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Debate: How Teens Hear 'Promiscuous'

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The song Promiscuous has been everywhere lately, the top of the Billboard chart, top iTunes download, all over Top 40 radio. It's a dialogue between singer Nelly Furtado, the promiscuous girl of the title, and Timbaland, known for the purposes of the song as promiscuous boy.

Their flirting conversation in the song generated a conversation among several of the young men and women at Youth Radio.

(Soundbite of song Promiscuous)

Unidentified Woman #1: Girls that like boys, that's how they act towards each other. There's that little game of I like you, you like me, but we're not going to tell each other.

Unidentified Woman #2: She's trying to play hard to get but it's like a game.

Ms. NELLY FURTADO (Singer): (Singing) If ya lookin' for a girl that'll treat you right, if you lookin' for her in the day time in the light.

Mr. TIMBALAND (Singer): (Singing) You might be the type if I play my cards right. I'll find out by the end of the night.

Ms. FURTADO: (Singing) You expect me to just let you hit it, but will you still respect me if you get it?

Mr. TIMBALAND: (Singing) All I can do is try, gimme one chance. What's the problem? I don't see no ring on your hand.

Unidentified Man #1: (Singing) Promiscuous girl.

Unidentified Man #2: How you doing little lady? Yeah, like stuff like that. That's how people approach girls.

Unidentified Woman #3: When you met a person, the way they approach you is very different nowadays. It's not necessarily hi, how are you doing? My name is. It's more hey, you look good. Let me hollar at you. There's no quality to anything anymore.

Unidentified Man #3: Dudes is getting straight to the point. They just like, yo. So, when you gonna have sex with me?

(Soundbite of Promiscuous)

Unidentified Woman #4: I like the song because of the beat, but I don't necessarily agree with the message. I mean, promiscuous girl, like, that's not something that a guy should want. I mean, guys should care about the personality, intelligence, confidence.

Unidentified Man #4: That whole idea of a dude being able to be easy, you don't hear that in hip hop. You don't hear that in pop.

Ms. FURTADO: (Singing) Promiscuous girl. Let's get to the point. Cause we're on a roll. You ready?

Roses are red, some diamonds are blue. Chivalry is dead, but you're still kinda cute.

Unidentified Woman #5: Chivalry is dead, like that whole opening doors for a girl and walking on the outside of the street. You don't see that happen much.

Unidentified Man #5: It ain't there for me. It ain't there for a lot of my peers and a lot of my homeboys so I can't really say it's real.

Mr. TIMBALAND: (Singing) Wait! I don't mean no harm. I can see you with my T-shirt on.

Ms. FURTADO: (Singing) I can see you with nothing on, feelin' on me before you bring that on.

Unidentified Woman #6: It's just like adults trying to grasp the idea that teenagers do have sex nowadays. It's hard for them to like think oh, God. That's what they're doing. And they're putting it out there. Like, we may have done that but that was in, like, Johnny's car and we sure as heck didn't talk about it with the other kids.

Mr. TIMBALAND: (Singing) Bring that on.

Ms. FURTADO: (Singing) You know what I mean.

Mr. TIMBALAND: (Singing) Girl, I'm a freak. You shouldn't say those things.

Ms. FURTADO: (Singing) I'm just trying to get inside of your brain to see if you can work me the way you say.

Mr. TIMBALAND: (Singing) It's okay. It's all right. I got something that you gon' like.

Unidentified Woman #7: Yes, I do believe that songs like this lead to promiscuous behavior and what you hear is a big effect on how you live.

Unidentified Woman #8: Your favorite celebrities are the ones singing this song and you're going to want to live her lifestyle. And you're going to change the way you act. I mean, I do feel like it really contributes to the way girls just carry themselves.

Unidentified Woman #9: I mean, unless you're already sexually active, a song will not make you go out and have sex.

Unidentified Man #6: A lot of old soul songs had that real smoothtalking dude. A lot of people born in that time was conceived to those songs, but I don't think nobody's playing Promiscuous Girl and getting it on. That's a little corny.

SIEGEL: Quincy Moseby(ph), Alana Germany(ph), Jennifer Marshall(ph), Jaquez Edmonson(ph), David Bickham(ph) and Maria Gonzales(ph) all talking about the song Promiscuous by Nelly Furtado and Timbaland. That piece was produced by Youth Radio.

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