Tuesday, March 07, 2006

It's Hard Out Here for a Feminist

It's Hard Out Here For A Fem'nist *

You know it's hard out here for a fem'nist (you ain't knowin)
When she tryin to get some respect from the men (you ain't knowin)
For the energy and work hours spent
Because a whole of lot of misog'nists talk shit

In my eyes I done seen some crazy thangs in this world
Done seen women raped, done seen women beat
Done seen women live in poverty on the street
It's fucked up where I live, but that's just how it is

It might be new to you, but it's been like this for years
It's blood sweat and tears when it come down to this shit
I’m tryin to get justice ‘fore I leave up out this life
I’m tryin to get thangs right but it’s hard fo’ a fem'nist
But I'm prayin and I'm hopin to God I don't give up the fight

~ FrankenGirl

"Eighty percent of the women were sexually assaulted by pimps via sadistic sex; 71% of pimps use drugs to control the women; and 34% of the women received death threats from pimps personally or to their family." - from “Sex Trafficking In the United States, Coalition Against Trafficking of Women Study,” Raymond, Hughes, Gomez (3/01)

"You know what? I think it just got a little easier out here for a pimp." - Jon Stewart, Host of the 78th Academy Awards (3/06)

* It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp (Lyrics)
Oscar Winner - Best
Original Song - 78th Academy Awards (3/06)

You know it's hard out here for a pimp (you ain't knowin)
When he tryin to get this money for the rent (you ain't knowin)
For the Cadillacs and gas money spent (you ain't knowin)
[1] Because a whole lot of bitches talkin shit (you ain't knowin)
[2] Will have a whole lot of bitches talkin shit (you ain't knowin)

In my eyes I done seen some crazy thangs in the streets
Gotta couple hoes workin on the changes for me
But I gotta keep my game tight like Kobe on game night
Like takin from a ho don't know no better, I know that ain't right
Done seen people killed, done seen people deal
Done seen people live in poverty with no meals
It's fucked up where I live, but that's just how it is
It might be new to you, but it's been like this for years
It's blood sweat and tears when it come down to this shit
I'm tryin to get rich 'fore I leave up out this bitch
I'm tryin to have thangs but it's hard fo' a pimp
But I'm prayin and I'm hopin to God I don't slip, yeah


Man it seems like I'm duckin dodgin bullets everyday
Niggaz hatin on me cause I got, hoes on the tray
But I gotta stay paid, gotta stay above water
Couldn't keep up with my hoes, that's when shit got harder
North Memphis where I'm from, I'm 7th Street bound
Where niggaz all the time end up lost and never found
Man these girls think we prove thangs, leave a big head
They come hopin every night, they don't end up bein dead
Wait I got a snow bunny, and a black girl too
You pay the right price and they'll both do you
That's the way the game goes, gotta keep it strictly pimpin
Gotta have my hustle tight, makin change off these women, yeah


29 repartee:

Blogger actonbell wrote...

Bravo for YOUR version. I really cringed when I heard this during the Oscars--and I don't know what else to say; speechless.

Great post!

3/07/2006 7:07 PM  
Blogger frankengirl wrote...

Ah, thank you, actonbell! I'm not a poet or a rapper, but I *still* like my version better, too - ;)

I actually laughed during the Oscars, because I couldn't make out the lyrics - only the chorus "rent" part, and I kept thinking - hey, buddy, jail is rent-free!

3/07/2006 9:25 PM  
Blogger mysticgypsy wrote...

The statistics are really disturbing.

I'd definitly vote for your version. Good post, btw.

3/07/2006 10:24 PM  
Blogger frankengirl wrote...

mysticgypsy – your vote means so much to me!!! :D

Gosh, I don't know why they didn't nominate me?! - ;)

3/07/2006 10:33 PM  
Blogger Golgotha_Tramp wrote...

Definitely an improvement. It surprises me how we can let these people get away with glorifying such a destructive and disgusting occupation (if you can call it that)

I also wonder how many of these rappers actually have been pimps, it's that same when they sing about shooting and killing people, what do they know about it? They sit in there cosy cars and white fur coats drinking Champagne I don't see anyone knifing them in a back alley?


Guns don't kill rappers, cheeseburgers do!

