New Publication: Rap Music Influences Attitudes about Black Feminism

Dr. Lakeyta M. Bonnette-Bailey finds a significant positive impact for the exposure to political rap on the agreement with Black feminist attitudes in a new study published by the New Political Science Journal.

The study, authored by GSU’s Dr. Bonnette-Bailey and Dr. Nadia E. Brown of Purdue University, randomly assigned a total of 175 African-American participants to listen to political rap songs, non-political rap songs, rhythm and blues, pop music, or to read an article about technological advances, followed by a survey measuring their Black feminist attitudes. The study found that those exposed to the non-political rap music were the least likely to agree with statements such as “Black women have suffered from both sexism within the Black movement and racism within the women’s movement” and “the problems of racism, poverty, and sexual discrimination are linked together and must be addressed by the Black community.” The authors “demonstrate that subgenre of rap has a significant role in an individual’s acceptance of feminist attitudes among African Americans.”

The study, “Do the Ladies Run This Mutha? The Relationship between Political Rap and Black Feminist Attitudes,” can be found here.