Tuesday, January 7, 2014

My Child and His Choice in Music

The #1 song of 2013 was named “Blurred Lines”. With lyrics like “I know you want it but you're a good girl. The way you grab me, must wanna get nasty” and “you the hottest  b---- in this place”, it’s enough to make a mom want to take a hammer to all the iPods in the house.

According to Arbitron.com, 72 million people listen to Pop radio weekly, 30% of those being females between the ages of 12 and 18. That is 21.6 million teenage girls. So, how is it the most listened to and requested song of this past year, suggestively questioning sexual consent and possibly encouraging rape, was so popular?

It is easy to be appalled, of course, as a mother of a preteen daughter and a preteen and teen son. Granted, it does not seem that long ago I was a teenager listening to music on the radio that only now seems inappropriate. In my day it was Color Me Badd with lyrics like “let me take off all your clothes” and BBD’s “me and the crew used to do her”. However, in 2013 half of the top 10 songs of the year included strong sexual references whereas in 1990 only one top 10 song included sexually obvious lyrics.

What is our obligation to our children when it comes to music? What do we do as parents? Is giving them the freedom to make their own choices the right path to take and trust their judgment or should we be active in this part of their life and make the choices that are best for them when it comes to music?

There it is. Right there.


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