Music

Popular Songs You Never Realized Are Actually About Date Rape

Once you start noticing all of the songs that promote non-consensual sex, you can’t stop seeing or hearing them. There seem to be two or three songs about date rape released every year, and if you try to understand why this phenomena exists you’ll lose your mind and swear off pop music forever. Popular date rape songs are interwoven into the musical landscape, and they exist in every genre that’s played on the radio. Most of these songs conceal their rapey message with infectious grooves and baby talk lyrics, but once you begin to parse through the meaning it’s hard not to just punch the first man you see in the street.

The mainstream musical establishment’s treatment of women has... been less than stellar. Artists who have been straight-up horrible to women are continually lauded in the press, and validated with album sales. In some cases of rapey songs, it seems like the artist doesn’t even realize they’re normalizing something (in the worst way) millions of women face every day. The amount of music dedicated to singing about getting women drunk in order to sleep with them is staggering. Why do we reward artists for writing songs like this? There are no answers, no satisfaction to be gained be examining the rape tracks that follow. But, at least you'll be super frustrated with male culture in general by the time you're finished reading. And, you'll hopefully stop singing along when the song comes on your Weekly Discover playlist. Become part of the solution, y'all. 

Prepare to never look at these artists the same way again, as you read and listen to the songs you never noticed are about date rape. 

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