Tuesday, April 2, 2013

In the News: Robin Thicke's rape song, Tennessee legislation, and my continued obsession with Sheryl Sandberg

Has anyone heard Robin Thicke's new rape song? 




Basically, the majority of the song (creepily named "Blurred Lines") has the R&B singer murmurring "I know you want it" over and over into a girl's ear. Call me a cynic, but that phrase does not exactly encompass the notion of consent in sexual activity.

Oh, and the music video! Not only does it feature three girls baring bare breasts throughout the entire song (along with nude-colored thongs), but it also obnoxiously interrupts the already disturbing scene to blare  #THICKE  in big, bold, red letters every 10 seconds. Is this some Big Brother brainwashing technique? Who told him that this was a good idea? Not to mention he an entire clip dedicated to balloon letters spelling out "Robin Thicke has a big dick." Nothing embodies class better than telling the entire web that you have a big schlong! Makes one wonder if he's overcompensating, or if his wife would agree with that statement? Seriously, this song is disgusting— though admittedly very catchy.

Turns out, the listeners aren't that impressed by the song either. Some Youtube comments include users saying, "99% boobs, 1% music," or "This porno has awful music." I decided to do everyone a favor and not attache the unrated version of the video above.


WTF Tennessee?

If you aren't already pissed off today, here's another reason to be: the state that's home to the Music City is now trying to pass a bill (SB 132) that will decrease Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits for parents whose children are not make satisfactory grades in school. In other words, Tennessee is trying to make the poor more down-trodden. Why punish a demographic that's already struggling? I just can't begin to understand it. Can you imagine going to your child in grade school and say that he/she has to do better in school from now on because the family's financial stability is dependent on it?

Sponsored by Sen. Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) and Rep. Vance Dennis (R-Savannah), the bill is referred to as a "carrot and stick approach." Jezebel gives a few choice words about the ridiculousness of the bill:

It's actively making it more difficult for poor families to survive — and it's a double whammy for the children. For kids who are already struggling in school, they're now threatened with affecting their family's ability to survive.
My continued obsession with Sheryl Sandberg...

I can't stop. This woman is my bloody hero. Even after reading her book Lean In, I've now resorted to reading blogs from the organization's website, and watching YouTube videos of her speeches.  Below is a TEDtalk she did back in 2010 about why there are so few women leaders in the workplace. Watch and be wowed:


82 comments:

  1. Totally agreed on Robin Thicke (disappointed there's 0% internet backlash against it?!), but thank you so much for leading me to the Sheryl Sandberg lecture, so inspiring!! :)

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  2. Thank god i'm not the only one who hade these feelings about the song "blurred lines". Once again woman are running around naked on display, like the objects society makes us out to be. Pathetic.

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    1. the feminine form is beautiful and should be appreciated. Studies have shown that the female form is more pleasant for both males and females. This is not objecting women, rather, it's worshiping and appreciating. It's all point of view.

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    2. wtf? we, hetero women, want men running around naked on display. so.. stop with that bullshit.

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    3. omg just turn it up and enjoy the song makes you want to dance...its just alittle their showing omg i liked it...

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    4. wtf? we, gay men, want men running around naked on display. so.. stop with that bullshit.

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  3. http://claudiaalick.blogspot.com/2013/06/clear-lines.html WORD!

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    1. don't tune in if you don't like it. He's doing nothing the other artists aren't doing. Get another cause to worry about.

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  4. Thicke heade? Some people never grow up, they only grow old. And that doesn't mean that one should kill the creative and curious child within you, but that one ought to have a compass when navigating through life. And it is not a high score for the media consumer when you have to use nudity and scandal to get attention. But at the same time, a pair of bare breasts or even just a glimpse of a nipple really shouldn't cause more furor than the news that dozens of female students and nurses are blown up or gunned down for the glory of some blood-thirsty deity somewhere.

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  5. Um, But it's OK for Beyonce to utter "I know you want it" " I know you want to taste it" over and over In like , half her catalog? Yes the video is a bit much but a man has confidence in his prowess and its "rapey?" It's not like he is saying "I know you want it whether you like it or not." We aren't having this conversation if naked boobs weren't running running about like someone let bees out.....

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    1. I agree with you Kenton. The part of this that makes it NOT "rapey" is that he did not take her ability to consent. The purpose of this song is that society does tell women how to behave sexually and that many women are conflicted in expressing themselves as a result. This song is saying that I know you're a sexual person but because you are unwilling to "blur the lines," I have to tell you that it's okay to do so because I ain't judging you girl.

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    2. Amen. I agree totally. I've heard this song on all the major radio stations, watched both of the videos, and not once did the term "rape" or "rapey" ever enter my head.

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    3. i agree love it sexy here .hes so sexy.

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  6. Calling Thicke's "Blurred Lines" a "rape song" is offensive. "I know you want it," does not suggest "I'm going to have sex with you without consent" in anything but the most malicious and uncharitable reading of the line. Based on this reading, I can't imagine a song written by a heterosexual man about sex that you wouldn't consider a "rape song." The song is admittedly not a feminist anthem, but the point of the song seems to be the agony of the ambiguity of sexual attraction between two people. "I just watch and wait for you to salute," "let me liberate you," "One thing I ask of you/Let me be the one you back that ass to," and similar lines all suggest a man waiting for a woman to "Go ahead, get at me," hardly a rapist. Rape is a serious thing, and attaching such a charge to any sexually suggestive song or video is dangerous and wrong.

    As for the video, the women are confident and playful, and they are not being objectified in this video. What is so offensive about bared breasts? This objection is puritanical, and way off base. The outrage here is itself outrageous. These models, one of whom is a former Playboy playmate, make a career out of baring their bodies, and this is hardly more objectionable than the rest of the work they do, willingly. There is hardly more bared here than in a typical Victoria's Secret advertisement, much less than in a typical Playboy layout, and the baring of their bodies is done in a nonchalant and, frankly, silly fashion. The misogyny of the video is satirical, if you couldn't get that, and the concept for the video came from the female director, Diane Martel. But maybe she's just a sexist pig, too?

    If an exposed nipple offends you, if women playfully being sexy offends you, then you are no kind of feminist at all. And here I thought we were living in the 21st century, not the 18th. Stop calling things rape that clearly are not, simply to wield a weapon to shame a person's creative expression. It is offensive.

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    1. Fucking thank you. I swear I've been talking about this all day. Are people really offended, or do they just think they should be?

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    2. You're my hero. I agree with everything in your comment. I applaud you.

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    3. This! Exactly what I think. There is nothing offending or degrading about this video. It's done with taste, it's silly and fun. It's waaaaay better than rap videos where women are fully clothed but treated like bitches. I love this one.

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    4. Yeah, I'm a bit offended by this blog post, so thanks for your well-written reply. I have heard the song a million times on the radio--and love it!--but this is the first time I've seen the video (just silly in my opinion). I've never heard anything in the song that suggests rape or degrades women. I prosecute felony domestic violence and sexual assaults so I feel like I have a pretty good perspective, and this song does not raise any flags or set off any alarms to me. Plus, I can remember more than once or twice when I told my husband I was too tired and he said, "come on girl, you know you want it." And it turned out that I did.

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    5. Thanks for taking the time to express what most people probably think. I'm from Quebec, where women do not have many "complex", and all my female friends were rather happy with that playful, sexy video and song...
      Nobody ever mentioned rape, or sexism...adult and playful was the general impression.
      Once you admitted that men usually have more libido, and women, more appeal...personal interpretation is based on education, religion and...complexes... Wish we could all be LIBERATED

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  7. I am sure he made those models feel uncomfortable and so objectified when he paid them to be in his video. Not only that they were all smiles during the entire video and had nothing but positive things to say about the experience. Robin Thicke is a man who has been married for 20 years and his wife approves of the video so apparently she didn't think he was being too "rapey". What i feel is really sad is the way some people try to jump on the bandwagon with a song that was obviously playful. I suppose its fine for those of the 50 shades of grey generation who run about objectifying themselves but god if a video has half nude women its a crime. Have you taken the time to see what sort of music he makes ? No you haven't you and not once has he disrespected women or his wife. I find it more disgusting the way you throw out serious words such as creepy or even rape.

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  8. Considering Rhianna made a song "Man Down" that promoted the murder of men by women and no one called her out for her misandry then I think Thicke song is OK..fair is fair.

