One thing that goes unnoticed in the music industry is the fact that a lot of the lyrics are aggressive towards females. This has become an increasing trend in many genres ranging from rap and even to country. Music videos show mainly derogatory images of women in little to no clothing and dancing around cars, tractors and, of course, men. As college students, we tend to ignore these things and believe that it is just a good beat.
We should take the time to consider what we are listening to and how this affects our society as a whole. With the #MeToo movement, there is a greater push towards recognizing the abuse that women receive in and out of the workplace. Shouldn’t that include the music we are listening to?
Here are some lyrics from popular songs:
“I have ’em like Miley Cyrus, clothes off. Twerking in their bras and thongs, timber. Face down, booty up, timber.” (Pitbull’s “Timber”)
“Baby, I’m preying on you tonight. Hunt you down, eat you alive. Just like animals, animals, like animals.” (Maroon 5’s “Animals”)
Even Taylor Swift makes the list: “She’s an actress, but she’s better known for the things that she does on the mattress.” (“Better Than Revenge”)
It is time to consider what you are listening to as more than just a good beat because this is what influences how the younger generations will view women. In the spirit of empowering women, VALLEY has created a playlist for when you need that pump-up music that doesn’t attack feminity.