So in my High School English class today, my teacher, Mr. Granger, asked us to watch the “Blurred Lines” music video (obviously the clean version). He then asked us to write our response to it in our journals, afterwards we shared our thoughts and I raised my hand up to say “I believe his song is promoting rape culture.” Needless to say, the majority of my class, being the immature children that they are (was that harsh? well deal with it), strongly disagreed. Discussion continued and many of them simply said something along the lines of “It’s just a song, it shouldn’t be taken in so seriously.” I’m sure you know my response to that, but this post would become repetitive.
Next, my teacher gave us a copy of the lyrics and asked us to point out interesting lines to the class. I, naturally, pointed out T.I.’s part, specifically “Nothing like your last guy, he too square for you/ He don’t smack that ass and pull your hair like that…” The class began to comprehend the severity of the lyrics, BUT there were still some sticklers, both male and female, disregarding the song as harmless.
Next, my teacher gave us this opinion article by Stacey in our school’s newspaper, Sword & Shield. I was thoroughly impressed with her opinions and expressed that to the class. By this time, most of the class had transferred to the opposite spectrum of opinion on “Blurred Lines”. STILL, however, a male raised his hand and said “Well, they obviously want it since they’re wearing such little and slutty clothing…” to which I responded, quite snarkily might I add, “You know, sometimes, just SOMETIMES, females might do something just for ourselves. We wear want we want to wear just to make us feel comfortable and have higher self-esteem. NOT EVERYTHING WE DO WITH OUR APPEARANCE OR OUR PERSONALITY IS SOMETHING TO IMPRESS THE GENDER(S) WE ARE INTERESTED IN.”
He hid in embarrassment. My teacher slow clapped. And I may have scared the shit out of some little misogynistic pricks for good reason.
Please take the time to read this article, it really does point out some significant problems with this song.