McMullen goes on to say that even wealthy white boys talked about African American women In their ones, yet Its okay with society. The second section she gives examples of entertainers that talk down on women and some that do not. Common, The Roots, and Taliban Swell are the artist are the artist she names that don’t talk bad about women, but they don’t stop other artist from doing so. Also they back up the artist that does degrade women so in reality they aren’t doing enough. Even black female artist are right along with the men talking about other females (McMullen, 297).
In the following section, McMullen talks about the protest that women have done with little alp to the situation. The misogyny is an attack on a woman’s character and it makes the black community looks bad as a whole (McMullen, 298). The fourth section is about the acceptance of the hip-hop culture towards black women. Everyone makes excuses and tries to Justify what’s going on in hip-hop, but few have actual answers to help. At a point black women writers were called traitors for writing articles and complaining about what was going on (McMullen, 299).
The author concludes that hip- black women would be more respected in today’s society. After careful examination f Muscle’s use of rhetorical appeals, evidence of pathos, logos, and ethos were used throughout the article. McMullen wrote about the discrimination of black women throughout hip-hop. The dominate rhetorical appeal used by McMullen is pathos, which “is an emotional appeal that involves using language that will stair the feelings of the audience” (Hooper, teal 86). She complains about being a black woman and hearing the excuses for men when they talk about women in hip-hop and how it is just okay with society.
McMullen is also irate about the fact that Eve, who is a female paper raps about women in a bad way and doesn’t seem to think that, that is not right. Another type of appeal McMullen uses is logos “which demonstrates an effective use of reason and Judicious use of evidence” (Hooper, teal 86). Back in the ass it was wrong and considered unfair to demonic colored men, but yet the men in today’s society are disrespecting colored women. The author explains how record labels exploit this and benefit off of the disrespect artist show black women.
The least used appeal by McMullen is ethos “which establishes the speaker’s or writer’s reducibility’ (Hooper, teal 86). Hip-hop owes its success to woman hating. Few artist dare to be different and not speak badly about women and the ones that do, they don’t make it clear that they feel it’s disrespectful for rappers to demoralize women which is not good in itself. McMullen uses evidence to support her claim, one type of evidence she uses is examples she brings up Jay-Z rap lyrics and how he talks about women in his songs, “l pimp hard on a trick, look Buck if your leg broke pitch, hop up on your good leg. Also talks about good rappers such as Taliban Swell and how he has en praised for his song “Black Girl Pain”, but at the same time McMullen feels he isn’t fully aware of the pain a black girl goes through. Another type is when McMullen uses expert opinions such as Kevin Powell, she quotes him in “Notes of a Hip Hop Head” he writes that you’d think men didn’t like women as much as they talked about them and how they refer to them as baby mommas, chickenhearted, or b*****s (McMullen, 297). McMullen believes that hip-hop has benefited from the woman bashing and Powell believes that it has spawned on its own terms of making something out of nothing.
A hired type is comparisons between other women writers that have spoke about this topic whose articles have been pushed away and they have been called traitors for refusing to be silent about the disrespect the rap community has given black women. Finally, several types of rhetorical fallacies are apparent in this article. One type is ad hominid “which refers to a personal attack on an opponent that draws attention away from the issues under consideration” (Hooper, teal 93). McMullen talks about Jay-Z and his rap lyrics how they are degrading women and explains that he is one of the worst ones in the industry.
Another type of fallacy is bandwagon “which is an argument saying, in effect, everyone’s doing or saying or thinking this, so you should, too” (Hooper, teal 93). For example, she says that same rappers don’t talk about women in their raps, but they don’t say anything to the rappers that do. In reality they know if they were to say something to those rappers that they probably would have a hard time getting somewhere in the rap industry. A final type of rhetorical fallacy is red herring “that means dodging the real issue by drawing attention to an irrelevant one” (Hooper, teal 95).
Kevin Powell blames the negatives in hip-hop on McMullen also talks about rap lyrics that are bad, but doesn’t bring up the good rap lyrics about women. As a result of man’s betrayal of black women in hip-hop the black women is not respected in today’s society which has been talked about in several articles. Another author who addresses this issue is Jonathan B. Cole in “What Hip-Hop has done to Black Women” Cole explains that it has been a growing war between Black men and women since the ass and hip-hop is a significant and influential site of contemporary gender battles (Cole 90).
Both authors state that hip- hop has generated a lot of profit from the way that rap artist talk down on black women. We can follow Muscle’s proposal to boycott rap music and maybe Just maybe they will realize what they are saying in their songs actually have an impact on the black community and that to make things better artist have to respect woman. Music is a big part in everyday life and it would be hard to get everybody on the same page as to boycott it, but something must happen because black women do need to be treated much better by black men.