Related human rights
Equal opportunities for men and women, principles of non-discrimination
The participants could be offered several song lyrics to choose from to save time. The method is particularly suitable to use after methods on deepening the understanding on gender roles.
The peer educator explains the group that commercial popular culture is a type of communication media, which strengthens and preserves gender stereotypes the most. Stereotypes, men’s and women’s oppression, or discrimination are particularly common in popular song lyrics.
Divide the participants into groups. Their task is to pick a song, which features discrimination, objectification, stereotypes and prejudice, and rewrite it in a way that it remains as catchy as the original version.
When you have rewritten the songs, find a karaoke version on the internet (e.g. on Youtube) and sing it using the new lyrics.
Songs, suggested for rewriting/resinging:
One more time, Britney Spears
Tai Uždaryk Mane, Tėveli, Aleksandras Makejevas (Lithuanian song)
Barbie Girl, Aqua
God Made Girls, Raelynn
Ant Kalno Mūrai, Lithuanian folk song, etc.
Questions for discussion:
1. How did you pick the lyrics for rewriting? Why was this your choice?
2. What did you change and why?
3. What makes the new lyrics different? What is its effect?
Further suggestions, additional material
If you have more time, you can ask the peers to find lyrics that could be rewritten on their own.
Other ways of using the material by peer educators
Instead of using the popular commercial songs, you could organise an afternoon of rewriting folk songs, where groups would rewrite and re-sing folk songs. This method is suitable for talking about violence in the nearest environment – folk songs feature numerous cases of violence, which is portrayed as normal.