I’ve always despised the sexist lyrics of Simon & Garfunkel’s Homeward Bound, which includes the despicable lines:
Home where my love lies waiting
Silently for me.
What a great role for a woman: to lie in bed silently until her man, who’s out on the road seeking public adoration, bestows his presence once again upon her. Is she allowed to eat during her bed-waiting time? Is she allowed to speak once he has returned? We may never know. But it got me thinking:
Are Rock Lyrics Generally Sexist? Here’s an easy way to find out: Reverse the pronouns! Let’s try it with a few popular songs from throughout the decades:
- From the hit Elvis song, Baby, Let’s Play House:
(This song reached #5 on Billboard’s Country Singles chart in 1955)
Well, you may go to college,
You may go to school.
You may have a pink cadillac,
But don’t you be nobody’s fool…
Now listen to me, baby
Try to understand.
I’d rather see you dead, little boy,
Than to be with another woman.
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