by Josh Webb
While driving in my car and bobbing my head to the synth-pop beats of mainstream music on the radio, I came to a saddening realization: every song on the radio is about sex.
I was listening to Avril Lavigne’s new song, “What the Hell.” The overall message of this song is: “I don’t want a boyfriend anymore. I want to go crazy and sleep around.”
This probably isn’t the best message to give adolescent girls that look up to you as a role model. Unfortunately, Avril isn’t alone. Nearly every mainstream female artist on the radio is preaching the same message. Sex is not new to music, but it has never been more prevalent and blatant than it is today. Mainstream music consists of dancey beats that make you want to fist pump combined with catchy yet provocative lyrics that make you laugh a little on the inside. This new age of music is degrading to society and will only continue to get worse. More and more artists are finding fame in promiscuity. Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rhianna and Ke$ha are prime examples. Avril Lavigne reached the peak of her popularity near the middle of this past decade, when she was known for her rebellious yet cute style. Since that time she has been very quiet, while many thought she was pretty much done with her music career.
It seems as if Lavigne has sold out in order to get her voice back on the radio. Her aforementioned promiscuous pop song sounds very different from her old music and very much like everything else on the radio. The chorus yells, “All my life I’ve been good, but now, woah, I’m thinking, ‘What the hell?’ All I want is to mess around and I don’t really care about if you love me, if you hate me, you can’t save me, baby, baby.”
Artists are pushing the limits with their promiscuity, almost in competition to see who can get away with the most. More Averil lyrics: “You say that I’m messing with your head. Boy, I like messing in your bed. Yeah, I am messing with your head when I’m messing with you in bed.” It doesn’t take a genius to figure out the meaning.
Maybe Lavigne is just following the trend set by Pink, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez in the decade past. In a recent song by Pink, her lyrics read: “So raise your glass if you are wrong in all the right ways. All my underdogs, we will never be, never be anything but loud and nitty-gritty, dirty little freaks.” Enrique Iglesias’ new song “Tonight” had to be edited to: “Tonight I’m loving you” in order to make the radio – in his recording, “loving” starts with an F.
With so much exposure to promiscuity we become desensitized. This desensitization degrades our morals and pushes society down a slope that only seems to get steeper.