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Women reduced to sex toys in dancehall lyrics

Friday, January 11, 2019

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Dear Editor,

'The Writer' of the letter entitled 'Clean up dirty music' in the Jamaica Observer published on January 9, 2019 was right on the money and took the words right out of my mouth.

I needed to disengage from the mundane and slow 'livity' for awhile. But on re-entering the public space, I was shocked! I practically became a walking vagina — no longer a female, woman or human being. I became a musical sex toy, in the name of dancehall. The so-called songs played openly are a disgraceful expression of what is labelled 'culture'.

With many murder-suicides last year, plus the unspoken expectations men have of females generally, lyrics about a woman (gyal) bending over or otherwise “skinning out” to viciously receive a man's penis only 'down-press' di ting.

I am not attributing dancehall music to those unfortunate deaths of the involved. However, what is going to happen when the 'yutes' who “nah mad ova no gyal” find that the same women “nah mad ova” them either?

What will be the 'meds' of the future? Our girls, whose value is equated to what she allows in bed, and boys who've become the hyped '“up top boss” because of sexual prowess?

There is no entertainment in these songs. They are typical of poor imagination, and have wanton and wild lyrics trying to make private fantasies come true and drop us flat on our faces outside of Jamaica.

The frequent calls for raw dancehall to know its place always falls on sexually explicit filled ears. Nobody should be forced to hear about anything being brutishly shoved down a woman's throat or '“how the bwoy baaaad” when he does that. Simply uncouth!

The Writer states, “If this is the kind of music that is in demand and represents Jamaican culture, then listeners and 'sex-tertainers' need to re-evaluate their tastes in music.” Any culture with such lewd, disrespectful and distasteful expressions about its females — thinking everyone likes it — should expect repercussions.

Colette Campbell

rastarjamaica@yahoo.com


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