Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Women presented in the media

Slightly more serious topic today but I think its well over due for me to discuss . Do we really ever consider how ridiculously degrading females are presented in the media, predominately  in music videos not to judge or anything but mostly hip hop and so called "R&B" . You know what it shocks me how genuinely acceptable  it is to show women as some sort of sex symbol. Dancing around men, shaking it and all that ... . women in these videos seem to be worth the same amount as the fancy cars and latest trainers that are featured in these videos. Basically saying women are just accessories and products that are all for the show. I thought we were passed the time of "trophy wives" but now its even worse because these men don't even bother with the marriage part but assume they have the right to own these women. I think at the end of the day it comes down to self worth. If we really looked into history at what women went through without a choice and here we are with some much power, choice and freedom and what do we decide to do with it.Degrade ourselves. This one story in particular touched me to the point of near tears . I was so disgusted by it but it was informative and inspired me to make this blog post.



This is the story of a women who lived a life of suffering , shame and racial inferiority. 
Sara Baartman ( also known as the Hottentot Venus ) was 20 when she arrived in London from Cape town . Little did she know she would become the icon for black female sexualisation and racial inferiority. The people of Britain and France  were fascinated by her body, they had never seen a women with a figure and curves  like Sara Baartman and therefore made the black female body inferior to the white women . In 1814 She was made into a science project were she was heavily studies with no consideration of how she felt . Sara Baartman was seen as a freak show and with that came  her position in the circus where she danced naked and was laughed at and mocked by the public. Sara Baartman died in 1816 at the  young age of 26. the terror and shame didn't end there. Her brain, buttocks and genitals were cut out and displayed in a French museum for many years, only in 2002 were her remains brought back to South Africa.



Sarah’s body was exploited, much like women today in rap videos. the only difference is Sara  was enslaved and forced yet we have the freedom to refuse being over sexualised, but women  still choose to pose half naked on TV, instagram and even in public and don't realise the freedom we have because of  the actions of  so many feminist activists . Just some food for thought for you guys. On that note, women you are so incredibly beautiful and the pinnacle of God's creation you don't need anyone to tell you that . (Men your beautiful too, don't want to leave anyone out !)
 
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