With the recent popularity of femcees like Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B, Mulatto and more, music is more sexualized than ever. These artists come under heavy criticism for their content, however they sit on top of the pile when it comes to marketability and success. There is a thin line for female artists and those women who are behind the scenes of the music machine.
Women have begun to infiltrate the business in a major way over the last 10 years. Promotion, management, podcasts, blogs, video direction, and more. Though we praise the artists who freely express their sexuality, how does this affect women who are not artists in the business? In many cases, women are immediately rejected or dismissed in the music industry "Boy's Club". If you are not portraying your image in a sexual way then you are labeled as cold or a bitch. Protesting against unfair treatment brings you the stereotypical labels of being "emotional" or "irrational" because you aren't willing to be called Bae, Boo, Sweety, or any other inappropriate pet name reserved for someone close to you. Rejecting these norms may find you in a position where you are being blocked to "keep you in your place".
It has gotten to the point where blatant efforts are made in some cases to keep females at a certain level. Blocking, purposeful misrepresentations, cronyism, and more tactics are a virus to the industry. Events entitled "It's A Man's World" though not offensive at first thought, send underlying messages when you see no women in the executive position of those companies being publicized. Several women in the industry have discussed many instances where their male counterparts have used strategic blocking tactics to slow down the progress of their brand up to and including spreading malicious and false rumors.
It is my belief that humanity was born from conflict maybe that's why in all of us lives a dark side. Some of us choose to embrace it, some have no choice. The rest of us choose to fight it and in the end it's as natural as the air we breathe. At some point, all of us are forced to face the truth...OURSELVES. For me that day has come.... End the hate and embrace the unity. Be a part of the solution.