Some Latin urban music singers defend that the songs with high sexual content that they interpret are the result of an intense struggle to gain the freedom to express themselves as they are: Strong, independent and with desires.
The Colombians Karol G. and Fanny Lu, the Mexican Paulina Rubio and Thalia, the Dominican Natti Natasha and the Brazilian Anitta coincided in statements to Efe that the role of women in music has always been to relate their aspirations and experiences, but what yes it has changed are the words with which they do it.
“It has nothing to do with taking revenge or making men objects,” said Colombian reggaetor Karol G., one of the few Latin artists who opted for urban music since the beginning of her career. “Quite simply, now there is no model for women to follow or how we have to say things,” he added.
The interpreter of “Mi cama”, an issue that she published this year and that on YouTube carries more than 105 million views, stressed that the exponents of urban music have done nothing more than “be true to the genre”, which reflects what It really happens to people and “that includes falling in love, but also wanting someone, or suffering for a love or injustice.”
The Brazilian Anitta, considered the queen of urban pop in her country, ruled out that the songs of the artists of today have to do with turning an object to men, but of “connecting with other women”.
“What’s so scandalous about a woman saying she likes sex?” She asked.
Some with more years in the music industry and also had to deal with prejudice at the time, such as Paulina Rubio or Thalia, both with new themes and sustained in reggaeton sounds, do not believe that strong lyrics sung by women, nor the reaction scandalized society, is something new.
“Women continue as always looking for ways to express themselves and be happy,” said Rubio, who has just published the single “Desire (Me tienes loquita)” with the Venezuelan Nacho, who in one week exceeded one million views on YouTube.
“Everything is a cycle and generations are breaking barriers,” said Thalia, who has just released “I do not remember,” along with Natti Natasha, in whose video a woman admits having lost the memory of what happened during a party night and rejects the claim of his partner.
“These songs are empowering, it’s a way of saying if you do not like how I am, then go,” said the Mexican, whose latest release accumulates 2.5 million views on the famous video platform.
“Women connect with the most sensual songs because they want to see themselves portrayed in music as they really feel,” said Natti Natasha months ago, when he released “Sin Pijama” with Becky G.
It is important to reflect female sexuality “without falling into the vulgar, said Natti Natasha, for whom everyone is in” their right to say what they want how they want it “, an aspect that is part of the philosophy of the urban movement.
This current current finds parallels with the effects that the Spanish Rocío Jurado produced in 1979, when it became the emblem of many women who were disgusted when they sang “it is a great fool, a cocky fool”, in her song “Ese hombre”.
In the new century, Christina Aguilera highlighted the double standard of a society in which a man with different sexual partners is applauded while a woman in the same situation is condemned, as she recounted in her 2003 song “You can not hold us down”.
For Fanny Lu, who has developed her career in tropical music, “the explicit lyrics are from younger women, who feel empowered to be able to say anything” and even “it seems good” to take revenge and put men like object if you want. “
On singing based on what women live today agrees the Venezuelan Gretchen G., who however does not see herself “being explicit.”
“I studied with nuns,” confessed the singer of “Sola.”
Artists and mothers like Thalía, Paulina Rubio and Fanny Lu understand the concern about the impact that these letters can have on young people who are forming their sexual identity, and underline that nowadays minors are exposed to many inappropriate contents.
“The task of the parents is harder than before because that is everywhere, it’s not just the lyrics, it’s the television, what they see on the phones,” Thalia acknowledged. “Now the protection has to come from within, raising the children so that they know clearly what is good and what is wrong,” he added.