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    1. If you had seen the accompanying video you would know that she kills a man for raping her. Not at all a comparable example, and not in the least bit "misandry".

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    2. Murder is worse than rape.

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    3. Are you stupid or just trolling? Seeking retribution for a heinous crime isn't in the same league as hurting someone for the hell of it. Go talk to some rape victims and the lifelong damage they have to deal with, and then come back and tell me you still feel more sympathy for a rapist who gets his comeuppance.

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    4. Also, I'm offended by the phrase "a rapist who gets his comeuppance." Women are also capable of rape. More anti-rape movements would better involve men if they openly acknowledged that fact.

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    5. Oh, fuck you and your faux outrage. You're merely looking for a reason to get offended if you really think my comment implied that all rapists are men. Using a male pronoun as a default is common in the English language, in case you didn't know. And this discussion involves the mention of a (fictional) male rapist, which is what I was referring to.

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    6. And if you're the OP, you've pretty much forfeited the right to be offended over any perceived sexism against men, since you think killing a rapist is misandry. You kill me with your MRA bullshit.

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  9. I always had pride in the feminist movement, until I read this. By calling this song a rape song, you're giving credence to the awful term "feminazi". Pick you battles wisely and don't risk marginalizing feminism by grasping at straws.

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  10. Get real ... this is not a "rape" song. If "feminists" like you had their way, sex would be so boring no one would even want to have it.

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  11. You should change your blog to "Lesbian in L.A.". Suits you better :D

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  12. I know you like me (I know you like me)
    I know you do (I know you do)
    Thats why whenever I come around shes all over you
    And I know you want it (I know you want it)
    It's easy to see (it's easy to see)
    And in the back of your mind
    I know you should be home with me

    - "Don't Cha", The Pussycat Dolls

    Hello double standard.

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  13. I agree with you about what you say concerning this new song. It is extremely offensive and dangerous. This song (and the video) promotes sexism and rape culture in a terrible way. I don't understand why people like this type of music...

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    1. they have better taste than you?

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  14. I like that song. Stop that feminist stuff! If you like to pick on somebody, pick on the muslims and their poor girls with burkas. But you will not dare... This song is just cool. Go to any disco and you find the girls. And they wants it, and its no rape. Get a grip!

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    1. Rape is punished by death penalty there
      try again muslim obsessed

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    2. yes, the raped woman is stonned to death..

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  15. Since there is no female perspective given in the song, logically no conclusion about consent can be drawn one way or the other. Use your brain. It's like a penis, but not as smart.

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  16. I agree with you about the song, I searched for some criticism online when it first came out and couldn't believe that more people weren't making a fuss about it (although plenty about the video). The UK news suddenly grasped hold of it today.
    Ok, maybe it's not intended to be "rapey" but it is undeniably violent towards women, "I'll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two". I hate that the song is so catchy and kids are listening to this.

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  17. Patrick SebastienJune 20, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    He's not implying that "I know you want it" constitutes consent. Have you read the lyrics? It may be derogatory but there isn't any actual commands in the imperative implying that sex must be performed.

    You take exception with this song because of your personal biases. There is no actual reference to rape or sex without consent. Plus it was intended to be a satire.

    Your article is biased and fallacious. You aren't analyzing facts and you are personally attacking the artist.

    You claim to represent feminism? Why not represent it well and do things right. If you have a problem with this song, prove your criticism.

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  18. "I know you want it
    But you're a good girl
    The way you grab me
    Must wanna get nasty
    Go ahead, get at me"

    Um, did anyone bother to look up the lyrics instead of surmising that the song is a rape anthem based on one line that does not suggest rape on its own? Why would she be grabbing him if she didn't want it? There's nothing in the song that suggests the woman does NOT want it and he decides to ignore her wishes. More likely it suggests that she is being coy about her obvious desires, and not him deciding that she wants it when she gives absolutely no indication that she does.

    I'm all for calling out problematic lyrical content in songs, but can we make sure that we deem to be problematic is actually there? You pretty much made a conclusion about the song based on the chorus instead of examining the song as a whole. Kind of like the people who thought Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The U.S.A." was a patriotic anthem when the verses made it quite clear that's not what it's about. Saying "I know you want it" is not exclusively used as a rape threat, so that's not an excuse to disregard the rest of the song. Let's not do feminism a disservice and trivialize serious issues like rape by unfairly accusing something of condoning rape when that's not at all the case.

