The werewolf has become a symbol that people may perceive as a boys persistent need to pursue women. This type of symbol can be interpreted from many kinds of media in popular culture, however, music seems to be one that plays a dramatic role. In song like “Lil’ Red Riding Hood” by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs we can see how werewolves have ultimately acquired this “stereotype”. It is seen that as the song goes on the audience is expected to almost catch on of the intentions of the wolf as the song is “explicitly using the ambiguity of modern English between "wolf", the carnivore, and "wolf", a man with concealed sexual intentions” (Wikipedia). The entire premise of the song is so that the audience will ultimately understand that men are to be seen as ‘wolves’ as they ‘hunt’ for their prey, women. This song plainly displays why the werewolf has become a prominent sex symbol in todays pop culture.
Another song that also plays a role in how we perceive werewolves in pop culture is “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” by the Cramps. This song displays this stereotype of a sex driven boy being portrayed as a rabid werewolf. Ultimately, the lyrics display a boy and as he grows up he experiences puberty, and the complications that it entails. The displays a depressing tone, as if he was forced into being the way he was. The lyrics really come to feel relatively primitive in it of themselves. We can see the primitive and werewolf like indicators when in the lyrics he sings, “I had a teen-land mind/I had to blow my top/And under teen full moon /No one could make me stop/No one could make me stop” (The Cramps). Music like this helps us to understand why we as a society have created the werewolf to be a major sex symbol. Music is one of the major factors in pop culture that represents werewolves in this fashion.
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