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GENDER ROLES IN MUSIC
Transcript of GENDER ROLES IN MUSIC
- Despite the traditional belief that men should carry themselves in a more masculin manner, their lyrics portrayed their emotional side.
- Although men expressing their feelings was seen as peculiar, it was accepted in music.
- Their lyrics contrasted their gender role. 1970's - Women made a breakthrough and became more prominent in the music idustry.
- As the trend grew for men to be more emotional through music, women follow similar footsteps in terms of breaking social norms.
- While women were seen as senstitive and dependant, they began to expressed themselves as more independant and dominant individuals. 1980's - The trend of re-defining your role in society faded, as the role of being independent and dependent combinbed.
- Supporting the newest trend, "The Power of Love" grew popular as the lyrics qualified for either a man or woman.
- Bands of combined sex were on the rise. 1990's 2000's - Both women and men felt it was necessary to veer away from their stereotype, but by the 90s, their stereotypicial roles became more prominant.
- Although the 80s contained combined sex bands, the 90s supported same sex bands. - Although sexual connotations in lyrics began in the 90s, the trend sky rocket in the 2000s
- Lyrics contained sexual refferences; these songs were mostly sung by men
- Inserting when a female voice in such songs became popular yet they often appeared for just a short time as vocalists
- Rap gained a larger popularity as it contained the most sexual content Musical Genre Number of songs per album(s) % of songs with sexual content % of songs with degrading sexual content
Hard Rock 12 50 0
Alternative Rock 26 33 0
Rap-Rock 25 127 88
Rap 43 141 129
Rap-Metal 14 21 14
R & B 12 42 17
Country 25 8 0
Teen Pop 50 121 0 HARVARD STUDY
518 videos on the four most popular music video networks in the U.S Violence occured in 14.8% of videos Black people were portrayed as aggressors in 25 per cent of the violent videos (95 per cent were men) 47 per cent of the victims in the music videos were white women 85 per cent of the aggressors in the violent videos were portrayed as attractive role models Steven A. Seidman:
An Investigation of Sex-Role Stereotyping in Music-Videos
Random sample of 182 MTV music videos MALES FEMALES adventuresome domineering aggressive violent victimized affectionate dependant
nurturing fearful dressed seductively Structural Materialism
-Lyrics contain the things that our society finds as having value i.e. money, love, sex, fame.
-Role playing sky rocketed in the 2000s as they represented the "dream" for many. Behaviouralism -Lyrics, and even the sound of music effects the way we behave and react.
-Those who listen to music with a lot of sexual reference: 51 percent started having sex within two years.
-Girls who watch more than 14 hours of music videos are more likely to engage in unsafe sex with multiple partners.
-Men watching rock or rap music video clips including texts using rough violence and direct sexual messages presented increased levels of testosterone, aggressiveness and misogynistic reactions. Feminism - Females have been generalized as listening to "tender" music, yet; in reality, many females partake in the listening of a variety of genres.
- Males on the other hand stick to listening to artists of the same sex. Real-Life People feel they need to reach the standards that artists set in their lyrics of their songs, based on men and women.
Most lyrics portray the way women should look like or act, and same with men.
Just like the Media, the Music world makes people feel they need to live up to the requirements of what is sang or rapped.