Palestinian Hip-Hop Group DAM Has a Message for the Patriarchy
“Who Are You?” is a pointed critique of both everyday gender inequality and fairweather “make believe” feminists.
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For the rappers that make up DAM, “make believe,” fair-weather feminism can be just as troubling as the gender inequality they see on a regular basis.
This past week the Palestinian hip-hop trio released their latest single “Who Are You?/مين انت” with sights set uncompromisingly on the gender stereotypes and double standards faced by women in their community. MC’s Tamer and Suheil Nafar, Mahmood Jreiri, and singer Maysa Daw (the group’s most recent–and sole female–member) penned the song as part of a partnership program with the United Nations Population Fund, reports Middle East-focused newssite+972.
As Daw explained to Local Call, +972’s Hebrew-language sister site:
"I’m very proud of both the song and the video. I think it is an honest attempt at criticizing our society. Men try to stereotype women all the time, and I just want to ask which stereotypes define men, if any?"
"We speak out against our own oppressive society, of course, but I believe it is just as important to criticize the hypocritical part of our society, which likes to play ‘make believe feminism’ from time to time.”