Gender and Hip Hop Music

In our Psychology of Gender class, we were shown a documentary on the portrayal of gender in the media, focusing on hip-hop music. The documentary, Beyond Beats and Rhymes (trailer), displayed the extent of hypermasculinization of men and the sexual objectification of women in popular music.


To further explore this topic, we asked some OMPS staff members, DeLa and Jessica, and an OMPS intern, Mae, a few questions to capture further perspectives. These questions ranged from “Do you think that gender stereotypes portrayed in the media have had an effect on the general public?” to “What do you think is the best way to eliminate gender stereotypes in the media?”


DeLa, Jessica, and Mae all agreed that the negative gender stereotypes we see in music and music videos are detrimental from a social justice standpoint. DeLa, however, pointed out that from an economic standpoint, these stereotypes are what generate huge profits, so entertainers will continue to produce music that include harmful gender stereotypes.


This leads us to our next question: how should we eliminate gender stereotypes in popular hip-hop music? Of course, there is no easy answer. Mae said, “Progress has to come both from within the industry and from the consumer.” The consumer needs to stop showing a demand for music containing stereotypes, and music artists must respond to the public’s demand by changing their style of music.


So where do female hip-hop artists fit into this picture? Do female artists see themselves as sex objects? In a very male-heavy genre, female hip-hop artists need to maneuver themselves into a niche that is popular and makes profits. Jessica told us, “Female artists know what sells. They have to be a little risque to sell.” She used the example of the rapper Trina. During performances, Trina dresses scandalously, and her lyrics are equally suggestive. When out of the public eye, however, she has stated to interviewers that her display is to some degree out of necessity–no one will take a female rapper seriously unless she puts forth some shock value. In the end, like Jessica said, “Sex sells, but whose sex are we selling?”


Sally Yan ‘15 and Anna Raines ‘14

Emory Students

Phone Bank Opportunity for Students!

Attention Emory students!

If you are interested in becoming more politically active and care about the future of Georgia, please consider attending a phone bank for Georgia Victory 2014 held this Thursday on Emory’s campus! This is a great way to get involved with a state campaign as well as work with students from groups like Students for the Best Georgia, Young Democrats, and the Blue Georgia Initiative!

Some information from the Facebook event:

Come support Georgia Victory 2014 for our big campus phone bank as we make phone calls to boost turnout in the upcoming primary. FREE pizza will be provided for volunteers. ARRIVE EARLY.


Date: Thursday, April 17th
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Location: Room E 332 @ DUC

– RSVP by emailing Charlie at OR signup on this page –


Link to the Facebook event:


Mae Bowen, ’16

OMPS Intern

MSA Weekend

This weekend I celebrated Emory Muslim Student Association’s 20th anniversary. On Saturday, the Office of Religious Life held the official dinner celebration with alumni and on Sunday was MSA’s annual Art Gala at the Biltmore hotel.

Throughout the alumni dinner, listening to former presidents speak of there experiences, including the first female president, I realized how far MSA has come as an organization. I was also introduced to Susan Henry-Crowe, Emory’s Dean of the Chapel and Religious Life, who had been very active in the creation and development of MSA over the last twenty years. Being of only 18 years of age, I hadn’t realized what a milestone the Office of Religious Life had reached at this point. Throughout my involvement in MSA, I had only been concerned with its criticisms and how to better it as it is. Looking at how far it has come already has given me more context on how to address issues in the future and how to appreciate the organization more for what it stands for.


Freshmen Liaison Girls 2013-2014


Fariah Majid, ’17

OMPS Intern



Sleep is very valuable to me, and it is very sad that nowadays I’ve felt that 6 hours constitutes a successful night of sleep. I usually get a range between 5-7 hours of sleep, but the past week I never got over six. Thankfully, it didn’t hit me until after Tuesday’s Corporate Finance exam. The lack of sleep in combination with the open wound inflicted upon me by a concrete stair on Sunday allowed pathogens to enter my body and attack my throat and brain immediately after the exam. But my beautiful roommate gave me echinacea tea and my immune system said “Bloop bloop” to those pathogens and I feel better just in time for Wonderful Wednesday!

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Huyen Nguyen, ’16

OMPS Intern

Life Just Got Real!

Lately I have been thinking about my plans for my future here at Emory and my plans after Emory. I am a sophomore in the college double majoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities and Biology. As enrollment appointments were approaching I realized that I only have four more semesters here at Emory. To my surprise, I have way more classes to complete for both of my majors than I expected. I brainstormed through dropping one of my majors, changing my major completely, or struggling to finish both majors. In order for me not to die with rigorous courses next year, I will have to take a gap year before I apply to medical school. My original plan was to take the MCAT in the spring of 2015 and apply to medical school my senior year. In order to do so I would have to complete all of my pre-med classes along with MCAT prep classes all next year. I was faced with the dilemma of taking a gap year or struggle to complete the requirements next year. I have yet to make a decision. My advice to all first year students would be to try to start on your major classes as soon as you can. This will prevent you from stressing in your last years at Emory to finish them. Take full advantage of faculty advisors, professors, and mentors to help you through hard times and tough decisions.


