Women being objected to sexist ads has occured since advertising was discovered. In relation, music is also a form of advertisem ment that has women knowingly reciting lyrics to catchy tunes that express the same level of disrespect. Last year, Robin Thicke’s funky hit, Blurred Lines, encouraged many to dance while others chose to listen to the lyrics and music in depth. Feminists have also taken a stand against the lyrical content provided by Robin Thicke and hip-hop artist T.I. or Clifford Harris.
Journalist Tricia Romano, from the Daily Beast coined the phrase “rapey” to describe the song. She states that the phrase, “I know you want it,” is verbalized almost 18 times. This term ignited multiple reactions from bloggers and vloggers. YouTube videos were created to counteract the original video/song. Robin Thicke’s reaction to a television reporter from BBC acknowledged the negative claims and responded.
“For me it was about blurring the lines between – two things – one between men and women and how much we’re the same. Like my wife, she’s as strong as I am, as smart – if not smarter, stronger and she’s an animal too and she doesn’t need a man to define her or to define her existence. So the song was really about women are everything a man is and can do anything a man can do. And then there’s the other side of it that is the blurred lines between a good girl and bad girl, which, you know, even very good girls have a little bad side to them. You know you just have to know how to pull it out of them.”
Unfortunately, as the author Wolf states in the book, “The Beauty Myth ,” she states that, “culture stereotypes women to fit the myth by flattening the feminine into beauty-without-intelligence or intelligence-without-beauty; women are allowed a mind or a body but not both.” This is extremely depressing. Just as Robin Thicke expresses that it just needs to be, ‘pulled out of them,’; this also implies that women are idiots that do not know what they want. This is the true misconception that women face through the eyes of advertisements and music
. A product is being sold by a major corporation by way of down grading women and making them look like sexual deviants. They actually learn that, “beauty is amoral: if a woman is born resembling an art object, it is an accident…. From the beauties in male culture, women learn a bitter amoral lesson-that the moral lessons of their culture exclude them.”
In an interview with GQ magazine, Thicke explained the inspiration behind writing the song with super producer Pharrell Williams. “We started acting like we were two old men on a porch hollering at girls like, ‘Hey, where you going, girl? Come over here!’ ” The question has now been presented of how far this idea of women not being able to decipher if, “ they want it,” or not is truly the message of Thicke’s popular song.If we don’t advocate against this type of thinking displayed through music we will not be able to stop this cycle of objectification and abuse in our school.
Whether popular music, television or simply life’s examples are the reason behind students encouraging racy music, studies have been conducted to inform the public of how this behavior has effected many young women at alarming rates.Colleges and universities across the U.S have been requested to do more to prevent sexual assaults.” According to Sarah Lawrence College (www.slc.edu) At least 1 in 4 college women will be the victims of a sexual assault during her academic career.
Also according to the Bureau of Justice of Stats, “48.8% of college women who were victims of attacks that met the study’s definition of rape did not consider what happened to them rape.”
Specific songs that speak of women being naive and vulnerable allow many of the opposite sex to misconstrue what the majority of society truly wants. Although the song evokes an emotion of ‘good times,’ it is difficult to separate the good feelings generated from a song versus the perception of the song. Music lovers and students a like, should have a higher sensitivity regarding sexual abuse. Robin Thicke’s summer hit simply opened the eyes of a younger generation encouraging them to listen more and dance less. This has also enticed many to pay closer attention to their daughters in universities across the country, always engaged in popular music with no thought of what other youth take away from each song.
Wolf, Naomi. “Culture.” The Beauty Myth. London: Chatto & Windus, 1990. 57-60. Print.