Here is a real live girl responding...
…to that thing I said about girls and rap last week.
I mean, as a girl who loves gangsta rap, it’s always a Massive Eyeroll Moment when someone implies that no girls like “hard shit.” Especially because it’s probably the lyrical content of the music rather than its musical “hardness” that turns off female listeners. Rap sometimes gets unfairly maligned as more sexist than other forms of popular music by white people who are afraid of it. But gangsta rap does tend to either largely ignore the existence of women OR say really offensive things about women. It makes sense that fewer women would be in to music that objectifies women and equates all females with prostitutes. It also makes sense that fewer women would be in to music that is pretty much just about men interacting with other men doing man shit—although personally I love this aspect of gangsta rap, so piss off, QTip.
Rap that deals with darker themes probably just tends to be more relatable or emotionally resonant to women. I think now of say “My Mind Is Playing Tricks on Me” by the Geto Boys. Most people aren’t thugs, but we all get haunted by paranoia and guilt.
The really problematic part is the “sensuality and sexiness” part. FUCK THIS SO MUCH! FUCK THIS. Utter and complete bullshit. You bros do realize that the only reason you equate women with “sensuality or sexiness” is because you think of women primarily as being sexy sensual beings, right? Right? You do realize that’s sexist as fuck, right? Suck my left one!!!!