Is music censorship needed? the effects of sexualised lyrics influencing young adults sexual attitudes and gender stereotypes

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Lynch, Shane
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The effects of censored versus uncensored sexually explicit music on young adults attitudes toward women , gender stereotype of men as sex driven and females as sex objects, and attitudes toward women and communion of relationships were examined. The experiment involved randomly assigning participants to one of four groups which contained either a sexualised lyrical song, a censored version of that song, the same artists and beat as last song but non sexual song, or the control group with no song. Significance was reported when the sexualised lyrics group were compared to the censored lyric group on the attitude that men are sex driven, Significance was also found between the control groups and sexualised lyric group on communion of relationships. Males and females did not differ significantly across these dependent variables. Although there was no continuous significant results between the groups on all the dependent variables, however the significant results on those few variables show that sexualised lyrics’ can indeed effect attitudinal change. Author keywords: Music, sexualised lyrics, sexual attitudes, sexual objects, music censorship, and gender stereotypes