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  19. Oh my gosh you feminists always need something to complain about! Pull your head out of your feminist liberal ass and think about the lyrics a little more. The lyrics are about just letting a girl be herself and get in touch with her wild side which is not at all rapey. "I know you want it" doesn't have to be about sex, it can be about how she does want to break out of her shell... Yeah the video is a little racy but who cares? I sure as hell don't. It's art. He's an artist. If Lady Gaga had something like this people would praise her for being bold and innovative. Crap like this is why everyone hates feminists. I know as a woman I am supposed to stand up for other women but you just sound like a whiny little bitch who always needs to complain about something men do.

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    1. Hey, I'm a liberal feminist (at least I consider myself one) and I like the song and think this blogger's take is ridiculous. Nothing "rapey" about it (although using the word rape so loosely really offends me), it's about a girl who is shy about her sexuality and despite obvious chemistry won't come out and say she wants it. And I don't see where there's anything in the lyrics that sounds like he's going to push the issue (let alone FORCE the issue).

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    2. I love feminists! and you sound a sexist woman who defends men while they sing they will tear a woman's ass in two. you're stupid :)

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    3. You seriously took that literally? He didn't say "Imma take drugs to make my dick huge and then I will pin you to the street and fuck you until your ass burst into pieces" He said "I can give you something that might tear your ass in two" Also he did not sing it, he rapped it, idiot.

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  20. I do not find the lyrics more offensive than what we usually hear, but the unrated video song is sick and disgusting. It's not the naked bodies that I find sick and disgsting, but the fact that the women are the naked one dancing around the fully dressed men. The obectification at its finest. And we (the west) pretend to treat women with more respect that the other countries.

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    1. To find the women body beautiful, desirable and putting it on a pedestal is in no way disrespectful. Yes, the women in this video are almost naked, as are a lot of women in classic art. Disrespect comes from the attitude, not from the simple display of a gorgeous naked body.

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  21. bla bla bla, you're just being ridiculous, looking for an occupation and a frustration release uh? try sex

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  22. You have nothing better to do than dissect stupid pop song lyrics, the same right that allows you to be an angry outspoken lesbian allows them to write terrible music.

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    1. I felt urged to respond to this. I know what i have to say will probably not change your mind as frankly from that comment you sound set in ignorance. So instead i post in support of the blogger and the other people who are having their comments and respect for equality dismissed as 'going overboard','being a feminazi' or just 'wanting to whine about something'. Firstly id like to ask how you think change is brought about? For me i believe it is by people, many people fighting everyday the small,possibly personal, battles they come across for the improvement of life for others. Whether it's by refusing to give up a seat, not just looking the other way to abuse or talking about a song, a stupid song with lyrics that millions of people - and children will hear. You see the more something is thrust upon you in everyday life the more common and normal it becomes to you, to children who grow up with abuse or to people in the lgbt community who are called fags, queers or who are beaten, the things they experience though horrendous - it is normal to them.

      Whatever interpretation you choose to take from this song it can hardly be denied that the terms 'blurred lines', 'she touched/grabbed/smiled/flirted' or 'i know you want it' are terms often heard as defense arguments in rape cases and to picture bare breasted women in thongs with stop signs on their bottoms, amongst clothed men who play with them, brush their hair and watch them dance whilst singing 'I'll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two' and calling them bitches is uncomfortable and sexist. The reason i use the term sexist is because these women appear as entertainment, not equals and when the opposite is done, as seen in the video by Mod Carousel, the result is ridiculous and laughable and shows you something that cant quite be vocalised about how strange the video is. We are conditioned to seeing women like this - it is the norm for us just like i mentioned above.
      And so i get to my point - the reason i fight, the reason for dissecting the lyrics - while you may tell me to 'listen to the lyrics' or say 'im just trying to find something to complain about' or draw comparisons to female artists, i will tell you that i am willing to be called a feminazi bitch or whatever you can come up with if one, just one girl or boy who is suffering from abuse or from being raped or whatever could realise that it's not normal, not their fault and that they deserve so so much more than being paraded around or being used as objects.

