Justin Timberlake & Robin Thicke: Using their power to keep women down, down, down (NSFW)

For people with so much money, you’d think they could come up with something a little more creative, no? Justin Timberlake’s new video for “Tunnel Vision” is appallingly boring and blatantly sexist, reminding us, once again, that misogyny has gone, and is going nowhere but up.

It’s difficult for me to express how much I hate this video. Are we literally moving backwards in this movement? Because between this and Robin Thicke’s latest festival of woman-hating, my feeling that we’re losing ground in many areas of the feminist movement is only solidifying.

What is it that people aren’t getting, here? These dudes are literally flaunting the fact that they can get away with whatever kind of sexist fuckery they want, and will continue to be revered, celebrated, adored, and rewarded for treating women like fucking decorations. I mean, are these dudes any different from pornographers at this point? In creating these videos, they’re successfully making millions off of the bodies of women.

Is this liberalism? Sexual liberation? Art? WHY doesn’t anyone give a shit about women anymore? WHERE THE FUCK IS THE WOMEN’S MOVEMENT?

And not only are these videos completely, overtly, unapologetically sexist, but they’re lazy as fuck. Timberlake’s entire video is basically shots of him (clothed) alternated with shots of writhing, naked women.

I honestly feel sorry for the women in these videos. And even more sad that these dudes get laid.

It’s days like these where I’m at a loss to understand why women aren’t joining the feminist movement in droves.

 

*Just a quick apology to all those who commented on this thread before my site went down — we weren’t able to restore the comments on the last two posts.

Meghan Murphy

Meghan Murphy

Meghan Murphy, founder and editor of Feminist Current, is a freelance writer and journalist. She completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog. Follow her @meghanemurphy

  • lizor

    Boo! Where did all the comments go?

    Anyone else sickened by the love-fest for Thicke after he changed his rape lyrics into some offensive shit about marriage (hmmm …. marriage and rape as interchangeable… where have we heard that before?) on a late-night hipster show.

    • Meghan Murphy

      I’m sorry! My database was stolen (which is why the site was down almost all month) and we found a backup but it was a little old so we couldn’t restore the comments on the last two posts :(

      • Lela

        Glad to see you are back up, Meghan, but very sorry to hear about what happened to your database. It seems there is no room for women’s dissent on men’s Internet. Apparently your voice, and the voices of a handful of other women, on a blog, present such a huge threat to men’s systems that they must not be allowed to exist online; no, any inkling of women acknowledging our reality must be stolen, eliminated. Meanwhile men’s abuse of women through prostitution and pornography thrives, the evidence rampant on the internet. Feminists could not hope to use such tactics as internet sabotage, because we know the boot of patriarchy would come down on us tenfold if we were to try. Men’s internet, men’s rules.

  • marv

    Meghan,I had no idea you were hacked. What a despicable act. My condolences for your emotional, physical and economic loss. Lela is right. The malicious treatment inflicted on you is proof that these men feel threatened by feminist speech and will engage in criminal behaviour to stifle opposition. They betray their own dogma of freedom of expression.

  • lizor

    I wondered if the site had been sabotaged. Just goes to show how very important your work is Meghan. You make a difference and I am very grateful to you for your courage.

  • Laur

    There is no way men who actually care about women can support robin thicke’s video. It is terrorism against women.

  • Michael

    Meghan, you might like the feminist response to Thicke’s video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tC1XtnLRLPM#t=66. What’s your view on it?

    I only started reading feminist stuff recently. My honest assessment. There has been almost no progress in the last 20 years in terms of real equality. I agree with you completely. I cannot understand why teenage girls and young women do not join the feminist movement in droves. Instead I see them qualify anything assertive they say with “I’m not a feminist but…”.

    To answer your question “Are we literally moving backwards in this movement?”, the answer is YES. The reasons why might be embedded in the comments I copied from the Timberlake video.
    Male….. “fap, fap, fap”
    Female… “Wow. I like it! Sexy, classy, pushing the envelope… Good job. I just hope no one under 16 views it. Two thumbs up!”

    As another youtube commenter said “Meh, I’m off to to watch some rappers slide their credit cards down some hoe’s ass.”

  • Vouchsafer

    Ok, my sister just sent me a link to this, had to share, I think it’s the same vid that’s linked by Michael above. I think it’s pretty funny. Even though they could have done a better job lyric wise IMHO, it’s still an attempt, and that’s kick ass in my book:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/03/defined-lines-robin-thicke-blurred-lines-parody_n_3860969.html

    PS – it’s a feminist remake of “Blurred lines” and it’s not too bad. they went a little easier on the menz than I would have, but hey : )

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  • Insidious_Sid

    Miley Cyrus has done more to put women back in her 5 minutes of fame than JT and RT can/will do in their entire lifetimes.