Rape Culture in Music: Lyrics that Provide a Step-by-step Guide to Sexual Assault


The evolution of gender relations has brought women to the forefront of social functions. However, these roles have come with a price as women have often been labeled by society as nothing more than sexual objects for the taking regardless of their profession, and especially in public forums. This research seeks to impose upon the reader the gravity of the sexualization and objectification of women through the analysis of contemporary music laden by rape. The author argues that the lyrics analyzed are part of a larger issue, that of rape culture; and that their existence allows for the proliferation and validation of such a culture. Through a lyric-by-lyric analysis, this research finds that instances of sexual violence in music are dangerous due to their possible applicability, as the verses of these songs provide a step-by-step guide to rape.

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Antonella Regueiro Fernandez, Nova Southeastern University, US

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Conference: NACMFCS2014
Stream: Cultural Studies - Gender studies / Feminist Theory

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