Go Girl (CD Single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Sexy talk, shallow values make Go Girl a no go.

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Positive Messages

Ciara compares herself to other women and brags about how cool she is because she is hot and can put on a show. The term "go girl" is used to compliment a woman for being strong and working hard to earn money but also is used to praise women for having sexy bodies and multiple lovers.

Violence
Sex

In Ciara's world, if you are sexy you are cool. The single opens with the singer introducing herself, "I'm the incredible, super-sexual, call me 'Cici.' In part of the chorus, Ciara says she's the "Energizer Playboy bunny."

 

Language

In one verse Ciara plays with the word "sh-t" but doesn't say the entire word. In another instance, Ciara sings "Them other hoes just ain't that hot."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that in this song the phrase "go girl" isn't a positive expression of female empowerment, but a description of someone who uses her sexuality to beat out rivals for men's attention.

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What's the story?

GO GIRL is Ciara's first single off her third studio album, Fantasy Ride, due out in March 2009. On the single, Ciara explains why she is a "go girl:" "'Cause I am the original and you ain't got that swagga." Ciara is joined by T-Pain who also co-wrote and produced the track. Although there were plans for T-Pain to take a larger role in the album's production, this single is the only track that T-Pain and Ciara completed together. The video for this single shows off Ciara's sexy persona, with dance \

Is it any good?

Although Ciara's persona is that of a girl who can hold her own in hip hop circles, this single suffers from gender stereotyping that presents Ciara as successful only because of her sexiness. While the beat is catchy, the lyrics seem to say the opposite of what this talented singer really wants to say.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what message Ciara is sending to girls. Is Ciara telling young listeners that to be powerful and successful you have to be sexy? Can you think of any examples of where this is true? Conversely, think of some successful women who have used their smarts to get ahead rather than their looks.

Music details

  • Artist: Ciara
  • Release date: September 30, 2008
  • Label: La Face
  • Genre: R&B/Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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