Exactly one year after the rape case in India that made international headlines, Whistling Woods International has created a video that turns the male gaze back on itself. The video shows four scenarios where women are partaking in their daily activities, but are subjected to the male gaze. After the men ogle the women, a reflective surface intervenes and reminds men of their pervasive gaze.
The song of this year's summer has definitely been Robin Thicke's Blurred lines...and its everywhere from the radio to VMAs.
The song has been the topic of much discussion and countless blog posts and articles, as well as parodies, have been created discussing how demeaning the video/song is of women. The articles often dicuss how the song promotes rape culture and demeans women worldwide.
Since we've seen a lot of parodies and articles I thought I'd share some that really made me think so you guys can decide yourself what kind of message Thicke sends to men and women worlwide.
Warning: The articles, parodies, and actual video are quite raunchy and are very sexual, as well as emotional when discussing personal rape stories. If you are under 14 or don't feel comfortable with any of these topics please do not watch them or read the articles.
For those of you who have heard the song but don't listen to the lyrics you can find them here so the articles make a bit more sense.
But of course, we're not going to force you to look at only one point of view and follow our opinions, here is an article criticizing the criticism of Robin Thicke so you can get another point of view.
Here's the original video and you can find some parodies here and here (they're a bit raunchy so we'll link them for you to watch...but if you're OK with that its definitely worth watching! It calls out on the sexist lyrics and messages!)
If you're like us & constantly find yourself surrounded by mainstream media (which we assume you are), then you're aware of Miley Cyrus & Robin Thicke's recent performance at the VMA's. There have been multiple articles regarding Miley's behavior, but what about Thicke's? He is the married one after all, and it's not like his summer hit "Blurred Lines" (though extremely catchy) promotes values any young girl should aim for. Anyone catch the promotion of rape culture in there? I can't help but equate this situation to that of Kristen Stewart a few months back. Recall that when Kristen was found having an affair with Rupert Sanders the media attacked her calling her a "home-wrecker" when in fact Sanders, the man with the wife and children, was left alone.
We see this a lot in mainstream media, sexism is built into our society and has become a social norm so much that we don't even notice it. You ask someone if sexism still exists and they say no, but how can one deny these basic & common examples of women being shamed for something a man is just as guilty of?
I don't want to mistake anyone that I'm encouraging Miley's behavior at all, but we must admit that she is just doing her job. As an entertainer, she is expected to be constantly doing controversial and outrageous things. The more she's talked about, the more attention and popularity she will get. However, breaking a barrier that young girls are supposed to be submissive indeed does not deserve such bad press. Yes, maybe she went about it in an overly raunchy way that sets a less than desired example, but at the same time she represents this growing attitude that women are demanding to be seen as something other than the girl who steps aside for the man to take control. Miley shows us that women can be just as aggressive, and that is the right attitude if you ask me.
And let us not forget another great point to consider; Why is everyone so focussed on this story when there are far more important stories to be spending our energy on, such as the recent issues in Syria, Lebanon and Egypt? Specifically, stories about US involvement in Syria, for example.
What about articles recalling that today is 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have A Dream" speech or that a 54 year old male teacher who raped a 14 year old girl is ONLY getting 30 days in prison? Read about that here.
It's an interesting fact that all we really need to do to study human behavior is log onto any of the popular social media sights (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram..etc) to understand where the minds of our world are today.
(Comic & title taken from David Hayward)