Research Blog Assignment # 7

Peoples, Whitney A. “Under Construction”: Identifying Foundations of Hip-Hop Feminism and Exploring Bridges between Black Second-Wave and Hip-Hop Feminisms.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 8.1 (2008): 19-52. EBSCO Host. Web. 17 Oct. 2014.

“Under Construction”: Identifying Foundations of Hip-Hop Feminism and Exploring Bridges between Black Second-Wave and Hip-Hop Feminisms by Whitney Peoples explores the sociopolitical objectives of hip-hop feminism by understanding the sociopolitical platform of hip-hop feminists. In accordance to Peoples, hip-hop feminism is the reclaiming of young Black women in the U.S. who are trying to create space for themselves between whiteness and the academically sanitized versions of university-based feminism…while confronting the maleness of hip-hop. (Peoples, 26) 

The sociopolitical agenda of  a percentage of hip-hop feminists is to uplift segments of the population which consume the genre: young African-American women and girls. (Peoples, 28)  This portion of hip-hop feminists stresses that uplifting these young women and girls is to be done through self-actualization and “through the dissemination of political education and efforts at institution-building” (Peoples, 28). Another means of this section, is to create another angle of view to the term ‘feminism’. To see this word, this meaning, as a mode of analysis through which to critique the social, political and economic structures that govern their lives-rather than a label of women associated with a particular social movement. (Peoples, 30) And also, provide young black women with the tools necessary to critique negative messages they are receiving from the lyrics and visual expressions of rap music. (Peoples, 30)

The current political agenda of hip-hop feminists is molding a contemporary manifestation of consciousness-raising. (Peoples, 30) Consciousness-raising encourages personal change, political transformation and action to be taken where possible. For this population…political education and communal institutions must be the cohesive factor in forging the socio-political agenda. (Peoples, 31)

KEY QUOTES:

-“We need to create a space in which young women can critique these harsh realities and rap music’s glamorization of them”

-“Hip-hop gave me language that made my black womanhood coherent to myself & the world.”

-“African-American women writing between the worlds of hip-hop & feminism & within the points of their convergence recognize that black men and women need forums and other spaces in which to have crucial conversations between and among themselves.”

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