So why was the Blurred Lines feminist parody removed from YouTube?

Defined Lines successfully achieves the sexual objectification of the male body and, though it patently isn’t a mission statement, it’s making an important point

Share
Related Topics

There is something sinister about the assertion that sexual objectification of women is a playful, beautiful thing. Especially when it is packaged in a way that is shiny and slick and appealing, and served up with a nifty, catchy, supposedly sexy song: as is the case with the fantastically popular, and fantastically overplayed single ‘Blurred Lines’, by Robin Thicke.

Because who wants to be a boring, dowdy, dungaree-toting, man-lynching feminist when you could be frolicking around in a music video, liberated and carefree, with Thicke and his pervy chums ‘appreciating your beauty’?

Despite the obvious appeal of life in Thicke’s harem, there have been reams of parodies of and responses to the idiocy of his lyrical take on the so-called ‘blurred lines’ between consensual and non-consensual sex. The most recent is Defined Lines, by a group of law students from the University of Auckland, and it’s without a doubt the smartest of the lot.   

Featuring three clothed women and three men in their skimpy undies, it’s righteously angry, unapologetically sweary, pretty risqué (dog leash, sex toys), and at times surprisingly uncomfortable. Defined Lines successfully achieves the sexual objectification of the male body and, of course, though it patently isn’t a mission statement, it’s making an important point.

Nonetheless, it’s perhaps not all that shocking that some hypersensitive bods at YouTube briefly removed the video yesterday on the grounds of ‘inappropriate content’, before swiftly returning it following a storm of accusations of hypocrisy (Thicke’s video remains).

You might hazard a guess that the offending ‘inappropriateness’ is something to do with the moment in which one of the video’s protagonists shoves a sex toy into the mouth of a half-naked male minion. Amusing if you remember that the video is a bit of fun, and making a point about the objectification of women.

On the flipside, it’s been rather less amusing to the sort of men (and women) who frequently, robotically assume that the aim of feminism is for women to ‘get one up on men’. This is the kind of person who honestly believes that all feminists are simply modern reincarnations of succubi with Twitter accounts – that feminism is basically a ploy by women to reduce men to quivering wrecks.

In this sense, the knee-jerk reaction to this affront to mankind as a whole is depressingly inevitable. It’s reminiscent of the sort of attitude that approves the tiresome double-entendre that allows old codgers to express their desire to bonk various women; but disapproves of swearing or talk of menstruation, on the basis that the latter are somehow more crass.

The reality is that, even in the 21 century, ‘saucy’ allusions to rape are acceptable, but whatever your message - even if it is slightly less morally barren than Thicke’s - if you come straight out with a couple of F-bombs while brandishing a vibrator, you can take a hike.

React Now

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Head of Marketing and Communications - London - up to £80,000

£70000 - £80000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Group Head of Marketing and Communic...

Nursery Nurse

Negotiable: Randstad Education Manchester: Level 3 Nursery Nurse required for ...

Nursery Nurse

Negotiable: Randstad Education Manchester: L3 Nursery Nurses urgently required...

SEN Teaching Assistant

Negotiable: Randstad Education Manchester: We have a number of schools based S...

Day In a Page

 

Ed Miliband's conference speech must show Labour has a head as well as a heart

Patrick Diamond
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments