Humans have been making music for at least 40, years. The earliest known instruments are flutes made from hollow animal bones. What is less clear is why we make music. But how credible is the notion that making music is all about sex? First, all known cultures have had music — even those that have lacked a written language. It is as close to a universal human trait as you could hope for.
Intersectionality in Third-Wave Popular Music: Sexuality, Race, and Class - Oxford Handbooks
The field of gender and sexuality studies emerged in the wake of feminist musicology and work on women in music cf. Women and Music. While frequently deployed in amalgamated form, two distinct if related dimensions of scholarly inquiry are invoked. As such, sexuality studies have been strongly influenced by gay and lesbian studies and queer theory.
Intersectionality forms a key discourse through which the members of the movement located themselves generationally, politically, and intellectually. Despite the commitment to understanding that aspects of identity offer greater or lesser positions of power and influence, third-wave feminists have most often foregrounded the activities of white, middle-class musicians and sometimes ignored the contributions of women of color, from hip-hop feminists to pop musicians. Keywords: sexuality , race , gender , popular music , intersectionality , third-wave feminism , hip-hop , pop , rock , Riot Grrrl.
Sexuality in music videos has been evident since the s. The extent to which stereotypes align with gender portrayal varies with each decade. Music video content has remained culturally relevant and subliminally influential on adolescent character development.