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Chickenhead (sexuality)

"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]


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.


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]


  • 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


  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.

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