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« on: Mar 05, 2009 10:43 AM »

Asalaamu Alaikum  bro

This goes back to the desensitisation issue we were talking about in respect of Facebook.

PARIS (AFP) – Can listening to sexually aggressive lyrics prompt teenagers to have sex at an earlier age?

That's the issue raised by a new study, and it could unleash a fierce debate over whether a teen's music player is potentially risky and -- if so -- what should or can be done about it.

In an unusual piece of research, investigators at the University of Pittsburgh graded the sexual aggressiveness of lyrics, using songs by popular artists on the US Billboard chart.

The lyrics were graded from the least to the most sexually degrading.

They then asked 711 students aged 15 to 16 at three local high schools about their music preferences and their sexual behaviour.

Overall, 31 percent of the teens had had intercourse.

But the rate was only 20.6 percent among those who had been least exposed to sexually degrading lyrics but 44.6 percent among those highly exposed to the most degrading lyrics.

The study's lead author, Brian Primack, said music by itself was not the direct spark for sex but helped mould perception and was thus "likely to be a factor" in sexual development.

"These lyrics frequently portray aggressive males subduing submissive females, which may lead adolescents to incorporate this 'script' for sexual experience into their world view," he told AFP.

The study took social factors, educational attainment and ethnicity into account.

"Non-degrading" lyrics described sex in a non-specific way and as a mutually consensual act, while "degrading" lyrics described sexual acts as a purely physical, graphic and dominant act.

"Lyrics describing degrading sex tend to portray sex as expected, direct and uncomplicated," said the paper, which appeared last week in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

"Such descriptions may offer scripts that adolescents feel compelled to play out, whether they are cast in the role of either the female or the male partner."
Steven Martino, author of a study published in 2000 that also made the same association between music and sexual behaviour, said the findings were a wakeup call.

"The need [is] for parents to be aware so that they can place limits and criticise and understand what their children are listening to," said Martino, a behavioural scientist in Pittsburgh with the Rand Corporation.

More than 750,000 American teenagers become pregnant each year, giving the United States one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancies in the rich world, according to figures quoted in the study. Nearly a quarter of all female teenagers in the United States have a sexually-transmitted disease.

Nearly a quarter of a century ago, lyrics by Prince on his album "Purple Rain" prompted wives of senior politicians in Washington, led by Tipper Gore, to set up the Parents Music Resource Center.

They pushed for the music industry to develop guidelines and a rating system for lyrics, similar to the ratings for movies. The system was criticised by many as unworkable and counter-productive, making it more daring for teens to buy songs they deemed taboo.

"Government needs to help parents to regulate the industry," said Helen Ward, president of the Kids First Parents Association of Canada.

Today's technology means it is "physically impossible" for parents to monitor what their children listened to or watched on their MP3, she said.

But Raymond MacDonald, a specialist in music psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University, described it as "a perennial debate that cropped up with artists like Frankie Goes to Hollywood, the Sex Pistols and Elvis Presley before that."

"Do we really need a solution to the problem?", he asked.

MacDonald said that even if every generation rehashes the discussion differently, there's an important difference today: age lines have blurred and now everyone is listening to everything.

"Maybe we should do a study to see if the music has as a bad influence on grandparents," he said wryly.

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« Reply #1 on: Mar 05, 2009 01:14 PM »

I never thought much about it when i was in my teens and twenties. I would have refuted this article back then. Looking back I can see some direct correlations.
Becoming a Muslim (at the level i am now) was a very gradual up climb for me. Being raised in this society you become desensitised to the 'filth' all around you.

The best barometer for me was when i had Ali. All of a sudden you are super aware of your environment. I can't tell you how many Cd's I stopped listening to and shows I stopped watching.  Previously it was just music noise and i did not pay religious attention to the words.

What a shock it is to listen to some of that stuff with a child's old ears and sponge like brain.

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« Reply #2 on: Mar 06, 2009 04:59 PM »

Explicit song lyrics are not limited to the English language - have you heard ... umm....I mean, did you know songs in other languages are getting just as bad if not worse as their languages have deeper meaning even if your not saying things "explicitly" !! Shocked

Arabic songs seem nice when you start running out of nasheeds...   until you realize every other word is ... Habibi or something like that!! Shocked Or the degeneration of Urdu and Hindi lyrics to something that is now borderline disgusting...umm... all we can do now is tune into the all news radio stations!!

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