Women view different songs in different ways. Often time the feminist view is thought to be the view of all women around the world. When you hear the song blurred lines many women started dancing in their cars and singing along. Why aren’t their voices heard just as loud? A popular Williamsburg blogger wrote her thoughts about not viewing popular songs as degrading. She in fact sticks up for the artist instead of chastising them.
Chelsea Fagan, whose blog “Thought Catalog” was featured in Madamne Noir, wrote about how much she feels empowered by songs like “Blurred Lines.” “Earlier this week, I wrote an article about the song “Blurred Lines,” and more specifically, how we should stop telling women what to be offended by — including songs like that. I (and other women I know) had been labeled “un-feminist” or expected to apologize for enjoying it, and I found the whole ordeal to be — if somewhat expected — extremely condescending.” In the rest of the article she talks bout dancing to this song and having fun. Women in club all the time dance to songs that are seen as degrading, but love every minute of it.
“Blurred Lines” director Diane Martel directed this video with an image of fun in mind. She wanted the women in the video to outnumber the men, and bring a playful side to the video instead of predatory. The video was a satire that focused on doing everything in a taboo matter that celebrates “degrading women.” In her Huffington Post interview she says, “We tried to do everything that was taboo. Bestiality, drug injections, and everything that is completely derogatory towards women. Because all three of us are happily married with children, we were like, ‘We’re the perfect guys to make fun of this.’ People say, ‘Hey, do you think this is degrading to women?’ I’m like, ‘Of course it is. What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I’ve never gotten to do that before. I’ve always respected women.’ So we just wanted to turn it over on its head and make people go, “Women and their bodies are beautiful. Men are always gonna want to follow them around.”
Sometimes a song it just a song no matter what the words say. It is all creative expression and can be taken many ways. The view of feminist is not the view of all women and therefore should not be considered the majority. No matter how women are represented in lyrics and music videos men will still look and them and think about them how they want to. The expression of the body is up to the person who is exposing their body. The public can victimize the “vixen,” but she may feel empowered.
-See more of this interview at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/27/blurred-lines-director-diane-martel_n_3509359.html
Visit Chelsea Fagan’s blog here: http://thoughtcatalog.com/chelsea-fagan/2013/07/i-am-a-woman-and-i-am-empowered-by-degrading-music/