3/08/2006 4:02 AM  
Blogger Panacea wrote...

Wow, I didn't understand a word of the lyrics that they were singing until I read them now.

Well, the point of rap lyrics according to most rappers is that the more explict and horrible they are, the more people tend to like to hear them. I will never learn to understand people!

Your version is definitely nicer ;)

3/08/2006 4:10 AM  
Blogger frankengirl wrote...

Golgotha - Thanks for your "Grrr!" I double it! :)

“They sit in there cosy cars and white fur coats drinking Champagne … Guns don't kill rappers, cheeseburgers do!”

Hahahahaaaaaaa! Love it!

Panacea - Yes! I couldn’t understand the lyrics either! And I've got to wonder (and maybe hope?) that the lazy academy voters never bothered to read them. It's like the academy wants to "hip" and they just don't care how they get there.

I also keep thinking about the hit "Pretty Woman" and how Hollywood has this totally insane take on prostitution. (The Fallen Woman with a Heart of Gold who has absolutely no health issues or mental scars for what she’s been through!)

3/08/2006 7:37 AM  
Blogger The Poodle's Friend wrote...

Yeah, Pretty Woman has the most inane premise on the planet. I still love it, though. It's the perfect fairytale, isn't it?
As for that pimp song, I hadn't actually heard it but honestly, it's just so absurd that it ends up being funny. And I think that says a lot about entertainment today.
Gosh, I'm so deep.

PS: my vote goes to your version too, frankengirl! You should write a musical. I can be the female lead, right? =)

3/08/2006 8:27 AM  
Anonymous Holly wrote...

Really brilliant, frankengirl.

re: "Pretty Woman" and its ilk--someone pointed out to me that "Memoirs of a Geisha" is pretty much the same story--but in Japan! Suddenly prostitution is exciting and interesting again!

3/08/2006 9:14 AM  
Blogger frankengirl wrote...

Poodle's Friend -

I know what you mean when you say “it's just so absurd that it ends up being funny.”

My first reaction when I heard the song was to laugh! I mean, it’s just so unfair that a pimp has to pay rent and put gas in his Cadillac, unlike the rest of us who—hey, wait a sec?—don’t we have to pay rent and buy gas, too?

As for Pretty Woman, Julia Robert’s character is not really a prostitute (or call girl), she’s just a male fantasy. I love (*heavy sarcasm*) the scene where she flosses her teeth. She lets perverts use her body, but when it comes to her gums, she really, really cares.

Hey, what a coincidence! I had you in the mind for the lead! (Except, uh, you don’t lick your paws or scratch your ears obsessively, do you?)

Holly –

Thanks - :) Yes, ain’t it great how prostitution is popularized and glamorized! Whoever is writing these stories is so out-of-touch with reality.

3/08/2006 10:11 AM  
Blogger Golgotha_Tramp wrote...

See my biggest beef is with those movies who have an "ugly" girl with a ponytail and glasses and a cardigan.....But wait! let down her hair, put on some contact lenses, stick her in a tube top and WOW! it was Brittany Murphy all along.

Why can't they have a film. Geek girl is hot, jock guy tries to date her, Geekette turns him down and had a LAN party with hot Geek boy the end.

Man, it's a mini adventure with me.

Oooh! Bagsy the shrill hysteric woman in the musical

"what do you mean you run out of bread? I've a baby at home and he needs to be feeeeeeeeeeeeed!"

3/08/2006 11:30 AM  
Blogger Panacea wrote...

Oh you're going to love this one, apparantly the 'Its hard out there for a pimp' version that was sung at the Oscars was a censored version!


3/08/2006 11:44 AM  
Blogger frankengirl wrote...

Golgotha –

Yes, I get pretty peeved at those fake-plain girl films, too! And I agree - why does smart-geek-girl want stock-jock-boy anyway?! Ugh!

One of my favorite stories is the film Enchanted Cottage, where a disfigured man and woman meet, and after they enter a particular cottage, they notice each other becoming more and more beautiful. Thus, they conclude that this cottage is magical and is transforming them physically, but we, the audience, see that they are still disfigured – the world still finds them ugly - but they have become truly beautiful in each other’s eyes. Love.

