I was listening to the radio the other day, which I rarely do,
because no matter how much you like a song, you hate it when it is played every seven minutes and twenty-three seconds, and I heard this song that was jammin! I turned the radio up, and started to groove, not so much listening to the lyrics, and then I heard the hook…I don’t wanna be loved, I don’t wanna be love, I just want a quickie….I found myself reminding myself to close my mouth. I’m so disturbed because I can only imagine that this song is considered a contemporary “slow jam”….Someone’s lil girl is being seduced by some boy passionately suggesting that she be his quickie buddy, and that being able to separate feelings from sex is a sign of maturity. I would venture to say that in previous generations there were definitely girls who went for this, or felt empowered by being able to have meaningless sex, but it seems that this girl is quickly becoming the rule, not the exception? Is that acceptable? Perhaps this evolution isn’t an issue at all. Where should young people learn about romance, and what they should expect from a mature romantic relationship? Where did we learn this?
Is there anything on the airwaves for popular urban music that is giving this generation even the semblance of heterosexual romance or love? Anything on these types of stations that might tell a young girl that when she grows up a young man will come along that she will fall in love with, who will show her that he loves her and wants to be with her and spend the rest of his life loving her? Ok, well how about a song that will tell her that she has value beyond her sex appeal, sexual skills? As I continued listening I found that the station was dominated with explicit sexual messages about the male prowess, ability to make a young lady wet the bed, make her legs shake, describing women as accessories, bros before hoes (super homo)mentality or “empowered” women spewing aggression and claims of finding pleasure in the use of whips and chains in sex. There were very few exceptions. Of course, the line up has to be no more than about 15 songs repeated throughout the day. Recognizing that the listening demographic is likely 13-25 I have to ask what kind of character development this supports. While I’m sure we can all agree that there is definitely a sector of parents that cannot be relied on to shape their child’s development along these lines, so is there a responsibility of artists to consider the messages they are sending? Could part of the responsibility fall on the stations that air the music? Or, am I just showing my age by even seeing an issue? idk. let’s go!
oh yeah, guess who’s bizzack.
I shouldn’t a left you, without a dope beat to step to!