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Study: Sexy music triggers teen sex
CNN ^ | August 7, 2006 | Staff

Posted on 08/10/2006 1:08:49 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- Teens whose iPods are full of music with raunchy, sexual lyrics start having sex sooner than those who prefer other songs, a study found.

Whether it's hip-hop, rap, pop or rock, much of popular music aimed at teens contains sexual overtones. Its influence on their behavior appears to depend on how the sex is portrayed, researchers found.

Songs depicting men as "sex-driven studs," women as sex objects and with explicit references to sex acts are more likely to trigger early sexual behavior than those where sexual references are more veiled and relationships appear more committed, the study found.

Teens who said they listened to lots of music with degrading sexual messages were almost twice as likely to start having intercourse or other sexual activities within the following two years as were teens who listened to little or no sexually degrading music.

Among heavy listeners, 51 percent started having sex within two years, versus 29 percent of those who said they listened to little or no sexually degrading music.

Exposure to lots of sexually degrading music "gives them a specific message about sex," said lead author Steven Martino, a researcher for Rand Corp. in Pittsburgh. Boys learn they should be relentless in pursuit of women and girls learn to view themselves as sex objects, he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: 2obvious4words; badlyrics; morality; music; rap; sex; teenagers; teens; tippergore
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They needed a study to find this out? And who is to say the people who had much looser morals (IE, more casual attitudes about sex, less of a standard for morality, etc.) would choose such music just as they would later choose to give away their virginity?
1 posted on 08/10/2006 1:08:50 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger
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It works pretty good on adults too.


2 posted on 08/10/2006 1:10:29 PM PDT by mistybella
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To: DaveLoneRanger
As you say - causal relationships can work both ways.
3 posted on 08/10/2006 1:10:44 PM PDT by vimto (Blighty Awaken!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

In a related story, listening to Dan Fogelberg turns men into p*ssies.


4 posted on 08/10/2006 1:11:36 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: DaveLoneRanger


5 posted on 08/10/2006 1:11:53 PM PDT by pookie18 ([Hillary Rotten] Clinton Happens...as does Dr. Demento Dean, Bela Pelosi & Benedick Durbin!!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Garbage in, garbage out.

What you feed your brain determines your actions.


6 posted on 08/10/2006 1:12:48 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: DaveLoneRanger

In other news....the sun will rise in the east tomorrow.


7 posted on 08/10/2006 1:13:16 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: DaveLoneRanger

This is BS. Take it from someone who has raised children. It's raging hormones and curiosity. Music has nothing to do with it.


8 posted on 08/10/2006 1:13:19 PM PDT by Shaun_MD (Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teaches my fingers to fight, and my hands to war.)
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To: dfwgator
Niel Sadaka's music destroys testosterone.
9 posted on 08/10/2006 1:13:29 PM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

marvin gaye and his ilk knew this decades ago.


10 posted on 08/10/2006 1:13:43 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (let's all toast islam.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I have been looking into this for sometime. I don't think it's just the lyrics either. Think of all those cheesy type of love songs that men laugh at, but pretend to like because they get women in the mood. I even admit that the lyrics may be silly, but something about the music....


11 posted on 08/10/2006 1:14:30 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: Shaun_MD

"This is BS. Take it from someone who has raised children. It's raging hormones and curiosity. Music has nothing to do with it."

Take it from someone who was once a teenager, I agree with you.


12 posted on 08/10/2006 1:14:42 PM PDT by brownsfan (It's not a war on terror... it's a war with islam.)
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Listening to sexy music makes teenagers get laid?

So THAT'S what I was doing wrong in high school...I listened to metal...


13 posted on 08/10/2006 1:15:34 PM PDT by RockinRight (She rocks my world, and I rock her world.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

It would seem to me, if kids are listening to that type of music, and the parents are letting them, that the parents either don't give a care about what influences their kids or what direction their kids are going in, and/or they aren't talking to them and teaching them very good morales and values and thereby making it easier for these kids to act out and do foolish, irresponsible things (i.e., have sex, etc).

When these types of "studies" pop up, I tend to look toward the parenting (or lack of therein).


14 posted on 08/10/2006 1:15:45 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (Ask not what the government can do for you. Ask why it doesn't.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Sterilize them... force'm to listen to an hour of Slim Whitman.


15 posted on 08/10/2006 1:16:18 PM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: Shaun_MD

I think it is backwards. I think kids that are more likely to have sex are more likely to enjoy that kind of music.


16 posted on 08/10/2006 1:16:22 PM PDT by Ingtar (Prensa dos para el inglés)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Man, am I in the wrong business! I need to be turning out studies like this one.


17 posted on 08/10/2006 1:16:34 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by fleeing the scene of an accident)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Ooooh, that evils Elvis Presley and his hips must be outlawed NOW!!


18 posted on 08/10/2006 1:16:40 PM PDT by Toby06 (True conservatives vote based on their values, not for parties.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I knew this very well when I was 18 and a senior and high school.


19 posted on 08/10/2006 1:17:02 PM PDT by Halls (One Proud Texas Momma!!)
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To: HEY4QDEMS

Neil Sedaka was an advocate of teen marriage as evidenced by Calender Girl's lyrics-
"March,I'm going to march you down the aisle...
June,I'm going to take you to the Junior Prom"

Most Juniors are around 16 years old.
Case closed.


20 posted on 08/10/2006 1:17:34 PM PDT by Riverman94610
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