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Sexism in Song

Sexism in Song

First we need to define the word sexism. From various dictionary sources I can summarize by saying that broadly it means to stereotype by gender or gender roles. It is also used in the context of describing misogyny, dislike and hatred toward women.
Regardless of gender, there's the old saying about "sex, drugs and rock and roll" that is sort of an expectation in the music world, but the extremes in that behaviour have their consequences. That aside, from what I have garnered, over time songs have reflected varying degrees of sexism, mostly towards women. Upon reflection, lots of older songs contain lyrics that range from the dismissive insult or subtle discrimination all the way to more hateful attitudes toward women. In 1970, songs like Todd Rundgren's "We Got to Get You a Woman'" got a pass for lines like 'They may be stupid but they sure are fun' or Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime" with 'If her daddy's ric…