I stood in my church office yesterday and searched Spotify for songs about sex.
This is my job.
We’re leading Our Whole Lives with students this weekend, and the session about language has an activity where you listen to songs and read their lyrics, analyzing them for their messages about sexuality.
I wanted songs that were current and classic, from a range of genres, and that represented both hetero and homo sexuality. It’s one of the weirdest bits of work I’ve done. Here’s what I came up with.
There’s also an activity about body image messages in advertising. You’re supposed to have students look at magazine ads, but our church is on Michigan Avenue, which is kind of a living breathing advertisement, so we’re going to take a walk to look for these messages. I made a Bingo-style game with things for students to look for: