The film shown in class, Dreamworlds 3, examines the narratives told about contemporary music videos pertaining to sex, gender, and sexuality. The film encourages viewers to consider how these narratives shape individual and cultural attitudes about what it means to be a man or a woman. After viewing this film, it became clear to me that music videos discriminate against women and women of color.
This film made me fully aware of how this industry sells the sexuality of women simply to fulfill their capitalistic need to make a profit. Music videos depict women as sexual aggressors who fail to thrive without male sexual attention. Multiple women are often shown fighting for the attention of a single man, illustrating the heterosexual male fantasy. The depiction that women’s mental stability depends only on the fulfillment of their sexual desires is a discrimination against them. The fact that women have thoughts, feelings, intelligence, and intellect is completely disregarded.
Specifically, black women in rap, hip hop, and pop music videos are depicted as submissive sexual beings who are treated with disrespect and contempt. Black women, even more so than white women, are reduced to their sexualized body parts. As depicted in the video “Tip Drill,” Nelly swipes a credit card through a woman’s backside, implying that she is submitting to sex not because she desires to, but because she seeks payment. These videos repeatedly depict men and women in this way, showing the men disdainfully throwing money at black women’s bodies, treating them like prostitutes. Music videos are discriminating against black women by depicting them as individuals who perform sexual favors for payment. This implies that black women have fewer opportunities than white women, and that their only opportunity to be considered successful is to act this way.