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STALKING: From Adele to Andrews

Under the Protection from Abuse Act, abuse is defined as

The occurrence of … the following [act] between family or household members, sexual or intimate partners or persons who share biological parenthood: knowingly engaging in a course of conduct or repeatedly committing acts toward another person [which] include[e] following the person, without proper authority, under circumstances which place the person in reasonable fear of bodily injury.

According to the University of Oklahoma’s Gender + Equality Center, lyrics to popular songs such as Adele’s “Hello,” whose chorus includes the verse “I must have called a thousand times,” and Maroon 5’s “Animal,” whose lyrics include the phrase “Baby. I’m preying on you tonight.  Hunt you down eat you alive,” are “normalizing” sexual harassment.  Perhaps these lyrics even romanticize stalking behavior a little bit? Continue Reading