I was not surprised by the massive response that Megan The Stallion’s Hot Girl Summer brought. Many women key termed the phrase hot girl summer this year and lived it. Like many of you who did not participate in the hot girl summer madness, there was a lot to see on social media and tv. There were all sorts of twerking, hooking up with random people, and lots of recovering from drastic hangovers. 

I am all for living it up! I am not judging anyone’s hot girl summer antics. I was amazed to see how many women young and old step out of their comfort zones. For the first time in many women’s lives, they had an urge to be daring.

While behind closed doors, there were also a lot of untold trips to a local gynecologist, Plan B purchasing, and denial that they possibly caught a sexually transmitted disease. It is no secret that the music industry has been pushing the agenda within the hip-hop music culture to be sexually active. 

There have been studies found that culturally appropriate television, print, billboard, and radio ads can successfully increase awareness of STDs among young African Americans. 

African Americans are also at high risk for infection, an important first step towards seeing a decrease in the rate of STDs within the black community is to advertise and promote change. Considering the nature of sexual content contained in many forms of music and the heavy listening habits of adolescents and young adults, healthcare professionals show concern that repeated exposure to such content obscures the line between reality and fiction for listeners, taking into consideration current trends in risky sexual behaviors (Agbo-Quaye & Robertson, 2010). 

Even with past research, it had demonstrated that R&B, pop and rap music contains more sexual content in their music and that African Americans preferred these specific genres (Wright & Qureshi, in press). From this given information the disproportionate rates of teenage pregnancies, STIs, and HIV among African Americans are related to their exposure to music that contains high levels of sexual content, implicating that this form of music has more of a cultivating effect for African Americans than those from other ethnic backgrounds (Wright & Qureshi, in press).

In addition, in recent research the sales of condoms have been decreasing.
According to Men’s Health sex and relationships advisor Debby Herbenick, a sexual-
health researcher at Indiana University and most people don’t even use them in casual sex after their mid-20s. 

Many studies are being done to prove that sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise. In 2017 nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were diagnosed in the United States, a record high. 

I hope that whoever had a hot girl summer did not end up feeling empty, hurt, or even in a panic. 

My message to those who had a hot girl summer (doing hot girl summer things.)

Love on yourself enough to value and cherish your body, mind, and soul. Approach people and any situation with a sober mind. Think for yourself. 

Do not be easily influenced by the world and people around you. I hope that the remainder of 2019 brings peace to those who felt displaced spiritually this year. 

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