      Dont you see its these little phrases, its the stupid songs, its the jokes, the pictures every single day of our lives that condition children and tell them that they have to put up with it, that torture rape survivors making them think they were wrong for feeling like they do, that make a person think being treated like a sex object and bring groped is nothing serious or okay. It's not. Its not okay - and one day i hope that people will be too embarrassed/scared to do hurt someone in this way rather than being too embarrassed/scared to stop it when they see it going on. But until then i will call people on these stupid jokey sexist songs just as i would about ones racism, child abuse because that is the way we made those things history and so that is what we must do for this.
      PS How dare you say that the same right that allows you to be a lesbian or angry is the same right that allows people to hurt others or trivialize rape/sexism (whether you think they did seriously or otherwise)because one is someones choice and hurts noone the other can scar and damage and i seriously hope you know which is which. Oh and as for being angry? I would applaud anyone who stands up for others and gets angry on their behalf not mock them.

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  23. You a dumb a$$ to think this a rape song plz get some real stuff to talk about

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  24. It helps if you actually listen to the song's lyrics...

    "The way you grab me
    Must wanna get nasty
    Go ahead, get at me"

    Its rapey alright... because the girl in question is obviously grabbing him in a sexual way. But its not Thicke that wants to rape anyone, its the girl in question.

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    1. THANK YOU for having a perspective. I'm not really sorry for being even a little bit rude to feminists but they shouldn't feel down/upset or offended by small phrases like that.

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  25. The issue I see with a lot of "feminists" is that they don't seem to like the idea of women being sexually empowered. Being comfortable and confident in being sexual is very empowering for women.

    I imagine that many of the anti-sexuality feminists are not themselves attractive and are in fact jealous of women who are.

    To say this video objectifies women is ridiculous, movies from the 1940's are far more guilty of this, but where is the fuss about them? Oh right, no attractive women expressing their power through sexuality. Gotchya.

    To all the women out their: Understand your sexuality, be confident in it and empowered by it. There is no need to repress it, be free to express it, it doesn't objectify you but frees you instead.

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  26. Funny how there was no backlash (probalby due to the lack of social media at the time ) about a song called Short Dick Man by 20 Fingers. Look up the lyrics. Get some perspective people. Its like the pot calling the kettle black.

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  27. I am writing here from very far, as to my country this song has just arrived and is (as everywhere else) number 1. I swear, one more time I will hear it and I will explode from anger, as I have so much of it listening to those disgusting lirics. How on earth it's even possible and legal to do a song like that? In what world are we living?
    I know that using sex is the best way to sell a product, but do people have any limits or boundries? Every sentence there is offensive to a woman, and it's disgusting. I can only congratulate for those three men that call themselves singers for having wifes and children. It's sad for me that people there days don't see any problem in it, in making songs like that. Personally after listing to this song and hearing those words I feel offended and in general like a worthless woman. But it's nice that I found this blog and I could share my opinion here. Thank You for reading this comment.

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    1. You're to serious. Take a chill pill and stop getting pissed. I'm a female and I don't think too much of the lyrics because I know in the end this is just a funny/cheeky song that isn't meant to harm or offend anybody. Sure it may be a little creepy if a guy really said something' like 'I know you want it' but you know this is just another way of him trying to get a little action and that he thinks you're attractive. Yes this song does make girls look like sex objects but so do a MAJORITY of the songs we listen to.

      This song may have references about sex but it's not really explicit nor is it any way really too offensive. I think the only offensive bit was really about 'tearing your ass in two' and even then it doesn't offend me enough to be upset about it.

      Also you said that this song made you feel like a' worthless woman' but I really want to know how. Some of the lyrics might sound a little commanding to feminists like 'get up/get down' or 'do it like it hurt' but that in no way is disrespecting females (or his partner). I'm sure if Robin Thicke and his partner were having intercourse he would not harm her and I don't think he is trying to offend any female listeners. Besides, some women do like sex that has a little S&M.

      You sound ridiculous. I might not know you or 'your story' (if you even have one) so I can't say much but you really need to take the feminism down a notch and just enjoy the music instead of criticising every single song that has reference to sex or women. This is not only to you 'anonymous', but to Lisa Hyun who owns this blog. How about if you don't like it, instead of making blogs about small matters you ignore the song and write blogs about things that might make you feel positive or if you're going to trash hard work like Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' and any other songs/movies whatever, just think about how many fans you're pissing off like me. Honestly feminists have never been to much of a problem for me but you make me want to slap you.

