Monday, September 30, 2013

Is 'Blurred Lines' Blurring Our Perspective?

Earlier this year I posted my initial reaction to Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'. I felt that the song was really fun, sexy and simple and this was before it became a massive hit. Now I am just baffled by all the crazy allegations that 'Blurred Lines' is not only sexist but it also encourages rape (?!). The song has been banned by a few college radio stations and the video has been heavily criticized for it's disrespect towards women. Hmm... so after years of listening to anthems like "drop that p-ssy b--ch" and "lick it like a lollipop", Robin Thicke has miraculously become the poster boy for misogyny and the objectification of women. Um..Ok but this little uproar has nothing to do with Robin Thicke or the song does it? This is about the half naked girls in the video.

Half naked men have been all over MTV since the beginning of MTV from Madonna to Nicki Minaj videos (let's not forget that (yummy) D'angelo video).  The video for 'Blurred Lines' features a few topless women and it seems like our society just can't handle it. Suddenly people are stating that the song is misogynistic and about rape. For example: "You know you want it" is a phrase that is repeated thru out the hook of 'Blurred Lines' and this is the line that allegedly insinuates that "No does not mean no". Oddly enough the cliched phrase ("you know you want it") has also been used by everyone from Britney Spears, Destiny's Child to Pitbull. I honestly don't think that Blurred Lines is about or even suggests rape. I also think that if the song did not have naked woman in the video than none of these lewd accusations about it's meaning would be taking place.

I am a strait woman and I also consider myself to be a strong and independent women, with that said, I actually admire the models in the video for 'Blurred Lines'. I admire how confident and careless they are in their own skin. I admire their sex appeal and sassyness. Maybe one of the reasons why so many women are insecure about their bodies is because our society seems to have this overwhelming need to shelter our sexuality. It's as if we are supposed to hide and NOT enjoy our nakedness and sex appeal. Why are women who dress provocatively often labeled as sluts? Why are promiscuous women often criticized?  Why can't women openly flaunt their sexuality with out being judged? Why are topless women in a music video an automatic act of demoralization?  Why is it so hard to accept that some women (even a "good girl") might actually embrace their sexuality especially since men do it ALL the time.

The bottom line is a few topless women in a music video should not be considered an act of disrespect to all women.  Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell are just artists and they are married to three incredibly strong and intelligent women. These men did not come together to write a sexist, misogynistic song about rape. These artists created a song about sex and the song's video just happens to have a few half naked girls. I do believe that sexism and the objectification of women are major issues in today's pop music but I don't think Blurred Lines is misogynistic. If anything I feel that most of the drama and controversy that is currently surrounding blurred lines actually stems from the fact that we live in a sexually repressed society.  


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