|A baby changes everything, even word choice|
|Written by Addie CaDavid, Daily Vidette Columnist|
|Monday, 23 January 2012 14:14|
Stop. Did you feel that? Yes, to all of you who rolled out of bed this morning feeling a slight change in the world as we know it, Hell in fact, has frozen over.
Actually, allow me to rephrase. Hell has allegedly frozen over, as several reports conflict on the matter that Jay-Z has dropped the word “bitch” from his vocabulary.
The man who basically coined the word by repeating it in practically all of his music shocked the world with the decision to not describe women as bitches anymore.
It seems the birth of his daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, has the rapper singing a different tune, in his poetic statement released by music site NME (yes, the statement is a song/poem).
“Before I got in the game, made a change, and got rich/I didn’t think hard about using the word bitch/I rapped, I flipped it, I sold it, I lived it/now with my daughter in this world I curse those that give it.”
It’s sweet, in a weird way. The song continues with the verse for his daughter.
“I never realized while on the fast track that I’d give riddance to the word bitch/To leave her innocence intact/No man will degrade her, or call her name/Forever young you may pass/Blue Ivy Carter, my angel.”
Of course, the validity of the rhyme is being scrutinized, and rightly so. How could he drop his favorite word? The one that brought us songs such as “99 Problems,” and “Bitches and Sisters,” what will happen to his career now? If the poem is a fake as some suspect, things are about to get super awkward.
Reports from several entertainment sites claim the entire statement was false and Jay-Z has, implicitly, no intention to remove the word from his song lyrics or dialogue.
Some are coming out saying that there is no way the rapper would drop the word and others are saying he’s not dropping it from his lyrics. That seems to make the whole “dropping bitch from my vocabulary” thing rather pointless in the grand scheme of things. Nevertheless, here are some reasons that Jay-Z should consider dropping the word.
Is it right for a father to demean and disrespect women for the sake of music and art? Some say yes, some say no, but the fact stands that his daughter will learn from him and her mother, Beyonce. Additionally, she has promoted strength of women, and this flies in the face of her stance.
Further, why is it his baby girl that changes his mind and not his own mother, wife or loved ones that form the catalyst for a possible removal of certain choice words?
While it’s great if Jay-Z respects women in real life, music that degrades women still plays into the standard and culture of rap.
In an academic study by the University of Maryland, “Like Daughter, Like Father: How Women’s Wages Change When CEOs Have Daughters,” research showed that when a CEO brought home a pink bundle of joy, females of the company reaped the benefits.
The birth of a girl to a male CEO can make him more aware of gender issues, which ultimately closes that company’s gender wage gap by an average of 2.8 percentage points.
Also, as reported in the Huffington Post, a study showed that Congressmen who had girls voted more liberally for reproductive rights, flexible work policies and funding for education. Basically, the birth of girls causes some serious reevaluation.
So Jay-Z, if your statement is true, thanks I guess. Hopefully the word bitch isn’t just replaced by ho in future song lyrics.