Lauryn Hills well known song 'Doo Wop' also known as 'That thing' talks about the unhealthy contact and relationships between men and women in this generation. "Girls you know you better watch out some guys are only about that thing". That thing that she mentions is sex. "When you give it up so easy, you aint even foolin’ him. If you did it then, then you'd probably f*** again". She expresses the fact that too often women make it easy for men to selfishly use women for personal pleaure when they feel. Within the song she also expressed how women change themselves in order to follow the preferences applied by and for men. "It's silly when girls sell their souls because it's in. Look at where you be in, hair weaves like Europeans. Fake nails done by Koreans". Modifications (such as fake nails, weaves, etc.) that are from multiple backgrounds being seen as ‘in’ or ‘trendy’ by many. Yet, the appreciation those of African descent have for African culture is absent.
"A poem about my rights" exploits the colorblindness of sexism. The narrator is a woman who's explaining the drawbacks of being a black woman and how they get mistreated and oppressed. "France they say if the guy penetrates but does not ejaculate then he did not rape me I consented and there was no rape because finally you understand finally they fucked me over because I was wrong I was wrong again to be me being me where I was/wrong to be who I am which is exactly like South Africa". Using rape as an example, how rape is seen as a woman's fault to provoke one to commit the action. An action of which is done by whites and blacks as she uses Frances to represent whites and South Africa to represent blacks. In other words Men to woman oppression is very versatile, even black men mistreat their women.
This short story written by Jamaica Kincaid, expresses the responsibilities, expectations, and harsh assumptions that are placed on girls. Even young, we are given orders that we mustn't contradict. As well as orders and standards on how we carry ourselves. In this 'conversational structured' passage, Kincaid writes, "always eat your food in such a way that it won’t turn someone else’s stomach; on Sundays try to walk like a lady and not like the slut you are so bent on becoming;" Due to the context of the story, a girl is being told what and what not to do as well as she is being called a future slut. Which exemplifies the orders and assumptions that we may hear often as girls and women.