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A Much Better Parental Advisory Rule

In Youth Rights on August 12, 2012 by edwinforyouthrights

Typed by Edwin Bonilla

Music that has a parental advisory classification should not be restricted like R-Rated movies or Mature rated video games. The restriction that those three entertainment formats have in common is that the minimum age to purchase them is 17. However, 17 is too high for a minimum age to purchase music with a parental advisory classification. The minimum age to purchase music with explicit content should be 16; online and in the declining CD format. Companies have a lot of say on this because they agree with the commonly agreed upon rule regarding music with a parental advisory classification. As a result, companies that sell music should lower the minimum age to buy music with explicit content to 16 because girls and boys who are 16 are mature enough to listen to lyrics in those songs. Society should be past the point of blaming music for the reason why some people do bad things. Music is powerful and influences culture but that is not a reason for having a too high minimum age to buy music with explicit content. When I was 16 and was listening to music by Korn, not once did I consider doing things in those lyrics. I am sure that that many girls and boys who are 16 have the same maturity.

16 should still stand as a minimum age for some things. I refuse to see the end of 16 being used as a minimum age to purchase age restricted products. Girls and boys who are 16 should be allowed to buy music with the parental advisory classification without needing a parent or guardian. It makes sense.

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