Is Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" a 'rapey' song?
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I know some people think it is after reading through the lyrics, and I've also heard the lines between consent and rape are not 'blurred' but I think they are.
The one line that decides my thoughts is "The way you grab me, Must wanna get nasty."
She is obviously asking for it!
My reasoning - if you're in a club, half naked, grinding on a man to provocative music, I don't blame him for thinking that you 'want it.'
If you don't 'want it' don't act like you do!
Women who are guilty of this are blurring their own lines!
And it's not in the song he says, 'here, take it.'
He's not forcing himself upon her.
He's simply stating, that it surely seems like she 'wants it' and that he would be glad to give it to her.
And if she doesn't, then she should have thought about that before 'grabbing him.'
The lines between consent and rape are not blurred. If someone does not explicitly state he or she wants to engage in sex, he or she has not consented. Period. And pursuing further is sexual contact to someone who did not clearly consent, which is rape. Sure, consent can absolutely be fuzzy, but if it's fuzzy, it's not full consent and should not be treated as such.
As for the song, rape doesn't actually occur in it. You are correct when you state that Thicke is not raping a woman in the song. He's not! However, the song enforces certain mindsets that may potentially enable, trivialize, and/or excuse rape, which is the reason for concern.
But that is deceptive. If a woman doesn't have any interest in having sex with a man, then she should not imply in anyway that she does.
As a woman, if a man were throwing signals my way when he really didn't want anything, he would be looked down upon.
It's not ok for a woman to do the same thing.
Now, I'm not saying that just because a women acts like she's sexually drawn to a man when she's not, she should be raped.
No... rape is not ok in any instance.
But in Robin's song, he's simply imply that she's asking for it, which I thoroughly agree with.
Not asking for rape, but asking for sexual activity.
I'm not a rapist, just by the way. But I am someone who thinks that you should act according to what you really want.
Don't go out and act like a whore, when you have no interest in being one.
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Anyway, as for the song, there's no actual rape in it, but some of it perpetuates mindsets that could enable rape.
As for the opinionated statements you're making, the idea of a woman "acting like she wants sex" is often absurd rubbish. For all we know, she could just be dancing and wearing clothes that she likes. In response to your comment, activity that's supposedly sexual in nature shouldn't be the opposite of dignity. It is a horrible, sexist mindset that we as a society need to chuck in the trash bin in order to achieve equality and liberty.
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Vote Placed by kbub 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro was more convincing. MissyLee does not adequately address the subtle societal sanctions of rape that KaleBevilacqua claims is in the content of the song. Also, "She is obviously asking for it!" is not something you say, in life and especially debate. Also, "Don't go out and act like a whore, when you have no interest in being one" is super-rude.
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