“I know you want it…just let me liberate you” were the words coming out of the local hit FM radio station this morning as I was on my way to work. Taken back by the vulgarity of these lyrics, two things occurred: 1. I found myself singing along and 2. I was not alarmed (until now) on what was being said to me, because it was not the first time I was hearing it.
The lyrics are from a song called “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell. Robin Thicke’s song is currently number 14 on Top 100 Billboard Charts and has over 214 million views on Youtube.
As the song continued without any censorship or bleeping, it became more obvious to me that these icons and symbols of pop culture are so familiar to us, that we often forget the message they are sending. A message, in this case, that is offensive and demeaning to women AND men.
Thankfully, a group of women spoke up about the controversial song and music video. Check out this amazing feminist parody of “Blurred Lines” (renamed “Defined Lines”) by a group of college students in Auckland, New Zealand. Two thumbs up for standing up for women and equality! Click Here to watch the video. Warning: you may not want to watch this at work…there are some curse words and gender role reversals!