It is a disturbing report in more ways than one. In an article in the journal Pediatrics, teens who regularly listen to songs that deal with graphic sexual images are more likely to have sex within two years than those who don’t. According to the researchers, the major problem appears to be the fact that women are often portrayed as sex objects…objects without a personality or value. Men are also presented as aggressive conquerors out there to have sex. Although many of the teens in the study were able to recognize the fact these stereotypes are not good, it appeared to have little effect on the onset of sexual activity. Those who argue with the study say other factors like self-image and parental communication can play a valuable role. But it is clear that music does tend to have a role in how we view health and the way we’re dealing with things.
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