Archive for August 7th, 2006

Devil’s Music

ø

CHICAGO — Teens whose iPods are full of music with
raunchy, sexual lyrics start having sex sooner than those who prefer
other songs, a study found.

Whether it’s hip-hop, rap, pop or rock, much of popular music aimed at
teens contains sexual overtones. Its influence on their behavior appears
to depend on how the sex is portrayed, researchers found.

Teens who said they listened to lots of music with
degrading sexual messages were almost twice as likely to start having
intercourse or other sexual activities within the following two years
as were teens who listened to little or no sexually degrading music.

from Channel 6 Orlando

Forget "It was twenty years ago today", it was fifty years
ago that the hinterland and the religious right was up in arms over
that "jungle music," rock and roll. There were serious movements
and legislative initiatives across the country to ban the devil’s music
since it clearly enflamed sexual passion, led to uncontrolled behavior,
drug use, teenage pregnancy and race mixing.

It gives us a warm sense of deja vu to hear all of
these arguments being dragged out of the closet again and run up the
flagpole again. We even have to, begrudgingly, mark down the ability
to inspire such moral
indignation
as a redeeming attribute for a genre (hip-hop) with little else to
recommend it.

Of course, the present-day protests will go exactly
nowhere, just like their antecedents half a century ago, and for the
very same reason. A whole bunch of cynical white businessmen have figured
out how to make millions off of teen tension and horme-fueled hatred.