or is this just wrong?"
It's not a battle of the bands. My goal is to spark
discussion about the lyrics of certain songs and
the images presented in popular music videos.
Janie Junebug at WOMEN: WE'RE GONNA
KICK BUTT AND TAKE NAMES! reminded
me about an early 60s record that
serves as an ideal starting point.
(And it Felt Like a Kiss)," a Carole King - Gerry Goffin
song recorded by Phil Spector's girl group, the Crystals,
drew protests on the grounds that it promoted domestic
violence against women. The record was quickly
banned by radio stations and failed to chart.
a free pass to bad boys (aka "rebels")
to smack their girlfriends around, osten-
sibly as a way of proving their true love.
GET A CLUE!
for debate. The record was rejected by the public
in 1962. It was wrong then and it's wrong today.
(Think Janie Junebug.)
pick the answer below that most closely
matches your opinion, or tell me in your
own words how you feel about what
you heard. Which song do you find
more offensive? Or don't you think
either one is offensive?
message to boys, girls, men and women
that controlling, dominating and hitting
are normal and acceptable in a relationship.
is good for business and sells records. For
decades, popular songs have endorsed the idea
that women are male possessions and should
be treated accordingly. By today's standards,
these songs are not only tame...they're lame!
Let's discuss it.