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Young Ears are Listening: Gender, Body Image, and Top 40 Music

Yesterday, I was in the passenger seat of my roommate’s car. We were guiltily enjoying some Top 40 in the background as we enjoyed the gorgeous scenery, when suddenly we were accosted by these lyrics:

“Can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby
Let me know
Girl I’m gonna show you how to do it
And we start real slow
You just put your lips together
And you come real close
Can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby
Here we go” (Whistle, by Flo Rida)

So, not exactly what I want to hear on my car ride. Or, um, ever. Not to mention that it took us a good minute to even hear the lyrics. The song has a repetitive “whistle” riff that makes it sound like children’s music. Continue Reading →

10 Love Songs to Fall in Love By

To follow up on the 10 sad love songs post I recently put together, I thought it only fair to assemble 10 love songs that may inspire happiness and joy in your heart of hearts – perhaps especially if you’re in the midst of falling in love. Of course, happiness and certain love songs aren’t always good for the long haul. Often, love songs become happy and magical when you’re in love, or falling in love, with a particular person. They become part of a soundtrack of your relationship. Every time you hear the song, you think about how you’re falling in love or how happy you feel with that person. Continue Reading →

10 Sad Love Songs to Mope, Cry, Break Up or Lick Your Wounds To

Some people like to run or work out to upbeat, happy songs. Me? I prefer to work out to sad and/or meditative songs. And while happy songs have a place in my road trip playlists, one of my best friends and my partner both independently pointed out to me that I play an unusual number of sad songs while driving. To appease them, I choose happier songs in their presence. Continue Reading →