Thicke by name, thick by nature
From Rachel Dobbins
Robin Thicke reminds me of Amy Poehler’s character in Mean Girls – “I’m not a regular mom, I’m a cool mom.” He dresses like a used car salesman, dances like your dad and is so insecure about his masculinity that he has actually incorporated the words “Robin Thicke has a big d**k” into the video for Blurred Lines. Which really tells you all you need to know about the man behind this disaster.
Whether he is trying to recapture a lost youth or struggling to maintain his sense of virility in a society where age and virility go hand in hand, Thicke is definitely trying to prove something and he’s doing it by sending out a very dangerous message.
The argument for this video is that it’s utilising female sexuality in an empowering way; making fun of sexism, pushing boundaries, celebrating female sexuality. That would be believable if there weren’t three fully clothed men, singing lyrics about “tearing that ass in two” and “had a bitch, but she ain’t bad as you”. Those lyrics are unsettling but perhaps the most disturbing line in this song is “I know you want it. But you’re a good girl”. The lyrics imply that the girl is pretending she doesn’t want it but that’s fine because Thicke knows she does and she’s “git’n it”.
The song is called Blurred Lines but it should be called How Rape Culture Works. You can act as though you don’t want to have sex with me but if you wear tight jeans, dance with me or even glance in my direction then I am going to assume that you want to have sex with me; the only blurred lines here are the ones that are used to create a gray area between what is considered rape and what is not.
The falsehoods perpetrated in the media that if a woman dresses a certain way, acts a certain way or drinks too much then she’s a certain kind of woman and she wants sex even if she says no, are glorified and celebrated in this song.
The popularity of a song that essentially promotes rape culture in an era when feminism is once again rising to the fore is disheartening to those who thought that this might be an epoch of change.
Are patriarchal ideas too ingrained in society to ever really be changed? Are we bound to be held hostage by the same outdated biblical ideas that women are second class citizens? Discuss in the comments below!
Here’s the culprit:
Here’s a good parody: