Exercise 3.1

The goal of this exercise is to identify the intellectual problems that motivate research essays.

Estimated time: 30 mins
Due by 9:30 a.m. Monday, November 12th 

Reading
View the assigned music video (“Monster” by Kanyé West) and read the assigned reading (“Black Monsters/White Corpses: Kanye’s Racialized Gender Politics” by Latoya Peterson).

(As mentioned in class, the music video contains explicit lyrics; therefore, if you prefer, you can watch it with the sound muted since the lesson will focus on the imagery in the video.)

Writing
In a comment below, use a few sentences to explain what Peterson observed that motivated her to write her essay. Using a quotation from the text, explain why she thinks writing her essay was important.

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14 Responses to Exercise 3.1

  1. Bridget says:

    In the music video “Monster” by Kanye West, Latoya Peterson noticed that there was some racism in the video. She highlights how all women are exploited, “Even in death, white women are worthy of love, tenderness, and a starring role in male fantasies. Brown women are relegated to the background, left to their own monstrous devices, shadow creatures performing their roles.”

  2. Deanna Barbarito says:

    In response to the music video for the song “Monster” by Kanye West, Latoya Peterson wrote “Kanye’s images were meant to both disturb and titillate, to intentionally contrast the beautiful with the profane. And it is this ongoing dynamic that troubles me more than the images of dead women or Kanye’s lyrics.” Peterson was inspired to write this due to the prevalence of violence linked with sexuality in regards to women in the media and in particular, the music industry. She finds this linking at best problematic, and at worst severely damaging.

  3. Deanna Barbarito says:

    The music video “Monster” by Kanye West inspired Latoya Peterson to write “Kanye’s images were meant to both disturb and titillate, to intentionally contrast the beautiful with the profane. And it is this ongoing dynamic that troubles me more than the images of dead women or Kanye’s lyrics.”
    Peterson wrote this due to the linking with violence towards women with sexuality. She finds this link to be at best problematic, and at worst severely damaging.

  4. Christos Kotsonis says:

    In the music video of “Monster” by Kanye West the images from the video are disturb and scary to connect with the title. The dead women was the monster in the video because I got scared of her but also Kanye`s lyrics of the song. Also the background of the video had a type of monster shadows and scary ideas.
    The video has a message for the sexuality of the women. She founds the linking being problematic and damaging. Also we see the role of male’s fantasies for women and some of those fantasies are kind true in today’s world.

  5. In the music video, “Monster” by Kanye West, Latoya Peterson noticed many different things that have motivated her to write her essay. She discusses how the overall portrayal of women is a “loss all the way around.” Brown women are portrayed in the video as monsters, they are very sexualized as seen a lot in Nicki Minaj’s part of the song, and are ultimately just “regulated to the background.” All the white women are dead in the video but are still being show love and attention which portrays the ideas of white supremacy as well. Overall the music video portrays women in a degrading light in all aspects by the racism and how women are sexualized especially through violence.

  6. Yixiao Chen says:

    In the music video of “Monster” by Kanye West, the image and the word has been described as brooding, disturbing, creepy. So that the Latoya Peterson writers that “Kanye’s images were meant to both disturb and titillate, to intentionally contrast the beautiful with the profane.” Latoya find the sexual violence against women, then write this essay and think that it is important.

  7. Irene Macias says:

    In the music video of “Monster” by Kanye West, Latoya Peterson saw that there was some kind of racism going on in the video. All the white women were dead and the black women were alive which it was very odd. After carefully rewatching the video I also noticed that, even though it was said that plenty of times brown women are called monsters because of their color. This video also shows very disturbing images and it makes men seen as the ones that control women in a very disturbing way since most of them were already dead. “Kanye’s images were meant to both disturb and titillate, to intentionally contrast the beautiful with the profane. And it is this ongoing dynamic that troubles me more than the images of dead women or Kanye’s lyrics.” Latoya makes a point in her essay that women in this video are portrayed as degrading and poor in taste.

