There’s been a lot of chatter on the internet lately in regard to misogyny in music. See the Blurred Lines Google feed. I accept the “controversy” behind it, but one argument that I saw online (sorry, I forget where) pissed me off.
Essentially the author claimed that people accepted misogynystic lyrics because they have been “trained” to do so. It’s an argument similar to that of rape culture and the perpetuation of rape culture, which I am fully in support of. However, I can’t agree with that argument when applied to music.
There are people who are actually petitioning YouTube to remove Blurred Lines because it violates their Terms of Service. Now understandably this is in direct relation to YouTube removing the Blurred Lines parody because the parody was deemed “inappropriate”; which pisses me off.
Here is my issue with the outcry against Blurred Lines and songs like it (and no I am not including outright abuse against a female music – e.g. Eazy E – Boyz N Da Hood); the misogyny you’re hearing is your interpretation. I am certainly not saying that these artists are (or are not) sexist misogynists – I can’t speak for someone I don’t know. I enjoy a lot of this type of music. It makes me feel sexy. Dare I say, it even makes me feel slutty. Sometimes I want to listen to music that makes me want to shake my ass, pretend I know how to twerk, or even -gasp- (pretend to) pole dance.
A lot of my friends have been rallying to ban this song, or at least rally their friends to be as incensed as they are over the song. I’m just sitting here thinking “But it makes me feel sexy…”