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Country music is “toxic trash” with lyrics that only serve to “validate the fragile masculinity of a male-dominated industry” in a genre that “is an insipid soft-served white-centric suburban utopia that thrives on phoned-in mediocrity and lazy writing.”
That’s the argument a University of Louisiana at Lafayette student makes in an op-ed recently published in The Vermilion, the campus newspaper. In his column, George Clarke bemoans country music for having what he considers sexist lyrics while also lamenting that the genre is “ideologically rooted in the 1950s.”
From his column:
It’s easy to mock the lyrical content of the songs on country radio. Take a drink every time they sing about dirt roads, trucks, a river, blue jeans, cut-off jeans, girls in jeans, girls in trucks and girls as sexual objects there only to validate the fragile masculinity of a male-dominated industry that built an empire out of misogynistic, derivative, homogenized, bland and nationalistic shlock.
Song - Country - Radio - Checkpoints - Genre
Every song on country radio manages to hit all the checkpoints set for the genre, but most troubling is the way these male singers perpetuate the weird kind of farmer’s daughter, country girl fetish that hyper-sexualizes young women and equates their worth...
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