      It's nice that I found this blog and I could share my opinion here. Thank You for reading this comment.

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    2. If you get offended by people pointing out problematic things in songs, then maybe you should remain insulated in your own little world where everything is glossed over. For the record I don't think this song is offensive as I believe the lyrics to be woefully misinterpreted by those who are offended, but you're basically saying that no one should bother criticizing anything because it annoys you. Sorry, but that's not how the world works.

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  28. Wow, right now I am wondering who is really more upset about this song xD
    Anyway I don't even understand why you've wasted your time writing that. I am not going to change my mind anyway, especially after you're offending me;)
    I wrote my opinion about the SONG, you wrote an opinion about ME&WHAT I FEEL. I believe you have no right to.
    If you are really so agressive, to calm you down I can just say that:
    1) I like Robin, his old albums. Lost without u is my fav :)
    2) I am not a feminist, eventhough I respect them.
    3) I find words 'tearing your ass in two' too much for a POP song that is on the top of every playlist. That's all.

    And I am thinking that if we are singing already about every type of sex in songs, we just have to mention the group one and then it's done! And from that time we will be coming back to basics - how about love then? ;)

    But why are you visiting blogs like that if you don't like feminists?? That's what really surprises me.
    You should really remember that: everyone has his right to have his own opinion. As soon as you realise that and start to respect it - YOUR life will be easier.

    I hope that You will not feel bad about what I wrote. I like the fact that you are so possitive about the music, and in general nothing bothers you in it. If I was not that sensitive about it, I would surely be less stressed and wouldn't have those sad emotions listing to a song like that. So in a way I envy You :)
    I just think that if we know no bounds to where are we going then?

    Take care :)

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    1. We can be on whatever site we want. And you have to respect our opinions too, idiot. Stop being a pot calling the kettle black, and punch yourself while your at it?

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  29. I'm 16 and my friends and I saw the music video on tv and we all (separately) came to the conclusion that it creeped us out ,this was before we even knew about the R rated version (where the models are topless ) I understand the women in the video looked like they were having fun and are paid to do it but
    the combination of the lyrics , the video and thicke creepily whispering "I know you want it " made my friends and I uncomfortable and we flicked the channel everytime it came on .
    Verdict : Catchy song but the more I see and hear of it the more i dislike it .
    just my reaction to it :)

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  30. It's kind of ironic that the taliban force women to cover themselves from head to foot - and now it seems women who call themselves feminists want to do the exact same thing!

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    1. pahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahacommentsoridiculouslaughingtohardtopressthespacebar

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  31. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tKfwCjgiodg

    HAPPY NOW

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  32. I LOVE CAPRINUS

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  33. I know you want us, I know you want us, I know you want us...to read this drivel, but I've got other things to do...

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  34. I'm not sure about the rape incitation, but there are definitely a few things that upset me with this song, and many other songs:

    - explicit lyrics that should not be broadcasted at 8AM when any 6 year old can hear it and sing along. In France we have a law stating that explicit content should not be broadcasted before 10PM, but somehow it's not applied to this song, probably because it's in foreign language.

    - Female singers who want to sell their music need to go half-naked in their clips (Beyonce, Rihanna, ...). Male singers who want to sell their music need to be surrounded by half-naked women. How is that fair? Instead of spelling out "Robin Thicke has a big d*ck", why not go half-naked so we can see for ourselves?

    - The clip has been used in France for a TV advertisement for some Unidentified Phallic Object (after seeing the ad a dozen times I really still have no idea what they're trying to sell), inserted in the original video in the hands of the half-naked ladies, manipulating them very suggestively

    That ad was the last straw for me and I can't even hear the song on the radio anymore without feeling the urge to change frequencies.

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  35. i'm writing a post about how awful i think you are and how wrong i think you are. i won't even give you the credit of linking to this post bc i think it's smut. but just so you know, i did refer to you as a miserable, insecure feminist.

