Top 5 Subtly Sexist Songs

Sexism isn’t cool, but often times it is masked by catchy lyrics, addictive beats and attractive singers. Though their songs are overplayed on the radio and might make a good cartune, their lyrics sexualize men and women, subjecting them only to sexual desires. Clean out your playlist, and get prepared to be aware of the top five sexist songs trending in pop culture.

1) Want you to Want Me – Jason Derulo

Pro-tip: if a song is by Jason Derulo, chances are, it’ll be sexist in nature. He doesn’t have the best reputation for empowering women to be more than sexual objects, as his song “Trumpets” made millions through the lyrics “Every time you get undressed/I hear symphonies in my head.” Derulo’s back, only this time with more objectifying lyrics like “I got your booty on my mind” and “there’s nothing I wouldn’t do/to get up next to you.” Yuck!

2) Dear Future Husband – Meghan Trainor

“Dear Future Husband” is the latest hit from the “All About That Bass” superstar Meghan Trainor. In the song, she creates a long list of expectations that the husband must fulfill, in order to gain her loyalty and love. Um, excuse me, but when did marriage become a barter system!? Cut guys some slack, and work on becoming the best definition of yourself before projecting expectations on others.

3) Animals – Maroon 5

Don’t get me wrong, I love Adam Levine, but “Animals” off his newest album, V, is an insult to all women. With lyrics like “hunt you down/eat you alive”, it demoralizes the value and worth of women. We are more than sexual objects, we are independent thinkers with hopes and ambitions that a man is not responsible for fulfilling. When songs glamorize women as sexual objects, they’re perpetuating justification towards domestic abuse, sexual abuse, and more. Not cool.

4) Good Girls – 5 Seconds of Summer

I received a lot of hate from fans when I wrote an open letter to 5 Seconds of Summer for their music video, but all it takes is one look to see underlying sexist themes. The music video begins by the MALE principal of an all-girls school saying, “Gentleman, welcome to our school. Your classical style of music will help soothe the girls here. We teach discipline, we teach girls how to sit up straight, how to stay silent, how to obey.”

I’m sorry, but this isn’t the nineteenth century anymore! You can still be an independent woman with no hidden motive to fall into traditional gender roles, working hard to excel above the sexist circumstances that music like this perpetuates.

5) Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke

Just watch the video. Enough said.

Not many things annoy me, but sexism in song lyrics sends my blood boiling. Did we miss one? Let us know in the comments below!

2 thoughts on “Top 5 Subtly Sexist Songs

  1. grace

    i would argue that ‘want you to want me’ is a feminist song. he’s giving the power to the woman in the relationship. he’s not saying “i want you” he’s saying “i want you to want me” so HER desire is the primary focus. “if you want, then girl you’ve got me” it’s all about what SHE wants and what he’s willing to do FOR her, not TO her. making her the subject instead of an object isn’t disempowering, it’s giving her the autonomy to make her own consensual sexual decisions with a loving partner.

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