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The most misogynist pop of summer ’13

Aug 8, 2013
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As the summer of 2013 home stretches into back-to-school shopping, “Dancing with the Stars” handicapping, and an imminent thirst for pumpkins, it’s fair to assess the season’s music offerings. Robin Thicke, Daft Punk, and Miley Cyrus scored the pop hits. Thicke in particular won the summer with “Blurred Lines,” a song we’ve already covered.

“Blurred Lines” stills stings because its overt objectification—chiefly the version of the video with the naked models and Thicke’s snarling use of the word “bitch”—has not inspired the backlash it warrants. It’s a problem. More than the flavorless easy wholesale lifting of the good parts of “Got to Give it Up Part II” it’s just a really ugly party anthem because the song is welded to its deplorable video. Probably the worst offender since “Cherry Pie.”

To that end, we gathered the A-Team and had a roundtable discussion over email for three weeks. And you thought Kendrick Lamar was just going to walk on his lazy rhyming.

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  • http://www.WomanlyWoman.com/ Liz Barnett

    OMG. Our society literally regresses as women begin to take more and more leadership roles. Step down, boys. Step down.

    • Kat G

      My favorite disarming tool for getting a boy to step down after reading this: Natalie’s nose tap / hair ruffle “you are soooo cute!”

      • http://www.WomanlyWoman.com/ Liz Barnett

        lmao

    • map42892

      You don’t have a glass ceiling. Just because rappers disrespect women doesn’t mean you can’t get ahead in society. Stop victimizing yourself and take responsibility for your own life. You are not part of a repressed group, you are a misandric tumblr feminist who hasn’t grown up yet.

      • http://www.LizBarnett.me/ Liz Barnett

        @map42892:disqus It looks like you weren’t actually replying to ME but to this blog post so I will not be responding as your comment does not relate to me.

        • Guest

          I did reply to you, and it absolutely relates to your comment.

          • http://www.LizBarnett.me/ Liz Barnett

            I’m not a feminist. So it does not. My statement had no judgment. It was a factual sociological statement.

  • Constantin Roman

    just a heads-up regarding the Baths song: he’s into dudes. So the song’s probably about another dude. Does that still count as misogyny?

  • map42892

    There is no oppression against or glass ceiling above women in the first-world, and the far-reaching claims of this article prove how ridiculous people have gotten with yelling “misogyny” every time their feelings get hurt. Just because rappers disrespect women
    doesn’t mean you can’t get ahead in society; stop victimizing yourself
    and take responsibility for your own life. You are not part of an
    oppressed group, the authors of this piece are misandric tumblr feminists who haven’t grown up
    yet. You can’t be taken seriously if you not only get offended every time a male artist says something that makes you upset, but also completely misinterpret the lyrics of musicians like Baths.