Letters to the Editor

Clean up dirty music!

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

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Dear Editor,

It has become commonplace for some music entertainers — particularly a very popular dancehall artiste who is surprisingly still freshly active in 2019 despite incarceration — to produce music wherein the lyrics are primarily about sexual activities.

I would like to know what is entertaining about lyrics describing a scenario of a woman (gyal) bending over, or otherwise “skinning out”, to viciously receive a man's penis. Also, I would like to know what is entertaining about lyrics depicting a woman using her mouth to lick and/or suck on a man's genitals that is being brutishly shoved down her throat. Some of these lyrics even go at lengths to describe the “wetness” and the elasticity of a woman's vagina or the 'stiffness' of her breasts, or the size of her rear, or even the length and size of the man's tool which he intends to use to wreak havoc upon the woman's anatomy. And speaking of anatomy, these lyrics oftentimes describe a woman's body parts being slapped, pumped up, torn up, kneaded like flour, and squeezed up like jelly. One has to wonder if these entertainers are referring to human beings.

If consenting adults do these acts behind their closed doors in private then good for them; their activities are of no concern to the public. However, if the imagery that is evoked after reading these statements makes readers uncomfortable, then it should, because these kinds of lyrics that are supposedly meant to be a form of entertainment and expression are pure slackness, and are not very far off from what sounds like men ferociously raping women, which is absolutely not a matter of entertainment.

Many fans of these music will make the claim that the lyrics are a part of the Jamaican culture. Therefore, am I to accept that a part of Jamaican culture is expressed through sexually explicit music? Still, other people will suggest that if one does not fancy such music then he/she should simply not listen to it. However, it is very difficult to avoid being bombarded with such filth whenever someone — typically an immature male — plays such music in public on his mobile device or stereo system without concern for passers-by.

If this is the kind of music that is in demand and represents Jamaica's culture, then listeners and entertainers need to re-evaluate their taste in entertainment. If the content of local music and music videos have reached their peak in their creativity where women are portrayed as sexualised meat, their bodies objectified for giving pleasure, and a man's prowess at [unrefined] sex is glorified, then there is a cause for concern.

The Writer

blackpencilpoint@gmail.com


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