A WOMEN’S charity boss has branded Robin Thicke’s top-selling music single Blurred Lines as ‘dangerous’ because it promotes the assumption that rape is acceptable.
The song, which takes its named from the apparent ‘blurred line’ between consensual sex and rape, includes the lyrics ‘I know you want it’ as well as some which are too explicit to print in the Mail.
The song has been criticised for encouraging the idea that ‘no does not always mean no’ and that some rape victims had ‘asked for it’.
Now, Dickie Chester-James, chief executive of Staffordshire Women’s Aid, said: “There is no blurred line. People either want to something they don’t.
“Some people might have these fantasies but in real life we deal with people who have been raped.
“In society there are these assumptions that it’s okay to force people to do things and in a lot of cases it’s the victim who is held responsible.
“The song is dangerous in terms of its impact on young people’s perceptions of relationships and sex.”
Mrs Chester-James also criticised the song’s video, which shows Thicke parading before topless women.
She said: “When I saw it I thought my God this is awful.
“The song has an abusive set of lyrics which are about controlling women and the video is exploitative of women.
“The fact that the song is readily accepted in society shows privileges men hold over women and those are played out in that video.
“It’s a popular piece of music shrouded in pornographic images.”
The song has been banned in some UK student unions because it violates university policies against ‘rape culture and lad banter’.
Mrs Chester-James said: “I really applaud the courage of the student unions. Often when people say this not acceptable they can get criticised.”
“It’s fine to have fun and games but it’s not fun to force people to do thing they don’t want to do.”