Songs and teen dating violence
As much as we love ‘em, a lot of our favorite movies, songs, video games, etc.
are failing miserably when it comes to depicting relationships in a realistic and healthy way.
The debate has begun: Is the song a treatise against (or apology for) domestic violence or an irresponsible glorification of it? And how to explain the role of Rihanna, who has said that she aims to help young people learn the lessons of her ordeal?
One thing is not in question: The song is a hit, sitting atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The lyrics depict an unhealthy, violent relationship moving in a clear cycle.
Thousands of articles were written about the song, its video, and the artists involved, many of which asked questions like: “Is the song glorifying domestic violence? ” Ultimately, most articles left it up to its readers to decide the answers.
What songs inspire you in efforts to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault? Lee, MPH, is the Director of Prevention Services at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault where he provides training and technical assistance on prevention.
David manages the national project Prevent Connect, an online community of violence against women prevention practitioners, funders, researchers and activists.
In honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, we’ve decided to dissect some media and put it to the test. Below are the music videos for three chart-toppers from 2014."But that's all right, because I like the way it hurts." Eminem makes it clear what the fire imagery's about."If she ever tries to [expletive] leave me again," he raps late in the song, "I'ma tie her to the bed and set this house on fire." In between, there's talk of love being wonderful, until it isn't.While it is true that the beat and rhythm of a song might be what hooks listeners, there is definite value in paying attention to what messages are being offered through the lyrics of a given song and what these messages might say about both the artists that produce the music and our society that consumes it.In an effort to make a statement about violent imagery towards women in popular music, some individuals make concerted efforts to boycott artists that utilize violent lyrics.