psy of gender- extra credit #5

psy of gender- extra credit #5 - Susan Martinez March 22,...

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Susan Martinez March 22, 2011 Psychology of Gender Extra Credit #5 When it comes to cross-sex friendships, there lie many difficulties in maintaining them. Among these difficulties are the emotional bond challenge, sexual challenge, equality challenge, audience challenge, and opportunity challenge. The most commonly seen in media happen to be the emotional bond challenge, sexual challenge, and audience challenge. The emotional bond challenge is the question as to whether the foundations of the relationship are based off of friendship or possible love interest. The sexual challenge ties into the emotional bond challenge being that its challenge is whether there is a sexual attraction between the two sexes. The audience challenge is the question of how the public may feel about the cross-sex friendship relationship, and how that may influence the friendship between the two people. In 1997, artist Usher released his album, My Way , which debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart. One of his most popular songs was “ You Make Me Wanna ”; a song about the struggle of a cross-sex friendship going through the emotional bond and sexual challenges while the male counterpart is in a romantic relationship with another. Lyrics in the chorus and verses, such as “You make me wanna leave the one I’m with to / Start a new relationship with you”, “Before anything became between us / You were like my best friend”, “And when I go home at night and lay my head down / All I seem to think about was you”, and “Now what’s bad is you’re the one that hooked us up / Knowing it should have been you / And what’s sad is that I love her but I’m falling for you”, clearly display the stresses caused by the emotional bond and sexual challenges of having that sexual attraction and the basis of what the cross-sex friendship was
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established on. Another artist, Alicia Keys, easily portrays the audience challenge in her song
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