The song I am choosing as my final DJ mix table is the song Testify by Common. In this song, we see a clear idea of gender norms/ privilege and how they’re portrayed in our society. The man in the story is accused of a double homicide, and is being charged with that plus gun possession. An “anonymous tip” set him up. While this trial is going on, the wife is on the other end, crying and pleading that the man should not be taken away from her. She pleads to let him go and listen to what she has to say.

“Before you lock my love away,
Before you lock my love away,
Before you lock my love away,
Before you lock my love away,
Please let me testify.”

What the jury and judge didn’t know however, is that it was actually the woman who committed the crimes! It turned out she sent the anonymous tip and set her husband up. Once the man pleaded guilty on all charges, the woman first reacted by weeping uncontrollably to then slapping on a big smile and laughing her way out of the courtroom. The whole time, she put on a fake act to eliminate any sort of suspicion on her. By acting like a “woman” she was able to get away with her crimes because of how “sweet and vulnerable” she might have looked and because of that she was able to take advantage if it and frame a man because of how “violent and dangerous” men are. Our society usually views woman as weak, or not as tough when it comes to murder or drugs so in contrast, we place those on males which no matter who has what privilege/role, it is simply not fair or right. When the police come into a home that is suspected to house drugs and such, the man would most likely be the one blamed and accused first before the woman, who can easily act like she had no idea and get away freely. This story shows how these gender norms/privileges can be taken full advantage of and In some cases, be used to incarcerate an innocent man or woman.

This also reminds me of a scene from the movie The Dark Knight Rises where Catwoman is involved in a shooting but as soon as the cops arrive, she plays dumb and beings to cry so the police see a crying, helpless woman instead of the real culprit. Both of these scenes give a great insight on how these gender privileges can benefit someone, yet destroy someone else.

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