The lyrics of rap lyrics can be used to create rape scenes, but there are ways to avoid them, the authors of a new study have warned.
The authors of the study said they would like to see more research into the use of rap and other music genres to create sexually explicit scenes, and suggested that the use and distribution of music in schools and the workplace should be regulated to avoid creating a sexual environment for young people.
Dr Anna Harker and Dr Jules Poulin-Vicombe from the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and the Australian National University said they found that there was an abundance of rap rap lyrics in popular music at the moment, which was also in breach of the Victorian Sexual Offences Act.
“The research was done in a number of schools and universities,” Dr Harkest said.
“What we found is that a lot of the rap rap is a bit of a dirty word, a bit derogatory and it’s quite common in the rap world.”
“It was really surprising to us, because the music is usually in the form of rap music, and that’s probably what is going to be most likely to create this sort of sexualised environment.”
“The fact that this has become a part of popular music shows how vulnerable young people are.”
Dr Harkie said they wanted to see a greater emphasis on how to deal with sexual offences in school and work.
“One of the things that we wanted to do was see if there were more interventions that we could put in place to prevent this kind of behaviour,” she said.
The research found that about one in four teenagers had heard of rape jokes, and half of the jokes were about “raping women” or “rapes on the road”.
“It’s important that we take a very, very strong view about how sexualised this language is, and how we can ensure that we are not perpetuating the kind of attitudes that we see in schools in Victoria,” Dr Pouvin-Vinicombe said.
Dr Halker said the study suggested that school administrators could create a sexual education curriculum that included rape jokes and that the government should consider regulating the use or distribution of rap.
“We need to make sure that we’re taking a very strong position on these issues,” she explained.
“It would be very, really important to have those discussions because it would be a very important way to educate young people in a way that’s respectful and safe for them.”
Dr Pouvillon-Vincombe added that while she hoped the research would help educate young Australians about sexual violence, it also suggested that sexualised rap lyrics were “a bit of an issue”.
“The rap lyrics have a negative impact on young people, particularly young women,” she argued.
“This kind of language and this kind for that matter, creates a very difficult environment for children.”