• Undressing the Words: Prevalence of Profanity, Misogyny, Violence, and Gender Role References in Popular Music from 2006-2016

    Author(s):
    CYNTHIA M. FRISBY ELIZABETH BEHM-MORAWITZ
    Editor(s):
    Jyotirmaya Patnaik (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Group(s):
    Communication Studies, Digital Humanists, Film-Philosophy, Film Studies, Television Studies
    Subject(s):
    Violence, Music, Communication, Journalism, Ethnicity
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Misogyny, body image, objectification, music lyrics, Gender
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/7y4w-jm88
    Abstract:
    Are degrading sexual references more prevalent than non-degrading references in music popular with adolescents? The purpose of this study was to perform a content analysis of contemporary popular music with particular attention paid to the prevalence of violent, misogynistic, profane, and/or demeaning colloquial references. Billboard magazine was used to identify the top popular songs appearing on top music charts from 2006 through 2016. Data show songs with justified violence themes were most commonly found in hip-hop music, whereas songs with unjustified message themes were most often found in Pop music. The present study suggests that pop and hip-hop/rap music, genres popular with most adolescents today, use frequent references involving profanity, violence, and misogynistic themes.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    1 year ago
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