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September 5, 2013Drew
I get the idea that through a certain lens, the women in “Blurred Lines” are willing participants in celebrating sexuality – that is, they do in fact “want it.”
BUT… aren’t other lyrics still problematic even for eagerly, willingly sexualized women? Can they be excited about being called “the hottest bitch in this place?” Is a compliment for TI to declare that he “had a bitch but she ain’t as bad as you” (nevermind the implied offense to his last paramore)? Or that he’s offering “something big enough to tear your ass in two?”
If anything, that last line (coupled with the scene in the video where balloons give details about the size of Robin Thicke’s genitals) seems to be a celebration of MALE sexuality, and the women are just props (like the balloons). THAT’s why I find this thing objectionable. Sure, maybe the men’s sex partners are and eager sexual partners… but the medium for celebrating that is offensive to both genders.
September 5, 2013Nik Heimach
Drew, completely accurate and fair point. I wrote this piece to examine the state of sex in pop culture, and used the Blurred Lines example as a linking point between different observations of how sex, sexuality and gender can be construed across multiple viewpoints. Personally, I agree with you. But that’s why I added this paragraph:
“I’m not saying this is how it is, nor am I denying the video’s inherit sexualization, participation in the male gaze or potential for harmful interpretation amongst teens/young adults. The point is that sexuality, and its depiction in pop culture, is complicated. The perspective, theoretical or otherwise, is still bound to certain limits, usually coming down simply to an individuals interpretation of sex in media.”
While some parts are more obscured than others, it’s pretty obvious that those lyrics in particular are easily sexist/offensive to many.