Panacea –

Thanks for the link! Yes, I did know that the lyrics were censored, and I find it totally absurd! It’s like – we’re nominating this song, but we can’t let you hear it – er, what?!

And is “witches” better than “bitches?” Would most women prefer to be called a “witch” instead of a “bitch?” To me, witch implies something evil, wicked, ugly, underhanded ...

3/08/2006 12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

What are the odds we're going to hear "It's Hard Out Here for a Tobacco Company Executive" or "for a Sweatshop Operator" or "for a Smuggler of Undocumented Immigrant Workers"?

Why are those exploiters reviled while the exploiter of women's sexuality is supposed to deserve sympathy?

3/26/2006 12:48 PM  
Blogger Nordette Adams wrote...

Thanks for leaving your insightful comment on my post about Baltimore's Pimp 'n Ho Ball. Enjoyed your post. I remember when that song won. Some "songs" just grate on the nerves, don't they? Hope you also got a look at "Tales from the Cracked Side." :-D Not my best writing, but you get the message.

5/30/2006 11:58 PM  
Blogger Annonymous wrote...

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
-Benjamin Disraeli

do you really belive those statistics? there is no way they got every pimp to talk about how they run their buisness. they probably interviewed the ones that got sent to jail for murders and shit. and that would make the statistics more inaccurate than it would seem possible. most of the pimps in the world, no one knows who they are but the women who they protect, cause if you didn't know if a man mistreats the prostitute, the pimp goes and beats the crap out of him. and most prostitutes (male or female) do the job because it pays well, really really well. a good prostitute can make over $300k a year.

6/30/2006 3:02 PM  
Blogger Annonymous wrote...

and it is hard out there for a Tobacco Company Executive and for a Smuggler of Undocumented Immigrant Workers if the tobacco companies were to be shut down there would be a kind of depression in the US cause the Tobacco industry is a multi billion dollar industry that employs tens of thousands of people. and if it want for undocumented imigrant workers the american economy would crumble. the farming industry would fall apart and food would rot in the fields. millions of people would starve and the prices of food woud sky rocket. and im not goona say sweat shops are good but think about this, almost all the fancy shoes that americans love so much are made by little kids in sweat shops that get paid horrible wages and imagine if the US were to stop trading with those companies. they would go bankrupt and all those little kids would starve on the streets of their crumbling cities that have no more income. if it wanst for the people that do the jobs where they are contantly ridiculed and somtimes murdered for the way they run their buisness the worlds economy would crumble. tons of people would lose their jobs and the only way they have to pay for food and shelter and all because of pig headed liberals who dont want to let them do what they have to do to survive in the world they live in. most people do what they can do best and rely on that to provide for themselves and their family. so i'm tired of all you bleeding heart liberals and the way you think you would be doing the world good by shutting down corrupt buisnesses.

6/30/2006 4:02 PM  
Blogger scamp wrote...

Have any of you really taken the time to watch the movie or read the lyrics with an open mind? It is clear that you haven't. Generally I'm not a fan of rap music because it can be degrading. HOWEVER, the actual message, when not distorted, talks about a man who is a pimp, a poor man in a life that he is unhappy with. He wants to change and does just that. THE SONG isn't about beating prostitutes or women, but this man trying to make his own life better. He EVEN helps the prostitutes living with him and lets them share in his dream. Whether you like it or not this is a story of a man getting ahead in life and opening more opportunities for the people around him. Well, I remember how terrible it is to have a dream, his is rapping and not living a life where he is pimping out women. Now I should go spread your word to every child: Don't have dreams, stay where you are in life, and be intolerant of people you don't understand.

11/27/2006 8:23 PM  
Blogger < - Nick - > wrote...

shut the hell up

its a song

no one really cares about your opinion

its a song from a movie no less

open your eyes

suspend your disbelief

no ones gonna cry over your statistics

get over yourself

i mean, A for effort, but please, leave it to yourself

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Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

If there was some legality involved then the abuse of women could stop. Men and Women are always going to need some sort of physical satisfaction outside of a relationship. It's been unavoidable since the beginning of human civilisation, we should just make it safe and regulated. Until then i'll be indulging in dating for London professionals in an attempt to find the right person =)

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