Speaking truth to power in a different voice: Hip-hop and Black Lesbianism
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This argumentative essay provides the backdrop to the discussion of identity politics in hip hop. Exploring the fact that hip hip music has long been accused of misogyny and heterosexism, the paper looks at the conflicts homosexuals and woman have in the genre. The paper discusses the resistance many have had to overcome. Some explicit examples used is the one of artist Queen Ltifah, who is said to be a known lesbian, yet has never publicly come out. This, says the paper, is evidence of the issues and fear inherent in the genre.
From the Paper:"Despite the existence of some Black female lesbian hip-hop artists, Black women, particularly lesbians, have thus had to overcome considerable resistance within the culture of hip-hop to create their own unique discourse. Sometimes, to speak as Black artists within hip-hop, lesbians had to 'take on' the discourse of Black heterosexist misogyny. To stand against mainstream hip-hop means to write themselves out of a profound piece of Black culture that is unfortunately plagued by sexism and heterosexual. To ally themselves with mainstream gay and feminist movements denies the uniqueness of the Black experience in their lives. Significantly, Black women often speak of race as the most salient feature of their lives, while feminists who are white identify gender as the primary source of their marginalization. This difficulty of speaking truth to power in a voice that is simultaneously Black, lesbian, and female is highlighted in the incomplete nature of the binaries of Black/White, hetero/homosexual, female/male that do not explain the issues that arise from the harsh, often critical language hip-hop artists use to describe women yet the equally incomplete nature of feminist and gay discourse to explain the significance of race in Black lives."
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