Jasmine Huffman, ’16

OMPS Intern


Essence is right around the corner and its a great time to be a prospective student at Emory University. The program is dedicated to those african american and latino students that were accepted to Emory University. The weekend is full of events for these students and get a glimpse of what Emory can be like. Although we have so many events for that particular weekend to hype up the experience, we usually have to let them know that it may not always really be like that. Even so, the weekend is normally a great one with a lot of functions, insight, and more functions… We’re very excited to have the students here and we hope that they have a great experience at Emory.



Chris Richardson, ’15

OMPS Intern


This week university-wide elections are open! Go to to cast your vote before 11:59 PM April 2nd. Positions for student government, student programming committee, BBA, and more are open.  Also, you can vote yes/no on amendments to the campus constitution.
Emails were sent to all students with blurbs about the candidates– be sure to get informed before you cast a ballot. These students will be your representatives for the next academic year.

It only takes a moment, let your voice be heard!


Rebecca Lichtenstein, ’16

OMPS Intern

Essence of Emory

Essence is a program held by Emory University each spring geared towards accepted minority students. The purpose of this program is to allow high school seniors to spend 3 days on the university’s campus in order to get a better feel for what it’s like to be a student here. This year Essence will be held Thursday, April 10th until Saturday, April 12th. As an Emory student there are many ways that you can be involved with Essence because the admissions office needs as many volunteers as possible. I think it is important to help out with Essence so that I can share my experience at Emory with prospective students. I also want to get to know them so they will know someone if they decide to attend school here.


The aspects of volunteering include a variety of things. The most time intensive volunteering is hosting. This means that you allow one of the prospective students to stay in your room for the weekend. As a host you are required to pick your student up. They have a full schedule for the most part so you are not babysitting. At night, you get time to get to know your student and show them around. Other volunteer opportunities include greeting students at the airport, helping with the welcome dinner, helping set up for Showtime at Emory, and much more. If you are interested in helping out with Essence you can contact Shauneese Jacobs by looking them up in the Emory directory.


Shae Street, ’16

OMPS Intern

Inspired by Don Jon

In Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s recent film, Don Jon, featuring himself, Scarlett Johansson, and Julianne Moor, one can really see the repetitive nature of life. By the way the movie is filmed, with the same scenes repeated but with varying details, each episode mocks one’s daily routine.


These are what Jon’s days are comprised of. Throughout the movie I thought of how I always strive to maintain some sort of routine; it allows for simplicity. But I haven’t been able to find the peace of mind that comes from routine lately. By the end of the film, however, I got the message that maybe there’s something valuable in dynamism rather than stagnancy. I shouldn’t worry too much about falling out of routine, as long as I’m always engaging something worthwhile.


Fariah Majid, ’17

OMPS Intern

Dooley’s Week 2014

Dooley’s Week 2014

This year, Dooley’s Week will be held March 31-April 5th.

For those new to Emory, “Dooley represents a quirky tradition on campus. The biology lab skeleton safeguards the official Spirit of Emory… Contriving to appear on campus at the beginning of the week that bears his name, Dooley has made his entrance by every means imaginable—one year coming through the Haygood-Hopkins Gate on a motorcycle, another year landing in a helicopter on the Quadrangle, and still another time rising from his very grave on the Quad. Custom has allowed him the privilege to arrive at a classroom and set students free. His “peacekeeper” is a squirt gun. Since an unpleasant incident in the impudent sixties, when a student attacked Dooley with the apparent intention of unmasking him, the visitor from Beyond is accompanied by a retinue of hand-picked students, whose black garb and “shades” appropriately complement the weird visitor from the grave.”


Below is a schedule of events for this year’s Dooley’s Week:

Monday (3/31/14): Taste of Emory, 5:30-7:30pm, McDonough Field

Tuesday (4/1/14): SPC and OMPS Present Wonka’s Speakeasy, 7:00-9:00pm, Cox Hall Ballroom

Wednesday (4/2/14): SPC and RHA Present Wonderful Wedensday, 12:30-2:30pm, Asbury Circle

Thursday (4/3/14): SPC with Love Presents Wonka’s Chocolate Fall, 11:00am-1:00pm, Asbury Circle & Rollins Quad

Comedian Chis D’Elia, Doors open at 7:00pm, Glenn Memorial

Friday (4/4/14):Dooley’s Ball Ft. 5 and a Dime, Doors open 8:00pm, McDonough Field

Saturday (4/5/14): Spring Band Party Ft. Chance the Rapper, Doors open 7:00pm, McDonough Field


“Presidents may come, presidents may go; professors may come, professors may go; students may come, students may go; but Dooley lives forever!”

Mae Bowen, ’16

OMPS Intern