Vanderbilt University Professor Releases New Book on Woman in Hip-Hop

pimps-up.jpgIn light of the recent controversy surrounding hip-hop lyrics, Vanderbilt University Professor, Dr. Tracy D. Sharpley-Whiting, is currently promoting her new book, Pimps Up, Ho’s Down: Hip Hop’s Hold on Young Black Women. While the book was written a year before Don Imus’ comments about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team, the book examines similar issues surrounding young woman and the hip-hop culture. “In the wake of the Imus affair, these issues are even more important to examine as woman, as consumers of popular culture, as Americans who are concerned about how incivility has become a form of entertainment in our culture,” Sharpley-Whiting says. In addition to Pimps Up, Ho’s Down, Sharpley-Whiting has written three other books and co-edited The Black Feminist Reader. She also teaches African American and Diaspora Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies and French at Vanderbilt University. For more information on Pimps Up, Ho’s Down: Hip Hop’s Hold on Young Black Women, visit www.tracysharpleywhiting.com.

  • DirtDoggy

    Rap didn’t start this degrading woman bullshit, it’s been around since the beginning of time, when the Romans were forcing huge group orgies with multiple girls at their leasure, woman are the weeker gender, sorry but someone has to be, take a look at the animal kingdon, either the male or female is dominant, usually the male, this is life bitches. PIMPS UP. Even weak ass dudes get treated like bitches, and when rappers say hoe, bitch, slut, they are talking about males more than not but these so called hip-hop scholars tryna stop rap should know that.

    For instance my sister is dominant in her marriage and treats my brother in law like a little hoe, ass bitch, see what I’m sayin ? If your weak, male or female you are a bitch.

  • Danny

    G’s up nigga, ho’s down (ho’s down), if the bitch can’t swin she go’n drown (She go’n drown.

    -Max B

    Ya dig??

  • Atl’s own

    who gives a fuck!

    the peps she tryin’ to save ain’t gone buy nor read the book anyway!

    just anotha case of preachin’ to the choir!

  • Atl’s own

    who gives a fuck!

    the peps she tryin’ to save ain’t gone buy nor read the book anyway!

    just anotha case of preachin’ to the choir!

  • NYC NIGGA

    man fuck u atl’s own even if she aint going to get her message to everybody but if 1 person readitr than she did her job i hate southern niggaz

  • ****

    im a grl and i still agree

  • http://Goofballlife.com Insane Detroit

    I have 3 daughters,its only so much I can warn them about.If they are going to be whore’s that is a decision that they will make themselves,Hell the Kennedy’s had Marilyn on Heroin,Back in the day,the sherrife and Mayor hung out in the Saloon(which was a whorehouse)this shit has long since been in place, HIPHOP is not The Senate floor,It is a powerful medium,however SELFRESPECT is taught at home. “TURN OFF THE FUCKIN TV”!

  • B.K.M

    I’m an ATL Nigga in college, and it’s true… The people she is trying to reach won’t read her book, probably can’t even read a book.

    Shit the woman being called bitches and hos… ARE THE FUCKIN BITCHES AND HOS!!!

    Don’t dress or act like a bitch/ho… you won’t get called a Bitch/Ho… It is as simple as that… refer back to the Dave Chappelle joke, where he dressed up as a cop? and someone in need of a cop mistaked him for a cop…

    BITCHES are BITCHES and Ho’s are Ho’s… If you dress and act like one, you will get called one… Those BITCHES in the music videos are not college students, they are probably BITCH ASS HO’s from a damn strip club!

    Don’t attact the Niggas makin money thrrough music for calling a bitch a bitch! Would you attack a teacher for calling a student a student? WTF???

    These uppedy women in college looking down on these ignorant niggas making money through music need to try to reform the strip clubs that breed the BITCHES and Ho’s instead of trying to attack the rappers!…

    Noticed I called the educated females women, because they are smart and carry themselves with respect… But Bitches are dumb, and se their bodies for money… Stupid and dumb… That’s why I call them Bitches… If a Bitch ass Bitch get on my nerves… she gone get called a BITCH… WOMEN stop trying save BITCHES… Women STOP TRYING TO SAVE HO’S!!!

