When we think about macho music, songs that attempt against the most basic principles of respect for equality, surely some examples of reggaeton or even those old songs that our grandmothers listened to. Or the controversy with the Four babys from Maluma. But rarely do we think of the music that we have always liked, that we have danced hundreds of times without stopping to think about the lyrics. Rock, pop, songwriters, even children's songs (terrifying that "Don Federico killed his wife" that accompanied more than one generation). And we don't talk about the patriarchal message that can hide much of the music romantic but of letters that make clear and resounding apology of violence against women. Songs that, we want to think, would have no place in today's society, but that we continue to listen to and whose authors are part of the Olympus of musical idols:
Chalk heart, from Radio Futura
"And if I see you again paint a chalk heart on the wall, I'm going to beat you up for writing my name inside". When a chorus is that blunt, little else can be added. Luckily, today it would be unthinkable that a threat of aggression this clear and direct to a woman would become a hit of pop, as happened with this song by Radio Futura in 1990.
I will kill her, of Loquillo and Troglodytes
If in Radio Futura we are scared of a threat of thrashing in the chorus, in I will kill her, of Loquillo and Troglodytes, we go directly to talk about murder already from the same title. "That he never finds her or I know that I will kill her. Please, I just want to kill her, at the point of a razor, kissing her once more". Effectively, very troglodyte. And an apology of gender violence that should blush its authors.
Caught in the elevator, from a penguin in my elevator
A penguin in my elevator was one of those groups from the 80's Movement, whose catchy and danceable rhythms perhaps made the lyrics go unnoticed. Or that we frivolize with its transcendence. In the case of Caught in the elevator, the theme of the song is the planning of a violation from which the victim cannot escape. "I, who put all my illusion in this violation" It is the final phrase of a song that, today, puts a chill in our body.
One of twofrom Aute
Even the singer-songwriters do not get rid of the current analysis of the sexist message that some songs transmit. Luis Eduardo Aute wrote in 1984 One of two, a theme that included pearls how "One of two: either I take this woman or I exchange it for two of fifteen, if it can be". Where to start Reification of women and a point of pedophilia, in just over twenty words.
I'm going to kill you today, of Total Loss
The political correctness has never been precisely the hallmark of Total Sinister, but the letter of I'm going to kill you today already exceeds all limits. An example: "Today I'm going to kill you, baby. I love you, but I can't take it anymore. Today I'm going to kill you, baby. You won't fool me again.". In the line of Loquillo, another apology of feminicide that frightens us to think that we were listening just over three decades ago.
I Used to Love Herfrom Guns'N'Roses
Of course, Spanish is not the only language in which we find terrifying letters. In English, not even the myths of rock, like Guns'N'Roses, who, on the subject I Used to Love Her, from 1988, they said things like that "I loved her, but I had to kill her, put her six feet underground, and I can still hear her complain". And once again: apology of the macho murder.
Every Breathe You Take, from The Police
That a song is popular (and perhaps one of our favorites) does not always mean that we know what its lyrics hide, especially if it is written in another language. And is that Every Breath You Take It may have gone down in history as a paradigm of the romantic, but in reality, it is a sign of pure harassment. For sample, a button: "Every breath you take, every move you make, every tie you break, every step you take, I'll be watching you. Every single day, and every word you say, every game you play, every night you stay, I'll be watching you".
Run for your life, from The Beatles
Not even the Beatles get rid of the historical revision of their lyrics. Run for your life It is a 1965 theme whose rhetoric is far from the mottos of peace and love that characterized the band later. At least, in relation to women. The best example is the very beginning of the song: "I'd rather see you dead, baby, than with another man".
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