Aware: Misogynist NS song banned

Aware: Misogynist NS song banned
Corinna Lim, Executive Director of AWARE.

A marching song commonly used by National Servicemen has been banned for its misogynist lyrics, women's advocacy group Aware said.

The song, Purple Light, includes these lines: Booking out, see my girlfriend/Saw her with another man/Kill the man, rape my girlfriend.

"We were troubled that NSmen were bonding over misogynist lyrics about committing sexual violence against women. So we raised our concerns with Mindef (the Ministry of Defence) and SAF (the Singapore Armed Forces)," Aware said in a post on its Facebook page on Friday.

And it said they investigated.

"They will 'immediately halt' the singing of these lyrics, which they describe as 'contrary to (their) values... It's really encouraging that Mindef and SAF are prepared to listen to feedback, recognise this as an issue and take action on it," it said.

"Thumbs up!"


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