The Emotional, Cognitive, and Behavioral Effect of Misogynous or Men-hating lyrics on Women and Me

The Emotional, Cognitive, and Behavioral Effect of Misogynous or Men-hating lyrics on Women and Me

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Music evokes a wide variety of responses from every human being. These responses range from thoughts and emotions inside the mind, to behavior – executed actions outside the realm of the mind. Sometimes, these responses are similar from one person – or gender – to the next; sometimes they can be very different. Regardless of nationality, age, or environment, music is omnipresent and affects every individual (Fischer, 2006). While there is a myriad of musical styles and genres, some are more prone to evoke certain responses than others. One response in particular is aggression, specifically sexual aggression, towards women, and sometimes men. According to previous research, these lyrics can evoke what they operationally define as aggressive behavior, which results from an aggressive emotion towards individuals of the opposite, or same, sex. If this correlation is indeed sound, then a correlation between the reverse and opposite factors is arguably plausible. Listening to music with non-prejudiced or positive lyrics should evoke compassionate, or at least non-violent, emotions and behaviors. This can be concluded using methods within the experiments conducted by researchers in both research articles. In the first research article, Music and Aggression: The Impact of Sexual-Aggressive Song Lyrics on Aggression-Related Thoughts, Emotions, and Behavior Toward the Same and the Opposite Sex , Fischer discusses the effect of sexually aggressive song lyrics on aggressive thoughts, emotions, and behaviors toward other individuals, either of the same or opposite sex. What researchers Fischer and Greitmeyer found was that these misogynous and men-hating lyrics affected mainly male participants, who reacted more aggressively towards the female confederates than towards the male confederates in
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The Emotional, Cognitive, and Behavioral Effect of Misogynous or Men-hating lyrics on Women and Me

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