Who sings about dat­ing, sex and love more of­ten? Men or women?

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Men sing about both ro­man­tic love and sex more of­ten than women, ac­cord­ing to a new anal­y­sis (in the US) of pop­u­lar song lyrics from 1960 through 2008. Find­ings also re­vealed that fe­male artists sing about ro­man­tic love in a higher per­cent­age of their songs.

The dif­fer­ence is due to gen­der dis­par­ity in the num­ber of songs, with male singers per­form­ing a higher per­cent­age of pop­u­lar songs than fe­male per­form­ers dur­ing that time pe­riod. Con­ducted by Jen­nifer W Shew­maker, An­drew P Smiler and Brit­tany Hearon, the re­search ex­am­ined sex­ual stereo­types in pop­u­lar mu­sic lyrics across five decades.

Ac­cord­ing to re­searchers, women are ex­pected to fo­cus on ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships and have sex­u­ally ob­jec­ti­fied bod­ies, while men are ex­pected to fo­cus on sex­ual be­hav­iour.

The re­searchers’ me­dia con­tent anal­y­sis of 1,250 pop­u­lar songs showed that gen­der-based dif­fer­ences in sex­u­al­ity are in­deed com­mon and con­sis­tent with gen­der stereo­types. A to­tal of 71% of songs ref­er­enced a dat­ing re­la­tion­ship, in­clud­ing more than half of all songs in ev­ery decade, while 57% of all songs used the word love, most fre­quently as a ro­man­tic term. This in­cludes more than half of all songs in ev­ery decade ex­cept the 2000s (at 49%).

Of the 1,250 songs, 827 were per­formed by men, 328 by women and 95 by co-ed groups. Among fe­male per­form­ers, the pro­por­tion of songs ref­er­enc­ing dat­ing stayed rel­a­tively con­stant across five decades, 78-83%, while for male per­form­ers, it dropped over time, start­ing at 69% in the 1960s and fall­ing to 59% in the 2000s, de­spite an in­crease to 78% dur­ing the 1980s power bal­lad era.

Among fe­male per­form­ers, the pro­por­tion of songs ref­er­enc­ing sex was at 6% in the 1960s, then jumped to 16-21% from 1970-2000, whereas among male per­form­ers, the pro­por­tion jumped from 7% in the 1960s to 20-29% through the 70s, 80s and 90s and then jumped to 40% in the 2000s.

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