New Year’s Res: A Womyn’s Worth

5 Jan

I usually hate New Year’s resolutions, so I don’t make them. But for the past few years, I’ve had 2 mottos that I try to live by: Say What’s Real and Do What I want.

This year, I’m going to focus mostly on Say What’s Real, which is why I’m launching A Womyn’s Worth as my New Year’s resolution.  

The idea for this blog began with research for my thesis, which is about the image of Black women in hip hop. But no one needs to do research to know that the image of Black women in hip hop (and most other media) is an image that has been degraded, dragged through the mud, and sold out to the highest paying men at top record labels.

The research gave me a new perspective that allowed me to see this topic with new eyes. I realized that the degraded image of women in hip hop is one that should be disputed until it is changed. But the majority of hip hop fans ignore the words. We listen to the lyrics and sing along as if what we are saying isn’t harmful. We say stupid shit like “oh he’s not talking about me” whenever we hear rappers call us hoes (I’m gonna tell you why THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT YOU in my next post). We go to parties and clubs and do exactly what they tell us to do: we bend over, we make it clap, and we pop our pussies. And somehow, all that’s become okay. It’s the norm.

That’s why I’m launching A Womyn’s Worth

I’m entering into the conversation of women and men who are sick of the degrading images of Black women. Because I know that A WOMAN IS WORTH so much more than what’s in mainstream music,  films (especially Tyler Perry’s films), and the media.

In addition, I’ll blog about topics related to feminism, style, culture, and everyday life.

A Womyn’s Worth Objectives

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3 Responses to “New Year’s Res: A Womyn’s Worth”

  1. Winnie January 17, 2013 at 8:53 AM #

    You are so right,sista. I’ve been telling that to the young ladies I’ve come in contact with for so long. It would be so nice if the hip hop generation would get it. You are you, so be the best you that you can be. You don’t have to prove anything to anyone but yourself and God. Ladies, pull your pants up, pull your dresses down. Do not allow anyone to speak to you in a degrading manner. Be good to yourselves ladies and don’t accept any less from anyone. Respect yourself and others. Trust in the Lord. Be patient and wait and I guarantee you that good things will come your way. Listen to and follow the sista on this blog. She sounds like she is headed in the right direction.

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  2. Angelia January 15, 2013 at 9:57 PM #

    This discussion is long overdue. Thanx for getting it started. Now lets keep it going !

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  3. Evangeline January 8, 2013 at 9:20 AM #

    Thank you for starting the conversation of the degrading image of Black women. As a mature Black woman it pains me to see the “Proud” Black Woman vanish. We have struggled to gain respect in today’s society. How do you respectfully let a Sista know she is degrading herself (us) without getting into a verbal or physical altercation? This is a question we should contemplate and look at ways to encourage and support each other.

    Let’s keep the conversation going.

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