Chickenhead (sexuality)

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"Chickenhead" is a derogatory American English slang term that can refer either to a "dumb female"[1] or, derisively, to someone who performs fellatio.[2]

Etymology[edit]

The term originated in African-American sexual slang and gained popularity through use in hip-hop, notably the 1996 skit "Chickenhead Convention" on the album Muddy Waters by Redman.

History[edit]

The term "chickenhead" has been mentioned in the context of misogyny in hip hop culture. Ronald Weitzer and Charis Kubrin note that "A favorite rap term is 'chickenhead,' which reduces a woman to a bobbing head giving oral sex."[2] Bakari Kitwana argues that many rappers refer to women, black women in particular, as "bitches, gold diggers, hoes, hoodrats, chickenheads, pigeons, and so on."[3] Johnnetta B. Cole argues that hip hop's tradition to refer to black women in such terms disrespects and vilifies them.[4]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Morgan, Joan (1999). When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: My Life as A Hip Hop Feminist. New York: Simon and Schuster ISBN 978-0-684-82262-4
  • Chilla Bulbeck. Young feminist voices on the future of feminism. Sociological Sites/Sights, TASA 2000 Conference. Adelaide: Flinders University, December 6-8
  • Kimberly Springer. Third Wave Black Feminism? Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, volume 27 (2002), pages 1059–1082
  • Carla Massey (1996). Body-Smarts: An Adolescent Girl Thinking, Talking, and Mattering. Gender and Psychoanalysis, 1:75-102
  • Dionne P. Stephens and Layli D. Phillips. Freaks, Gold Diggers, Divas, and Dykes: The Sociohistorical Development of Adolescent African American Women's Sexual Scripts. Sexuality & Culture. Volume 7, Number 1 / January 01, 2003

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richardson, Elaine B. Hiphop literacies. London; New York: Routledge, 2006, ISBN 978-0-415-32928-6, p. 42.
  2. ^ a b Weitzer, Ronald and Charis E. Kubrin (2009). "Misogyny in Rap Music: A Content Analysis of Prevalence and Meanings". Men and Masculinities, 12 (1): 3-29. doi:10.1177/1097184X08327696
  3. ^ Kitwana, Bakari. The Hip Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture. New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2002, ISBN 978-0-465-02978-5, p. 87.
  4. ^ Cole, Johnnetta B. "What hip-hop has done to Black women". Ebony, March 2007.