I’ve recently stumbled upon the work of a young, female rapper, Angel Haze. I want to start out by saying how incredibly important it is for there to be more artists like her out there. There’s no doubt the rap industry is dominated by men and that there’s an absurd amount of sexism in it. But, rap is not inherently bad. In fact, it can be poetic and beautiful and convey very important messages. That’s exactly what Angel Haze does.
Her song, “Cleaning Out My Closet,” tells of her experience with being sexually abused as a child. It’s so poignant the way she claims the experience and tells of how she worked through it. She brings light to something that is sadly an experience for many women today.
According to rainn.org, 1 out of 6 women will be a victim of sexual assault in her lifetime. That is way, way too common for nobody to talk about it. We need artists, like Angel Haze, speaking out about their experiences so people recognize it as a problem, and not just an unfortunate part of being a woman.
Another great thing about Angel Haze, is that she chooses not to assign herself a sexual identity. If asked, she will describe herself as “pan-sexual,” which means she believes in connecting with people based on who they are, not their gender. Human connection is far more important to her than sexual attraction, which is how it should be for everyone.
It’s important to be open to every gender (that includes more than just the stereotypical two). Genders are social constructs. Yes, there are some biological differences between a person with a penis and a person with a vagina. However, there is way more similarities than our social norms would allow us to see.
I’m confident that we’re going to start to see more progressive artists, like Angel Haze in the media. I urge you to give her a listen. Not only does she carry a strong message, but also she’s quite talented.
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