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"Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke is NOT "a feminist movement in itself"!

*****DISCLOSURE about the following post: This may not be suitable for girls 14 and under. I analyze a very degrading, violent, and sexual song and music video in order to point out why they're wrong and unacceptable. I do not endorse Robin Thicke's song "Blurred Lines" or the music video for the song in any way. I talk about sexual innuendos, rape, violence, degradation, and inappropriate name calling to criticize Robin Thicke for singing it. If such topics make you uncomfortable or you don't think it's something you should be reading about, then please move on and read another blog post. It's ok, I won't be offended at all. This one is not pretty and may shock you if you're not prepared. That being said, if you feel ok reading about the bad stuff Robin Thicke says, read on*****

So that new song by Thicke "Blurred Lines" has become all the rage lately, being played over and over on top 40 radio stations. The music video for the song has been nominated for THREE VMA awards. Good for him, right? How about a big fat "NO!" How about we address the fact that his lyrics and music video are degrading towards women?? First I'm going to address the lyrics. They're only pretty in the sense that they're pretty shocking and offensive to any girl or woman who has an ounce of self-respect.

     What's even more shocking and offensive is that in a recent interview with the show "Good Morning America" he said that his song is a "feminist movement in itself". This guy obviously has no idea of what feminism or female empowerment is. I'm going to take direct quotes from his lyrics of his song and analyze its music video to prove that they're are not empowering and they are CERTAINLY not a "feminist movement". If there are any female Thicke fans out there, I'm about to burst your bubble and change your mind about this guy. Without any further ado, let's begin. 

The Intro and first verse are ok, so I'll leave those alone. Things start getting bad on the pre-chorus though. Part of the pre-chorus lyrics are:

" OK now he was close, tried to domesticate you
But you're an animal, baby, it's in your nature" 

In this song, Robin is addressing a woman. He's not gay (he's married to Paula Patton), so his using the word "baby"  is referring to a woman. Unless he's a pedophile, I'm going to bet he's referring to a woman when he says "baby" here. He calls the woman he's talking to (which could be anyone, or all of us, really) an "animal"  that needs to be domesticated. Excuse me? All women and I are HUMANS, not some savage jungle creature that needs domesticating! Robin is basically saying we are sub-human, savage animals. 

The chorus spews some more un-feminist stuff:

"And that's why I'm gon' take a good girl
I know you want it
I know you want it
I know you want it
You're a good girl"


OK, first off, WHERE/HOW is Thicke "gon take a good girl"? Outside of the club in a dark alley to rape her? To his apartment to drug her? This sounds creepily like something a rapist would say. And what's with this "good girl" thing? First he calls us undomesticated animals, now he's calling us good girls. You call a pet a "good girl" or "good boy". I mean, who doesn't? 

Ex: "Fluffy, sit! (Fluffy, a dog obeys a command)
Fluffy's owner: Good girl, Fluffy!

Unless you want to insinuate that we're your pets, Robin, do not call us "good girl"...

I also have a problem with the repeated "I know you want it" that follows Robin saying he's "gon take a good girl". That again, sounds like something a rapist would say when trying to blame the victim "I know you want it, come on!!!" 

Robin is making rape innuendos and addressing us in the way you would praise a pet, basically saying we're sex objects and pets. 

Verse 2 is more of the same, with more name-calling and degrading words

"What do they make dreams for
When you got them jeans on
What do we need steam for
You the hottest b***h in this place" 

Way to notice only the physical aspects of a woman, Thicke. Ever wondered that beneath that blouse, jeans and whatever a woman is or isn't wearing, there's a little thing called personality in her? Out of all way he could've described the woman, he chose to focus her jeans and how they presumably make her legs and butt look sexually appealing. I feel like this also alludes to the sexist idea that women shouldn't bother to pursue their dreams, as if the lyrics are saying "what do you need aspirations and career dreams for, you're hot and that's all that matters!"  

As if objectifying the woman and possibly implying she shouldn't bother pursuing her career dreams isn't enough, he calls her a "b***h". Oh, but it's ok and heck, even EMPOWERING because he added "hottest"  in front of that, right? WRONG! Why did he use "b***h"? Why not woman, or gal, or girl? Nooo, he has to use an insulting and derrogatory term to substitute the word "woman", as if all women are b*****s. 

Robin focuses on just your body, thinks you don't need to pursue your dreams, and, oh yeah, he thinks you're a b***h. But hey, at least you're "the hottest" b***h. 

Verse many things with verse #3. Here are the offensive lyrics:

"Yeah, I had a b***h, but she ain't bad as you
So hit me up when you passing through
I'll give you something big enough to tear your a** in two
Swag on, even when you dress casual
I mean it's almost unbearable
Then, honey you're not there when I'm
With my foresight b***h you pay me by
Nothing like your last guy, he too square for you
He don't smack that
a** and pull your hair like that
So I just watch and wait for you to salute
But you didn't pick
Not many women can refuse this pimpin'
I'm a nice guy, but don't get it if you get with me" 

So he calls ANOTHER woman a b***h. No surprise there, considering what he did in the second verse. But what follows is new. He says he "had a b***h". OH I'm sorry, are women, aka "b******" something you can have? What a disgusting way to refer to having had sex with someone, I HAD someone. It's vulgar and disgusting. 

