A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Born This Way" is much less provocative than the typical Lady Gaga song. It lacks the explicit references to sex, substance use, and violence that characterize many of her other tunes, instead focusing on a more positive message about loving yourself for who you are. Parents should note that this message includes an acceptance of sexual orientation: "No matter gay, straight or bi / lesbian, transgendered life."
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What's the story?
In the single "BORN THIS WAY," one of the biggest pop stars on the planet -- Lady Gaga -- sings about accepting yourself no matter who you are. The lyrics are a lot cleaner than most of her other songs, including almost no mature content aside from some references to various sexual orientations (including homosexuality and transgenderism). It's an affirming, upbeat choice for impressionable young teens who could benefit from a self-confidence boost.
Is it any good?
Lady Gaga's '80s influence shows through loud and clear in this track, with big, booming arrangements that are reminiscent of Madonna's huge hit "Express Yourself." While this sound doesn't make for the most original-sounding song, it's still catchy enough to earn plenty of radio play.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the power that popular artists and songs have to influence their listeners. Does this song challenge your assumptions about people who are different than you?
Do you think kids are more likely to adopt positive attitudes and behaviors when they're supported by their favorite musicians? Why or why not?
What may have motivated Lady Gaga to release a song about accepting yourself at this stage in her career?