  8. The music video “Monster” by Kanye West, Latoya Peterson analyses every woman of video and compares them with American society. In the video, black women represent monster and they look sexualized, but they seemly try to escape this image as part of Nicki Minaj. At the end of the video, we can see all the white women dead, but“Even in death, white women are worthy of love, tenderness, and a starring role in male fantasies. Brown women are relegated to the background.” That explain people still upholding the ideals of white supremacy.

  9. Raj says:

    In the music video “Monster” by Kanye West, Latoya Peterson noticed that there was connection of video images to racialised gender politics which encouraged her to write a brilliant and insightful piece that; “All of the dead women in the video are white whereas the black women in the video tend to fulfill fearsome, beast like roles in which they mimic werewolves and eat live flesh. This disturbing video not only unearths the time old depiction of black women as one-dimensional and barbaric but is also unapologetic in its sexualisation of violence”. She means from the Kanye’s images are both disturb and titillate, to intentionally contrast the beautiful with the profane.

  10. Brian Fong says:

    The music video “Monster” by Kanye West, Latoya Peterson analyzes the way how women of different colors were used in the video. Mostly the white women were dead while the brown women were still alive and being sexualized in this video. This video showed the comparison between the beautiful and profane of how women were or were not portrayed as monsters based on their skin color. Peterson shows her motivation in her paper of how women were treated in the video and how it has poor taste and profane it was.

  11. sumra says:

    Latoya Peterson wrote her essay, in response to Kanye’s music video for “Monster”, because she felt that the racism aspect of the video was very prominent. All the black women were shown alive and monstrous while white women were mostly dead in brutal ways. She says “However, within the racial context, it’s designed to simultaneously play into America’s deepest fears and deepest needs at the same time: the fear of black men (in general) and their alleged desire for white women.” That explains that Kanye’s dominant role in sexual acts and violence was to show this desire. The desire for black dominance.

  12. Jackeline says:

    What Latoya Peterson saw in Kanye Wests monster video was racism, and misogyny. She was disturbed by the brown and white women’s roles in the video and how obvious it was that black women are portrayed as beastlike and fearsome. According to her the fact that all the white women were dead and black weren’t, that the black women are werewolves( historically representative on no-whites and working class) sent a message that in the end only white women are deserving of love and tenderness. She really believed that the idea sent across was one that aligned with white supremacy.she also saw this in Nicki Minajs dual sexualized self. The nicki torturing the other nicki had dark clothing dark hair while the nicki being tortured had lighter and more clothing characteristic of white females.

    “But I do wonder, if the video was full of the corpses of black women, would it have provoked such an outcry? I would certainly hope so – but considering the silence around the rape and murder of black women (even those committed by serial killers in L.A. and North Carolina) in real life, there is room for considerable doubt.”
    I think Peterson thought it was important to right this piece because she doesn’t think people picked up on the racist message and considering previous crimes against women it should get attention.

  13. Xinmiao Xu says:

    The music video “Monster” by Kanye West, Latoya Peterson think that this video was racism and analysis through how different color women played the different role. She said ” I’m not surprised that no one has looked at the very specific positioning of white women in the video as opposed to black women, which dives deeply into the history and construction of black women as beast-like and fearsome, the sexualization of violence, and how the video is a win for both normalized misogyny and upholding the ideals of white supremacy.”

  14. Sherin Azad says:

    Based on my understanding of Latoya Peterson’s work, she seems to be looking for a problem in this music video. She says, “So, I’m not surprised that no one has looked at the very specific positioning of white women in the video as opposed to black women, which dives deeply into the history and construction of black women as beast-like and fearsome, the sexualization of violence, and how the video is a win for both normalized misogyny and upholding the ideals of white supremacy.” She brings up valid points in the characterization of the video. Violence is sexualized and there is definitely a divide in the races here but I don’t think the intention of the video was solely for that reason. If you pay attention to the lyrics, every artist in the song is talking about the “monsters” that cause them issues once they have hit fame and fortune. That they’re bloodsuckers and demons from the night and they make the point that they too are monsters who won’t let that be.

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