In the next line, Robin boosts his male ego. He says "I'll give you something big enough to tear your a** in two". He's obviously talking about his penis and referring to anal sex. He's so full of himself he thinks his penis will literally tear your butt in two when he does what he will with it. This is not only disgusting, but shocking and full of violence! First of all, whatever kind of sexual activities he's into should be kept to himself, he doesn't need to announce into the world he's into anal penetration, much less anal destruction! 

Robin goes on to tell us more about his sexual urges...he says that "even when you dress casual I mean it's almost unbearable". Exactly WHAT is "almost unbearable"? Your urge to rape a woman, Robin? Get a hold of yourself and get some obviously need it. 

And then there's the justification of violence. Robin talks about how the man the woman in the song was with was "too square for him", he wouldn't "smack that a** and pull [her] hair like that", the way she apparently likes it. How do we not know this is referring to violent acts taking place during rape? 

Robin pumps his own ego, again when he says "not many women can refuse this pimpin', I"m a nice guy but don't get it if you get with me". He's basically saying he's irresistible because he has a lot of money and can be like a pimp to the woman who decides to "get with him". But even if a woman does decide to get with him, she won't be treated well, because you "don't get it if you get with me". Way to make yourself look like a nice guy, Robin!

Robin likes to "have b******", brags about the size of his penis, wants to tear your butt in two with it, has uncontrollable sexual urges, will smack your butt and yank your hair, will be your pimp, but certainly won't be nice to you. 

SO yea, there are the lyrics of "Blurred Lines" for ya. Great song, right? (insert sarcasm here)

As if the lyrics aren't enough to set your feminist buttons on fire, watch the music video, the unrated version (Warning: not suitable for pre-teens). 

The unrated version features from the VERY beginning of the song straight through the end women wearing nothing but a string thong. They prance around Robin and 2 other singers who are completely dressed. They put their fingers in their mouths in a sexual manner, ride bicycles, ride stuffed animals, and even crouch over on the floor as if they were animals themselves. 

CONCLUSION: Robin Thicke is a misogynist. There's no other way to put it. To all you girls out there that are his fans, how do you feel about him, knowing he's written a song and made a music video that degrades you to the level of an undomesticated animal that shouldn't bother having aspirations whose butt he is going to literally tear in two with his allegedly large male member, rape, and mistreat you? How do you feel knowing he's made an even more offensive music video? And furthermore, what do you say to the man who has the ignorance of saying all of those horrible lyrics are a "feminist movement in [themselves]"? 

Ladies, we need to stop supporting musicians that create such offensive music. You want to see change in this world and start being treated as an equal by the media? Boycott and protest against anything and everything that tells you or implies that you are less than what you are. You are not an animal, a sex-toy, a b***h, a woman who shouldn't have aspirations, someone who should get raped, someone worthy of being mistreated, or any of those horrible things Thicke says in his offensive lyrics and implies in his equally offensive music video. Change starts within all of us. Let us say "NO MORE!" to misogynistic media, and let us start a massive riot and protest should Thicke's music video win any of the awards it has been nominated for. 

Further reading: 

To read all of the lyrics of the song, click here:

To read about Thicke's delusion about starting a feminist movement, click here:

I would've posted the link to the unrated music video, but even I wouldn't feel right doing it. I already told you what it features and what happens, but if you want to see for yourself and cringe like I did, by all means go ahead -- with the permission of your parents, of course, if you're not old enough to see it. I only did so so I could know what I was talking about when I criticized this song and video. 

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Comment by Marisol Figueroa on August 7, 2013 at 11:19am

I think that music is like art.  It is left for ones own interpretation.  The great thing about music is that the variety is immense, leaving plenty to choose from.  Your opinion and take on this particular song is interesting, and it is very obvious you feel strongly about it.  I on the other hand do not take or interpret the lyrics of this song the way you do.  I also like Robin Thick's music and have not heard a song of his that I do not like.  I see it as just a song, interpret the way you want, listen to it or don't listen to it.  He is still famous and rich.  In addition, he is not the first or the last to put this type of music out.  I have heard much MUCH worse.  Take a look at commercials for example.  There are some commercials out there that are shown in broad day light that are worse.  ;-)

Comment by Cynthia Amaya on August 4, 2013 at 8:22pm

I completely agree with this! To be honest, I was actually in love with this song. That being said, I have a strong moral compass that really makes it hard for me to listen to it anymore. It's hard to sing along to something knowing that I'm pretty much insulting myself as I'm singing.So, I've stopped listening.

Here is something that is even more shocking (in my opinion) and disturbing about Mr. Thicke. In an interview with GQ (aka Gentleman's Quarterly, a magazine targeted to men), Robin had the audacity of saying that this video was all in good fun. His response to the question we've all been asking (Hey, do you think this is degrading to women?) was, "Of course it is. What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I've never gotten to do that before. I've always respected women." (x) Yes, I'm as shocked as you are. Apparently, because Mr. Thicke has always been respectful to women, he deserve a break and should be degrading women because why the heck not! Everyone else does it! I'm appalled. 

It's time the media stops glamorizing the degradation of women and making it seem like it's okay for men to pretend women are animals, even if it's "all in good fun". 

Comment by April C. Davila on August 3, 2013 at 6:02am

i CAN see how someone could get stuck on this song because of its catchiness and forget to understand the lyrics. It's soothing, smooth and the like. It makes you feel chill, I can see how so many people were duped into thinking otherwise. Oh the insanity.

Comment by April C. Davila on August 3, 2013 at 6:00am

Though a little long, I couldn't agree more. ugh the insanity.




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