I was listening to a disk with assorted MP3's on it the other day, with bands from the 80's right up to last month on it. I noticed a pretty significant difference in tone in several of the songs. Most of this could be traced to when the song came out. For instance:
The Cure: Boys Don't Cry....
"I would do most anything to get you back by my side, but I just keep on laughing hiding the tears in my eyes, cause boys don't cry."
"I've become so numb I can't feel you there, become so tired, so much more aware. Becoming this, all I want to do, is be more like me, and be less like you"
Seems to me the disconnect between the sexes is growing pretty far apart. "selective" example aside, I have noticed a fairly marked shift. Women sing about men as no good jerks that deserve to be taken for everything they are worth. Men sing about women as slutty gold diggers that use men and toss them when they're done with the fun, not to be trusted and definitely deserving no respect.
One half of this is fairly widely publicized, not the other. But the startling thing is there is precious little dialog about this phenomena....and there isn't a soul alive that could convince me that pop stars have no effect on society. So where is this leading us?
Well, I for one have noticed an abrubt shift in the last ...say...three years. The songs from men have gone from an "I'm sorry for being an idiot, please forgive me" sort of tone to a "You're impossible to satisfy, and frankly not worth the effort anyway, so fuck off" sort of trend. Of course music and movies etc being what they are, there are TONS of exceptions to this rule...but if you went even 10 years back I seriously doubt you'd find more than a few songs by men basically telling women "Fuck off Princess, you're not worth my time".