Stripped

Music review by
Beth Pratt, Common Sense Media
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Great music, but confusing messages.

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

While Aguilera has many songs about female empowerment and loving yourself, she also sings about sex without commitment and being "dirrty".

Violence

"Make Over" describes the mental abuse a woman suffers from a boyfriend who "violated" her; "I'm Okay" describes an abusive father who terrorizes his family.

Sex

Some sex talk ("So come on and freak my body/we can get nasty naughty" and "Straight sweatin', our bodies are rubbin'/Gotta hit that spot just right, work me like a 9 to 5") in "Get Mine Get Yours"); mention of oral sex in "Can't Hold Us Down".

Language

Some profanity sprinkled throughout ("damn", "bitch', "ass", "bulls---t"

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are definitely some mixed messages here. Songs such as "Beautiful" and "Keep on Singin' My Song" are about loving and believing in yourself, and "Can't Hold Us Down" discusses the unfairness of double standards ("The guy gets all the glory the more he can score/while the girl can do the same and yet you call her a whore"), but other tracks such as "Get Mine Get Yours" ("We make love but don't fall in love/We spend time, just enough, so you get yours and I get mine") suggest that commitment-free sex and sexy posturing are the ways to act.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written bymarkb86 April 9, 2008

The liner notes have a small picture of oral sex

The CD has songs with swears and sex. In fact, I later noticed one of the pictures in the liner notes has a picture of oral sex. Anyone can buy this CD, and eve... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 27, 2011

The Best Album I've Ever heard

Pop songs today are far sexualized and most of them would be rated PAUSE for 17, but this album is beautiful. Pop music was good five to ten years ago but pop m... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bydncrgirl627 April 9, 2008
Although some songs my be inappropriate for younger kids and teens, the lyrics represent who Xtina is and how she feels. Features some awesome songs with true m... Continue reading

What's the story?

Christina Aguilera wants to prove to us that she has grown up. In the provocatively titled STRIPPED, she moves away from her bubblegum pop princess image and attempts to capture a more mature audience. She is sometimes successful; in songs such as the haunting and deeply personal \"I'm Okay,\" she shares what it was like to grow up in fear of her abusive father. This song, which she wrote and composed, suggests a depth that many probably never suspected she had. And the message of self-love in the heartfelt \"Beautiful\" is something that fans of all ages can appreciate. Bottom line: Most of the music here is excellent, but you may want to talk with your teens about some of the conflicting messages.

Is it any good?

Unfortunately, Aguilera feels that she needs to do more than sing about her painful past or hidden fears to attract an older crowd -- she seems to think she has to shock them into listening. "Dirrty," the ultra-sexual first single, is the worst song on the CD. Its in-your-face sexuality is just desperate, not erotic. "Get Mine Get Yours" is equally raunchy and uninspired -- plus its glorification of sex without love is at odds with her previous messages of self-worth. You might want to point out to your kids that people who truly feel good about and respect themselves don't feel the need to engage in no-strings sex.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the seemingly contradictory messages: Is it confusing that Aguilera sings about self-acceptance and self-love when she's wearing little more than underwear? Does the sexy image that she has carefully cultivated take away from the positive messages of many of her songs? What about the double standard she sings about?

Music details

  • Artist: Christina Aguilera
  • Release date: October 29, 2002
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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