Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ashley Judd: 'The Soundtrack of Misogyny'

Ashley Judd is getting a lot of flak for speaking out against the misogyny in her new memoir, All That Is Bitter and Sweet. Some say she generalized too broadly, but somebody needs to talk about the misogyny.

“As far as I'm concerned, most rap and hip-hop music - with its rape culture and insanely abusive lyrics and depictions of girls and women as 'ho's' - is the contemporary soundtrack of misogyny.”

"I believe that the social construction of gender - the cultural beliefs and practices that divide the sexes and institutionalize and normalize the unequal treatment of girls and women, privilege the interests of boys and men, and, most nefariously, incessantly sexualize girls and women - is the root cause of poverty and suffering around the world."

After a lot of complaints and some death threats, Judd stressed that she did not mean to target all, or place all the blame on, Hip-hop:

"I am white, yes, but in spite of some allegations to the contrary, I am not an idiot. Gender inequality and rape culture were here a long before the birth of the genres and rage everywhere. Hatred of girls and women, I will oppose with spiritual and non-violent principles every day. Abuse and violence in any form, at any time, in any expression, are never okay. Period. I, and other girls and women, are not afraid of you. You can keep on hating, but I am going to keep on loving."

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