Do you have a few examples of songs, movies that have helped raise awareness per a certain issue ? If so, what are those ?
I'm currently very much in love with the books '' The girl with the dragon tattoo'' (or Millenium or Men who hate women) and its trilogy and the movie that has just came out which is about abuse towards women and which is very feminist. I've read that a lot more women have decided to report sexual abuse in Sweden, where the movie has been made, after the book and movie came out which I think is just really awesome. It has just helped a lot of women being more open about this issue and has helped raise awereness per sexual violence.
I just think it's such an awesome thing to use movies or songs and such, even though it's not based on real life stories, to raise more awereness about important issues like that.
So, what are some examples that comes to your mind ?
Great topic, cool! I have to think more about this. I can think of how my sister dyed her hair purple after reading and being so moved by The Color Purple. I love films now but I found music to have been and continue to be a deal part of my life, if in a different way now. I had a lot of respect for my favorite musicians and would listen to what they had to say over a politician any day! (You'll noticed I'm a quite far out of high school here; I like new music, too, but it's a bit different.)
It's not quite sex ed-related, but the Clash were my favorite band for years and their lyrics really provided a strong socio-political background and encouraged me to consider pacifism.
Feminist, riot grrl or other bands with a strong female presence such as Hole and Bikini Kill were important. I found Hole's lyrics to be very cathartic and was fascinated by Courtney Love's bold personality. I really wanted to be like her!
I loved the band Garbage with tough-as-nails-yet-also-vulnerable lead singer Shirley Manson; she sang about stuff that few mainstream singers did. When I got my period at the end of 13 for the first time, it was not happy news to me. However, cheesy as it may be, thinking about how she, too, probably had her period made having one not seem quite so bad. (Hey, I wasn't famous but it was one thing we had in common!)
I find Henry Rollin's openness about surviving sexual abuse while growing up to be meaningful. I think he breaks a lot of cliches in general and uses his fame for good causes; I know I listen!
Oh geez, please excuse the trip down musical memory lane. I'll try to think of other influential movies and books. I have been rereading an old favorite book and find its take on the everchanging state of relationship and friendship dynamics to be really interesting and insightful but it's hardly a bestseller. (Well, perhaps back in 1802...)
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