Recently, schools in Europe have
banned the song “Blurred Lines”
from their campuses. I think that’s
absolutely wonderful and we should
consider doing the same. Let me tell
Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” is
admittedly catchy, however, it’s also
a sleazy song that spreads a terrible
People are in a tizzy over the
song and the video that showcases
models strutting around topless.
There are shots being fired from both
sides, with some supporters saying
that it’s liberating and empowering to
women, and the women in the video
promote body positivity with their
It’s not about body positivity.
Those women are gorgeous – they’re
models. Of course they’re confident.
If you think it’s about nakedwomen, you’re missing the point. It’s
the way that the men are behaving
towards the naked women in the
video and, more importantly, it’s
about the message of the song.
Let’s talk about the video first.
I can handle topless women. I have
no problem with topless women. In
fact, I think we should work toward
topless equality for everyone, but
that’s beside the point. The issue here
is the way the men act with the
At one point, there’s a stop sign
on one young lady’s behind. I don’t
know if you can get any clearer,
here. It’s a literal stop sign. Yet the
singer keeps saying she must want
to get nasty, and that he can give her
something to tear her in two.
There is an outreach project called
Project Unbreakable where rape
survivors write what their rapists
said to them during the act. The
results are far too close to the lyrics of
“Blurred Lines.”“I know you want it.” “You’re
a good girl.” When heard as words
from a rapist’s mouth, they become
much more chilling.
If you think people are too
sensitive about these things, maybe
you’re part of the problem. You
can work towards being part of the
solution. Instead of complaining
about people overreacting to it,
maybe you should look into why
they’re so upset in the first place.
Try to understand where people are
coming from. “Blurred Lines” can be
very triggering for a rape survivor.
The whole point of the song is
that consent can be confusing, but
in reality, it never should be. You
should always be sure your partner
is 100 percent okay with any physical
Here’s a handy guide if you’re
wondering about consent – Is he or
she passed out? That’s a no. Is he or
she too drunk to function? That’s also
a no. Think you can help yourselfjust because they are your significant
other? Think again. Did he or she
promise to make sweet, dirty love to
you when you got home but changed
his or her mind? Say it with me – that
Anything that is not a perfectly
clear “yes” is a no. If this is a confusing
concept to you, please reevaluate the
way you treat your significant others.
Men are more than what “Blurred
Lines” make them out to be. Men are
not the source of the problem. The
problem is the patriarchal society,
which is reflected in the media. This
is not just a women’s issue and we
should be working toward change.
That is what feminists are fighting for,
and that is a topic for another article.
What do you think about “Blurred
Lines?” Would you sign a petition to
get it off air? Want to debate about it?
Send your thoughts in to the Pointer
and let’s talk about it.