To test them, we’re going to focus on both the lyrics and the imagery.
The lyrics are important, but they only tell us half the story.
There’s a widespread misconception in media that drama = passion and possessiveness = caring, and while those ideas may look romantic on the big screen, in the real world they are anything but.In honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, we’ve decided to dissect some media and put it to the test. Below are the music videos for three chart-toppers from 2014.Most people don’t even flinch when they hear this imagery because violence in our society can be easy to identify with, especially violence in intimate partner relationships.Repeated exposure to violence, either in one’s personal life or through the media, can serve to desensitize and normalize violence.The lyrics depict an unhealthy, violent relationship moving in a clear cycle.
Thousands of articles were written about the song, its video, and the artists involved, many of which asked questions like: “Is the song glorifying domestic violence? ” Ultimately, most articles left it up to its readers to decide the answers.The Pixel Project is celebrating 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Violence with a selection of 16 Songs About Violence Against Women (and Staying Strong and Positive).The selection of songs emphasize women being empowered.Every music video is full of unspoken messages in the ways that the characters look and behave, and sometimes those pictures are worth a thousand words.Imagery: There are several shots that suggest that the main character in the video (Adam Levine) is following a woman, watching her and photographing her without her knowledge.For over 27 years David has worked in efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault.