Sexuality and Portrayal of Women in Rap and R&B Videos

Explores and compares the portrayal of women in Rap and R&B music and then discusses what this portrayal may say about women and society.

There are very marked differences between the sexuality in lyrics and videos of Rap songs and R&B songs as a whole. This commentary is in no way meant to cast a blanket of generalizations over this issue. Instead, it is the purpose of this paper to examine the expression of sexuality in the lyrics and videos of six songs (three Rap and three R&B). The exploration will pay particular attention to the treatment and portrayal of women in these images and what they seem to be saying about gender and society.