  • I’m just sayin’…

    It’s amazing that you dumb Negroes have already got the woman pegged as “uppity” and “preaching to the choir.” You haven’t even read her book and don’t know where she’s coming from! You all say “a bitch is a bitch” until someone calls your sister or mother one, then the fights on… right? HYPOCRITES! And I was wondering… what’s the last book you read? By the forms of literary expression used on this blog, I guess I should label you all ignoramuses? I’m just sayin’…

  • doctor69

    all these dudes in here defending the word bitch and hoe are closet fags foreal in roman times half the people in orgies are closet fags men who disrespect women are 99% dl dudes who degrade women are misgynist and hate what they can’t be that’s why men call women b and h and pimps are fags too I agree with what atl college kid said most women In videos aren’t women in school but what do most of our brothers say when a women don’t wanna be bothered they call her a bitch and what my dude said about southern dudes they just backwardsI’m from nyc too and they just made because most ho/bitches are there cousins nyc stand up holla at ya folk

  • Dr Flav

    Whore and bitch are title applied to certain individuals, male or female, possessing certain personality traits and performing certain activities. These type of men and women exist in all races and tiers of our society, educated, uneducated, rich, poor or whatever category you chose.

  • Dr Flav

    I’ve lived in the south the majority of my life and if being backwards means the inability to spell, form complete sentences, regionally hate an entire population of people without discrimination and have latent homosexual tendencies (yes doctor 69), then I am the opposite of you. GET ON MY LEVEL HOE! Notice I am not referring to a female.

  • doctor69

    fallback you flavor flav wannabe bitch your a hoe you are a bitch 2 times over its a blog you fake ass english teacher whose parent are cousins twice removed fallback because I speak the truth and you don’t what the fuck ,but then again you was on ablog thinking the dipset are the hardest , greatest hiphop group in nyc when there the most gayiest biggest bitchasses in the industry fallback cocksuker and come at me correct before I come down to the non-intellectual south take your girl and play real hiphop like krs one said aka the second greatest mc ever (rakim) the first rap is about dissing our sisters anx hiphop is about uplifting our people listen to melle mel message again you might learn what hiphop is fuck you now go kiss your daddy like most southener big up to being the greatest rapper alive nyc stand up holla at ya folk

  • EReal

    Bol has this book on pre-order you know it.

    Oh and Doctor69, you talk alot of gay shit man. Maybe you’re the closet fag and thats why you’re so mad at an actual intelligent educated person like Dr. Flav ethering you on a constant basis. Only gays stay talkin that gay shit. Plus look at your name, lol, you’re stupid. lol.

    1 hunned.

  • doctor69

    fallback efake you about as real as the nine trey bloods dr flav is bitch and I guess your his groupie rocking a carebear wifebeater look what I said was true everytime no woman wants to be bothered when somebody holla at you dudes call them a hoe or bitch now if your mad what I said on misgynist men covering up there gay ways answer me this why disrespect they gave you life you learn first from them babies bond with there mothers first and that scientific facts you wigga get off my dick before I fuck your moms again more times then your pops nyc stand the fuck up holla at ya folk

  • Dr Flav

    Y’all gonna put my comments up? I posted them @ around 4 pm today and they still not here.

  • B.K.M

    That is true… If someone called my mother or sister a bitch or ho… It would inflame me… But most likely it would be warranted…

    If someone is acting like a Bitch they get called a bitch… So all you NYC dudes who think you somebody just because you from NY, need to STOP Bitchin!

    It’s an opinion. I think Bitches and Hoes get called Bitches and Hoes because they ARE or ACT like Bitches and Hoes!

    The respectable women who wrongly get called a Bitch or a Ho, most likely warranted it in some way.

    I don’t go around calling Females “Gay”, unless they do something “Gay”, I don’t call a female “stupid” unless they do something stupid.

    You see rather they are Gay or stupid is irrelevant. It is how they are percieved! Most likely when it happened it was warranted. So I can’t get mad if someone called my mom a bitch, cause she was probably acting like a Bitch! Or if someone called my sister a ho… She was probably actin like a ho… Are they bitches and/or hos? No… But if you act like one you get called one…

    You see most of you won’t understand because you are dumb! Go to college and make yourselves useful…

  • http://xxlmag.com doctor69

    EReal Says:

    May 14th, 2007 at 9:46 am
    Bol has this book on pre-order you know it.

    Oh and Doctor69, you talk alot of gay shit man. Maybe you’re the closet fag and thats why you’re so mad at an actual intelligent educated person like Dr. Flav ethering you on a constant basis. Only gays stay talkin that gay shit. Plus look at your name, lol, you’re stupid. lol

    ok sob sob I am still in the closet and I can’t come out I I…just prefer dick instead of pussy I just don’t know what it is…..