...and Kesha and Lady GaGa and so many others,
While I respect your talents as artists and performers, I ask that you consider the girls that listen to your songs. You are all young women and, whether you asked for this burden or not, you have influence over the girls listening to your music.
I'm not talking about small children. Their parents can choose to tune in to a more appropriate radio station. I'm talking about the young teens that listen to pop stations and watch You Tube clips on their laptops. I suppose I could still tell them they are not allowed to listen to Top 40 stations, but then I might as well go full Mennonite and I'm choosing to remain more mainstream than that at this time.
I can tell you that one of my worst parenting moments was driving a carful of young teen girls out to the movies one evening. Windows open, girls belting out lyrics along with the radio, everyone having a grand ol' time. Enter Katy Perry singing about Friday night. What could be better? Turn it up a notch.
"Mom? What's a menage-a-tois?"
It was all I could do to keep from driving off a bridge.
Switch the station.
"Can I get some Jack Daniel's toothpaste?"
Switch the station.
"What does sex smell like?"
Oh for God's sake.
Honestly, do you think at ALL about the girls that listen to your music, or is it only about making a buck? Do you think it's possible to still perform a racy, edy song without talking about being someone's love slave or getting some sick satisfaction out of being in an abusive relationship?
Witness: Just gonna stand there and watch me burn
But that's alright because I like the way it hurts
wanna be a victim, ready for abduction
I know you've probably heard the tired cliche that it takes a village to raise a child. And while I don't think anyone's asking you to raise their child, I don't think it's too much to ask that you think about what you're singing to them.
Help me to raise my girls into confident young women that do not think being the victim in a relationship is the norm or something to be glorified. Be a role model.
Help me to raise my sons to have an inkling of what women want. Be a teacher.
Have a little respect for yourselves, and maybe some of that will trickle on down to the young people listening to your music.
I hope that someday I can turn on the radio station with a carful of teenaged girls without cringing and then boring them with a post-song lecture.
I'll keep my fingers crossed.....
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