Case Study (Part 3): Gender Inequality in the Music

Music makes people feel happy, excited. However, it also makes people feel sorrowful. Music always brings out a message. The problem of gender inequality is one of the messages that always is found in music. However, not all people know that when they are enjoying those music. Some of those music have already been pretty well imprinted on our brain. Sometimes, we unconsciously hum those songs. But do you really understand what it is?

This is a global issue. There are the songs with the gender inequality, no matter Eastern or Western. For example, “Hey Mama” by Nicki Minaji and Bebe Rexha. In the lyrics, it was found that female should absolutely obey the male. In the lyrics of other song called “Monster” by Kanye West, it was found that female not only show as an object. Even they do not need to appear in the image of living in the MV. “Want to want me” by Jason Derulo was found that the mind and the life is not important for female. What important for them is only satisfying their desires. Not only in Western, there are also some music in Eastern found this problem. The song “War of Hormone” and “Joke” by BTS in Korea are the examples. There are lots of words degrading to female. [1]

And there was an news about the song “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke and gender inequality in 2014. It was a popular song released in 2013. This song has won a lot of music award. However, not all people think that is a good song. In the MV and the lyrics, it is found that there are lots of pornographic screens and words. After watching the MV, some people think this song degrade to female and show female as a toy. In 2014,Robin Thicke was invited to have a concert in Boston University. However, the students of Boston University think that this song “Blurred Lines” show the message “In the case of violation of women’s autonomy, and forced them to have sex”. They think it is insulting their school’s main concept “gender equality. Therefore, they hoped that Robin Thicke can cancel the concert. [2]

In this new. it shows that people are now trying to face this problem and change their mind about the gender. And now, we are going to choose some of the songs that were mentioned to go deep into the problem of gender inequality through their lyrics and the music videos.

The first song is “Want To Want Me” by Jason Derulo. It is found that the problem of gender inequality is in its lyrics and music video. In the lyrics, it seems that it shows the love of a man to a woman.[1] However, the lyrics “I got your body on my mind I want it bad” and “You open the door Wearing nothing but a smile, fell to the floor And you whisper in my ear, Baby, I’m yours.” show that the man only wants the body of the woman.[3] In the music video, all women only wear the underwear. It shows that the women only think about the sex. They did not have other feelings and the life of them is not important. That is why people think that there is the gender inequality in this song. That makes the female is showed like a sex robot, or even an object more than a human.

The second song is “Monster” by Kanye West. It is also tagged as a gender inequality song. In the lyrics “Are you willing to sacrifice your life?” and “Bitch I’m a monster no good blood sucker”, they showed that the female was being killed. The word “Bitch” always appeared in the song. That was very insulting.[4] Not only the lyrics, the problem of gender inequality is also found in the music video. When you watch the music video, the first scene you saw is that a woman wearing underwear was hanging. In the whole music video, the women’s clothing is sexy. And women were just showed like a corpse. You cannot feel any vitality in them. The female audiences think that they have not been respectful like being killed in the music video.

In those songs, you would see that the lyrics show the gender inequality that female are facing on. Some people may think that those lyrics are trying to show the love. It is only a way of showing love. However, have you ever thought about the feeling of the female? Like the song “Blurred Lines”, Robin Thicke said that this song is the joke around him, T.I., and Pharrell Williams. They just wanted to make the feeling of joy in the song. He is respectful to women.[5] However, what about the feeling of the female fans and audiences? Because of this joke, they may feel uncomfortable. It is better to think about the others before you do something.

The victims of the gender inequality are female. Male is also the victims. The Chinese song “Mom is the best in the world” is also one of the examples of the music with gender inequality. Sometimes, kids may ask why there is only the song called “Mom is the best in the world” but not a song called “Dad is the best in the world”. That is already a kind of gender inequality. Not only aggressive lyrics make the songs become a song with gender inequality. This kind of gender stereotypes is also one of the elements of gender inequality.

Enjoying music is one of our entertainments nowadays. That is also my favorite entertainment. However, when we are enjoying the music, it seems that we should understand what the message is and what the music is talking about. Although there are those music with gender inequality, there is also the music asking for people to care about the gender inequality. It seems that people try to use the media to show what they hope. Will the wish for gender equality become true in the future?

gender equality poster的圖片搜尋結果


  1. CRYSTAL C. (2018). Music Monday:還在跟著唱嗎?這些歌含有嚴重的性別歧視!Available at:
  2. 中時電子報. (2018). 歌曲涉性別歧視 波大學生抵制. Available at:
  3. 傘下的A.L with S.H. (2018). 中英歌詞|Jason Derulo – Want To Want Me. Available at:中英歌詞%7Cjason-derulo—want-to-want-me
  4. (2018). Monster (KANYE WEST) lyrics – 中英对照歌词 – 英文歌词 – 英语人,englisher. Available at:
  5. 中時電子報. (2018). 羅賓西克MV挨轟物化女性 遭YouTube一度下架. Available at:

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