Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

Reverse Roles

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This week in class we watched a music video called “Defined Lines”, which was a remix to the song “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. In this video, there were three casually dressed girls that sang about how they “didn’t want it”, while there were three men who only wore underwear. While the women sang, the men crawled around and acted like sex objects to the women. One woman had a leash on a man walking him around like a dog, and sprayed whipped cream in the guy’s mouth. In the original video with Robin Thicke, there were men dressed in tuxedos and three women who were dressed half-naked strutting around. So the “Defined Lines” video was giving a reverse view of the situation, and sort of mocked the original video. The women sang about how they were not plastic and how they weren’t sex objects. This video was funny, yet sent out a very true message. Women are often seen as sexual objects in music videos, advertisements, and many other things, and it isn’t okay.

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