How far has feminism fallen?
Well, the fact that Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (yup, I’m going there again) has become a smash hit is a decent indication that feminism has fallen fairly far. Not that the song is any different from the rest of today’s radio drivel – which also doesn’t say much about where women kneel… er, I mean, stand – but let’s face it…
The song is all about getting hot and heavy with “the hottest bitch in this place.” There’s no romance, no real mention of commitment, no ode to anything about her other than how good she looks in “them jeans.” It’s a shallow, chauvinistic piece of trash. (With a catchy beat. Drat it.)
Tell me that’s not unfavorable to the feminist movement. Oh never mind; Robin Thicke’s daddy, 66-year-old Alan Thicke, is doing just that, defending his son and the song as downright decent.
“It’s not so much ‘we know you want it,’” he opines about the lyrics, which include the repetitive phrase “You know you want it” directed at the afore-mentioned “hottest bitch in this place.” “It’s ‘we hope you want it.’ It’s still a guy waiting for permission, saying, ‘I’m not your maker.’ Nobody grabs anybody; we’re waiting for permission here. And not only that, but it’s guys trying to be cute and funny.”
I’ll grant him everything up to that last sentence, as I don’t agree with Thicke’s critics who say the song promotes rape. The song is piggish, yes, but it doesn’t blur that particular line. Yet daddy should have stopped there if he wanted to make a decent argument for his son. Instead, the Growing Pains actor went on to say:
“This is not a lascivious video. There’s no humping and grinding as we’ve been seeing in music videos for two decades now… We’re not doing the Anthony Weiner story here. [They’re] just kind of putting it out there playfully and we’ll see who responds.”
Clearly, Mr. Thicke needs a bit of schooling in what “lascivious” means. According to Dictionary.com, it’s defined as “1) inclined to lustfulness; wanton; lewd… 2) arousing sexual desire… 3) indicating sexual interest or expressive of lust or lewdness…”
As for Anthony Weiner, it’s the “Blurred Lines” brand of irresponsible, ultimately unproductive and all-around devaluing chauvinism that motivates morons like him. Duh!
This should be obvious, but the definition of feminism has become so warped that Alan Thicke went so far as to say, “I think there are blurred lines within the “Blurred Lines. T.I.’s rap is kind of graphic; Robin’s point of view, I think, in his own parts of the song… is kind of female empowerment when you look at it.”
Yeah, it’s like TOTALLY empowering to be called a “bitch.” I know it gets me in touch with my feminist side every time.
The saddest part though? I’m sure there are plenty of people – both men and women – who will agree with him. And if that ain’t an indication that feminism is dying, I don’t know what is.