Dartmouth College Programming Board: Do not use student money to bring A$AP Rocky to campus
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Dartmouth College Programming Board: Do not use student money to bring A$AP Rocky to campus

    1. Petition by

      Eleazar Wheelock

      Hanover, NH

We've got a problem.

"Hold up, bitches simmer down
Taking hella long, bitch give it to me now"

"I be fucking broads like I be fucking bored
Turn a dyke bitch out, have her fucking boys, beast"

"Hoes at my shows they be strippin' off they clothes
And them college girls write a nigga name on they toes"

"Comin’ down stuntin’ like a bitch, bitches on my dick
On the set and they like the nicotine to cigarette
How they feenin’ for a nigga got these hoes up on my set
Got my niggas in the back, couple bitches in the bed"

"Tell my A$AP killers get they pistols ready
Send 'em to the cemetary with obituaries
Don't be scared, nigga, is you ready?
I've been thinking 'bout all the O's in my bank account (Whaaat)
X the hoes in my bed is 'round the same amount (Whaaat)
Ever since this new star fame came about
Or ever since me and Drizzy started hangin' out (Huuh)
Young boy, let his gun bang, let his nuts hang"

Just weeks ago Dartmouth cancelled classes so that as a community we could come together to talk about sexism, misogyny, homophobia, violence, and the things that we as a community can do better. We cannot, in good conscience, use student money to bring someone to campus who will espouse sexism, misogyny, homophobia, violence, and the perpetuation of male hypersexuality.

We highly encourage you to do all that is within your power to find an alternative to this performance. We, as an institution and as a community, can and should be better than this.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 10 months ago

      “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

      ― Charlotte Brontë

      We have a great misogny in the media! An Ex-tenant sent me for years sadistic gangrape porns and was writing, all men should pee on women, because they are dirty garbage.

      We are living in a women hating culture!

      Pornographic Mainstream Media

      With the rise of pornographic imagery found within the United States mainstream media, one interested in human sexual behavior, thought process and sexual idealogies must ask what has caused this drastic shift? The past twenty, or even more drastically, the past five to ten years represent a drastic shift in social sexual norms. In the Reagan era obscenity laws were being applied to major pornographic producers and pornographic icons like Hustler's founder, Larry Flynt, were being prosecuted relentlessly by the government. Yet with the rise of widespread technological advances like cheap mass video production, handheld digital camcorders and most significantly the internet, pornography production, availability and viewership has dramatically increased. The government has shifted their focus to more important manners and even gone as far as to pass laws such as the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that helped to create an environment in which the pornographic has been accepted into mainstream media. This act allowed for media comapnies to form conglomerate monopolization of the mass media market. As companies like AT & T, Direct TV, Newscorp and Viacom fiscally benefit directly from offering pornographic material to their viewers, it is in their financial favor to advertise that material and make it more desirable and normalized in the mainstream market. What better place to influence your young MTV/BET market than in pop music videos? The imagery and camera techniques used to produce the formulaic booty video male hip-hop artists use to promote their music and masculine image is strikingly similar to pornography. The reduction of a woman to her parts in video imagery a technique borrowed from pronography, specifically her ass or her tits objectifies these video girls to nothing more than ass and tits. By repeating this hip-hop/pop video recipe over and over again, the pornographic mind of popular culture is changing. In addition to reducing a woman to only her body parts by focusing in with camera shots of only ass or tits, pop music videos also show a flock of girls caressing a single man (the pop or rap star), competing for his attention by performing hypersexualized stripper-inspired dance moves, women partying in hot tubs , by poolsides or washing cars, but most importantly, yearning for the approving male gaze and attention. Women are portrayed as overwhelmingly ravenous, desperate nymphomaniacs, sexual aggressors and dependent on men 1) financially and 2) for their own happiness. Most of the shots below from hip-hop star Nelly's infamous "Tip Drill" video reduce women to their ass or show them lusting after Nelly's attention in a hypersexualized frenzy, much as women are depicted in most mainstream pornography. Sexual objectification is the viewing of people solely as de-personalised objects of desire instead of as individuals with complex personalities and desires/plans of their own. This is done by speaking/thinking of women especially as only their bodies, either the whole body, or as fetishised body parts.

      Sexual attraction is not the same as sexual objectification: objectification only occurs when the individuality of the desired person is not acknowledged. Pornography, prostitution, sexual harassment and the representation of women in mass media and art are all examples of common sexual objectification.

      The concept of objectification owes much to the work of Simone de Beauvoir regarding the basic dualism of human consciousness between the Self and the Other: the general mental process where humans classify the world into ‘us’ and ‘them’. Women are universally viewed as the Other across all cultures, a role which is both externally imposed and internalised, and which means that women are generally not truly regarded as fully human. An important point of de Beauvoir’s was that this Othering effect is the same whether women are viewed as wholly inferior or if femininity is viewed as mysterious and morally superior: Otherness and full equality cannot coexist.

    • Mad Dartmouth Student HANOVER, NH
      • over 1 year ago


    • Aaron Koenig ANNANDALE, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      This rapper is not representative of his genre, which tends to express an artist's motivation, goals and background in ways that shock or challenge audiences, but not attack them in the way that these lyrics do.

    • Anna Niedbala OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      Three Six Mafia was bad enough: now this?

    • Taylor Watson HANOVER, NH
      • over 1 year ago

      Down with the hate


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