Research Blog Assignment # 5.

 Gupta-Carlson, Himanee. “Planet B-Girl: Community Building and Feminism in Hip-Hop.” New Political Science 32.4 (2010): 515-29.EBSCO Host. Web. 17 Oct. 2014.

Himanee Gupta-Carlson, in this descriptive journal of “Planet B-Girl: Community Building and Feminism in Hip-Hop” shares how ‘Planet-B Girl’ created by women, allows sustainability as independent artists and uses hip-hop to enact people who are not recognized in political processes to agitate for change.  She also expresses how the women who become more aware of their marginalization within the genre, utilize the environment by generating audience responses to call attention to the gendering of hip-hop spaces.

Ranging from the Bronx, NY in the 1970’s to a garage in Seattle, WA in 2013, a core of people believe in the practice and perpetuation of hip-hop will continue to generate political change. To strive for this means- the usage of dialogue to convey messages and initiate change. “Because women hear this history, they become aware that despite the race and class disparities that hip-hop addresses, the story is sexist. But since they support the mission of social justice, they are drawn to hip-hop even as they see their role as limited. This awareness opens up spaces within locally defined hip-hop communities for feminists (male and female) to connect with each other and create dialogues that form shared experiences. ” (Gupta-Carlson).

Specifically, the women that Gupta-Carlson came into contact with, the key to using their personal stories is to project their experiences as a b-girl…to connect with the experiences of other b-girls, women, people who have experienced the same frustration/oppression in their lives, with the intention to channel those emotions into work for a positive-growth/change. Thus means- come about in spoken-word poetry, dance, music and visual art. “Women, not only claim space within “planet hip-hop” but also call attention to the gendering practices that have masked their contributions to the creation and perpetuation of that universe. Women in hip-hop, identify as b-girls, as a way of defining themselves as women who are strong and not easily intimidated.” (Gupta-Carlson) The over-all ‘Planet B-Girl’, in order to stand on one’s two-feet, summons dedication, affiliation and sacrifice.

 

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