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  36. People listening to this song could take 'blurred lines' to mean one of two things: A) The blurred line is in reference to what society expects a woman to do when confronted with wild sex on the spot and B) The blurred line is in reference to whether the girl is 'just being shy' or if she actually does not want to have sex with the narrator. Interpretation B is probably what is stirring up the trouble. A man shouldn't have to 'guess' whether a girl wants to have sex with him or not; if she says no, it means NO. She's not being 'shy'.

    While some people hate the whole song in general, the part I found kind of weird was TI's little spiel. He says 'he's a nice guy but don't get it confused', right after he says he can 'tear your ass in two'. I don't know about anyone else, but that just brings up bad 50 shades images. Different wording, s'il vous plait.

    And in reference to the confident brandishing of breasts in the video, I didn't think those girls looked confident at all. The brown haired one shielded her breasts on multiple occasions and the blond girl leaned back as much as possible as she walked so her breasts weren't the first thing in front of her. Comfort level can be told by the way a person moves, and people citing playboy have got to remember that spreads are just pictures.

    In European countries like France, women used to bear their breasts when they went to the beach, but I think that has diminished with the younger generation. In Europe, it might have been so common place that it wasn't sexualized. But in America, breasts (and girl's body in general) are extremely sexualized- evident in the fact that they got a playboy girl to be a part of the music video. If we want girls to feel liberated we've got to stop making them feel like their bodies are solely for sex.

    I am fully for women being able to wear whatever the hell they like and do whatever the hell they like. But in terms of clothing, we've got to separate sexuality from skin. So maybe showing nakedness in a non sexual way would be the way to start women feeling comfortable with themselves.

    Blurred Lines was directed by a woman, and it's heart was probably in the right place, but the song was by a man and the lyrics mixed with the video and the actors and actresses involved missed the mark. I will say it's a damn catchy tune, though.

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  37. Damn, what's with all the MRAs and female MRA apologists up in these comments?

    And all taking anonymous shots like little cowards.

    Stop being sniveling whiners because you don't like someone calling out the garbage you like for what it is - misogynistic trash.

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    1. Your so stupid. Die please. No one likes you.

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    2. Your feminists buddies are also on anonymous soo

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  38. you are wrong about this about being about rape.... its about a guy convincing a woman to cheat on her SO. Your logic behind thinking this is about rape is bad and you should feel bad. The song is bad but not because its about rape its about cheating.

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  39. Why is everybody getting caught up in an artist making money??? Who cares what it's about!! They all do it whether it be with lewd lyrics or half naked women in their videos. We live in a free world and that's our right. Listen to Christian rock then if you want "clean" lyrics!

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  40. I recommend reading this article; it talks about how the song yes, is definitely overly confident, but doesn't have anything about rape; despite what you might think with the infamous words "I know you want it." http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/06/27/robin_thicke_s_blurred_lines_is_cocky_yes_but_rapey_and_misogynistic_no.html

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  41. I hate to break this to you but your "hero" Sheryl Sandberg wants women to work for her free: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/sheryl-sandbergs-lean-in-foundation-is-damaging-her-reputation-by-refusing-to-pay-its-interns-2013-8

    Way to bring more equality to women..

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  42. Oh my God, it`s a song, what`s the big deal. I miss the 1970`so much, back then feminist ment a group of 8-10 angry lesabian women and no one cared. Now these `feminists` are pushing their bullshit into my face all day long. "Oh, you`re a man? Evil! Eeeeeeviiiiiil, be gone satan". That`s how they react if they happen to bump into a random guy. We`re not evil, we`re the same as women, except we talk less crap and we`re alot easier to deal with. And we dont run around calling ourselfes maskulinists and think its a big deal. Just calm down, go buy a strap-on and fuck one of your feminist friends or something, no one cares about this noise you`re making. PS: The only reason men excist, is because women, like you, give birth to them. That has to suck, eh? :) Betrayed by your own gender, damn. Best wishes: 100% man and happy about it.

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  43. By the way, this "proud and angry and strong independent woman" shit you`re peddling is so easy to see thru. You`re insecure and you atch on to something. But deep down you`re still just a little insecure girl with a ton of personal problems. Making a blog with a shitty picture of a lesbian on top changes nothing. Nothing you say or do changes anything, you can write and scream and call yourself feminist all day long, your`re still nothing more then an insecure little bitch. Grow up.

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