questionable character for those women who did not carry or act in a way that society agreed a lady should conduct herself. Now we are in an age where women can achieve more than they ever have and yet they are still assigned negative and demeaning labels.

Are these labels freely associated and applied to women as the result of a generation that desires and hate women with the same intensity? Did the presence, and increase usage of negative hurtful words, increase rapidly when women began to provide prostitute presentation? Do people who disrespect women display the signs and symptoms of those who have issues with their mother?

There is not easy answer to this scenario but we can all agree that disrespect for women seem to be on the rise like never before. What do you attribute these disrespectful words used to generalize the women as a blanket that applies to all women? Do you label women negatively or agree that some women should be labeled with degrading terms?


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    • Lady Guinevere profile image

      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      Well things have certainly changed since the last comment that I made here. My daughter now hates me because her BF got into our business and she does not like me talking to anyone about her. Anyway he called me some rather nasty names and I put a stop to it and told him that if he cannot respect his mother or me then how in the world is he ever going to respect my daughter. I did not even know him and he was telling me that I was a liar and some other choice words. Were did the respect for women and elders go? I am so glad they broke up...even if my daughter hates me for it and does not speak to me and will not accept my phone calls. SHE needs to learn respect.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Some men hide their misogyny while others wear it like a badge. Either way, it's wrong and hateful.

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      realtalk247 3 years ago

      Lady Guinevere

      Made reference to the quality of a woman like Oprah Winfrey and the difference between those labeled negatively (gold-diggers etc.) The point I was trying to make is some women command and deserve a level of respect that other women do not.

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      I don't like rap at all. I am not sure that I understood your reference to Oprah on this either. I do know that the name calling starts from the individual but is also perpetrated through some religions and organization. Women have been put down for ages and it is time that we get respect instead of the disrespect and slavery to the male species. Without us women there would be no men for they cannot bear children to keep the species going.

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      realtalk247 3 years ago

      You bring up an interesting point about respect and people carrying baggage and applying negative labels to others instead of isolating their feelings to that individual (few individuals).

      Interesting point about who Ice Cube, Jay-Z, Snoop Dog, and T.I. chose to marry. For all the derogatory terms they use it seems ironic they are extremely intelligent in terms of not marrying a woman that is a video vixen or just a body with a nice face. It seems they know the difference between the level of women capable of raising a family and being there for the long term with desirable wife/mother qualities. Maybe the young rappers need to take a lesson in the game of life from those who have seen it all and done it all to the fullest.

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      dashingscorpio 3 years ago

      Voted up and interesting!

      There has always been some animosity between the sexes and if one has ever been hurt, betrayed, or felt used it's not uncommon to unleash a diatribe of negative comments about everyone of that gender. This is especially true of immature individuals.

      It's ugly to put down anyone simply because of their gender. I've heard some women say; "All men are no good liars, cheaters, and dogs" or "jerks and a-holes"

      Some notable differences I have observed is men don't put a much stock into what women think about them. However a lot of women care what men think of them while at the same time they will frequently use these very derogatory names on (other) women.

      A lot of these hip/hop rappers will spit all types of names on women and then they'll turn around and get married and raise children. (Ice Cube, Jay-Z, Snoop Dog, T.I, Dr. Dre, Ice T, and Kanye West) to name a few. Even Eminem and Lil Wayne have been married.

      It makes you wonder if they rap these lyrics to sell CDs and make cash. Dr. Dre has been married since 1996 close to 20 years and he is the producer for most of Eminem.