15 Song Lyrics that Perpetuate Rape Culture

What is Rape Culture? It is an environment where sexual assault and abuse is normalized. These song lyrics normalize sexual assault and abuse. Many listeners listen to only the beat and rarely pay close attention to the lyrics.

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On Mar 27, 2018
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Blurred Lines-Robin Thicke

Some lyrics that stand out are, "Good girl/I know you want it." and "Now he was close/Tried to domesticate you/But you're an animal/Baby, it's in your nature/Just let me liberate you." The first line is problematic because it assumes that you can know what someone else wants, and this should never be the case in regards to sex- communication is key. The second line literally compares women to animals and that they can be trained by men-ew.

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Talk Dirty to Me-Jason Derulo

The problematic lyrics are, “Been around the world, don't speak the language / But your booty don't need explaining.” Derulo’s lyrics say that men don’t need to know the same language as the women they are having sexual relations, which is wrong.

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Love Game-Eminem

Eminem writes,“Snatch the b*tch out her car through the window, she screamin’ / I body slam her onto the cement, until the concrete gave and created a sinkhole / Bury this stink h* in it, then paid to have the street re-paved." Eminem enforces the negative stereotype that violence against women makes you more manly.

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Blame it on the alcohol- Jamie Foxx

One lyric in particular is clearly about rape, "I'm going to make you do what you've already said you're not going to do." If someone says, "No," it means no! Active consent is extremely important and if you are unclear about what your partner wants, you should not be doing the sexual acts.

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E.T.-Katy Perry

The problematic lines are, "Take me, t-t-take me/Wanna be a victim, ready for abduction." There is no other translation here, she wants to become a victim. This plays into victim blaming and contributes to the horrible statement, "she was asking for it."

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"Do What U Want" Lady Gaga

"Do what you want, what you want with my body." Lady Gaga's lyrics are troubling because it seems like she is giving permission for men to use her anyway they please. This becomes a script and men think that's how all women "want it."

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U.O.E.N.O. - Rocko, Rick Ross & Future

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"Put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it/I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain't even know it." Well these lyrics are pretty clear. They show the steps- 1.Drug a women 2. Take her home and 3. Rape her.

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Love in this club-Usher

"I know you scared baby, they don't know what we doin." No one should ever be scared with sexual encounters.

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Sensei-Chris Brown

The disturbing lines are, "Let me bend that ass over/Already know that I can read your mind." Reading minds? That's a no! How about ask me what I want? How about active consent?

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Animals-Maroon 5

"Baby I'm preying on you tonight/Hunt you down eat you alive," and "Maybe you think that you can hide." This song like many others, compares women to animals. This song is about stalking and treating women like "prey" or "victims."

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The Fix-Jeremih

"When you need that fix, yeah, that medicine/I know you like it like this." Why is it that men assume women need to be fixed, and that they're the ones to do it? Also how do you KNOW she likes it? I hope you asked.

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What do you mean?-Justin Bieber

"When you nod your head yes/But you wanna say no." Listen to your partner. Do not ever pressure someone to do sexual acts with you.

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Sex you Back to Sleep- Chris Brown

"Just let me rock/f*ck you back to sleep girl/don't say a word no/girl don't you talk." Chris Brown does not want his sexual partner to speak, just lie back and take it. Very problematic because this also shows the idea that women are only here for men's pleasure.

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Birthday Sex-Jeremih

"Just let me rock/f*ck you back to sleep girl/don't say a word no/girl don't you talk." Men are not entitled to sex- even if it is their birthday! Jeremih also wants his women to not speak during sex which perpetuates rape culture.

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Crash-Dave Matthews Band

"Hike up your skirt a little more/and show the world to me," and "Oh I watch you there through the window/And I stare at you/You wear nothing." The first lyric is ensuing that what women wear is solely for men's pleasure- male gaze. The second lyric normalizes stalking.

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