Doggystyle forms a feminist

Latoya Peterson has a brilliant guest post this week over at Feministe about feminism, misogyny, and hip hop. She writes:

“Stupid,” he taunted me from across the room. “You need to stop looking all dumb and learn to start acting like a girl. You need to look like this!”

He walked over, and shoved the CD cover in my face.

Yes, the infamous Doggystyle cover.

The implication – that I was to emulate the sexualized bitch (literally!) depicted on the cover, reduced to a pair of shapely haunches for the pleasure of the males in my surrounding area – made me shake with disgust. To this day, I have never listened to Doggystyle in full, nor have I allowed a copy of the CD to stay in my line of sight.

Sometimes I wonder how different I would be today if my parents hadn’t shielded me so from pop culture images. (Really, I probably hadn’t ever seen that Doggystyle cover until a couple of years ago.)

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2 Responses to “Doggystyle forms a feminist”

  1. manupmen Says:

    Shapely haunches could please another women too.

  2. Awakening as a hip-hop feminist « Spin the Truth Says:

    […] by juliacsmith on September 8, 2008 Last week DJ jojo drew my attention toward a post by Latoya Peterson called Before I Discovered Feminism. In it, Peterson recalls being […]

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