If you identify as a feminist, or just as a person who is against rape, or against violence against women, or just in general think that consent is a needed for sex to happen between two people, you should not like this song! Its catchy. I'll admit to being lured in by its beats and listening to it before I knew the message behind it.
Anyone want to take a guess what what message this song is sending? "I know you want it"? "Just let me liberate you"? "And thats why I'm gon' take a good girl"? I don't know about you but some of those lines are extremely worrying to me. "I know you want it" sounds very 'rapey'. That combined with the line about "taking" a 'good girl' sounds aggressive. The whole song is derogatory towards women. It objectifies them- their personhood is ignored and they are not treated as equal to men (i.e. Thicke himself).
Let's look at the narrative of the song: We start off with the singer (a male) trying to send some kind of message to a woman. This message is apparently not well received and so the singer is going out of his mind. The man has apparently observed another trying to 'get with' the woman, as indicated by "ok now he was close." Now Robin Thicke has decided that women are animals, sexual in a way, exotic, but now we have removed personhood from them, and these 'animals' need liberating from their 'good girl' status!
Now some people might say this is a good message. Women have been told to stay in the kitchen and be 'domesticated' for a very long time and breaking free of that is a good thing. Unfortunately Thicke is not encouraging the woman to free herself but is saying that he (or men) is going to do it for her. So really she is not liberated from the patriarchy, she is still only bound by what men allow. Also of note is that calling a grown woman a "good girl" is infantilizing and only helps to contribute to the singer's objectification of her.
Continuing on: Thicke goes on to say that because the woman needs liberating he is going to "take a good girl." "Taking" a 'good girl' implies a very low level, if any, consent involved. Why else would you use the word "take?" To make sure I'm not just imagining this - the next lines are "I know you want it" and then "Can't let it get past me." This is all giving off some very aggressive signals.
Now the above is made worse by the lines that follow them. We will start with "the way you grab me, must wanna get nasty." So apparently a woman wants to have sex because she of how she is moving around you. Now that would sound a bit ridiculous if not for the fact that the song is called "Blurred Lines." The woman is apparently "blasted", which likely means that she is drunk or in some way incapacitated mentally. She is also giving mixed signals as shown by the line, "I hate these blurred lines" followed by, again, "I know you want it."
All of the above was just analyzing the first verse! In the second verse Thicke is talking about provocative clothing, "What do they make dreams for, when you got them jeans on." He also mentions the type of touching the woman was doing in the first verse. She wants to hug him and all he can think about is something else. This is then of course followed by the chorus in which the main line is "I know you want it." So because of her clothes she wants it but there are still blurred lines and he hates them.
Finally there is the third verse, which does not air on the radio (at least in the US). In this verse TI describes what he would do to this imaginary woman. He's gonna "give [her] something big enough to tear your ass in two," and he wants to "smack that ass and pull your hair like that." The first part just sounds disturbing to me let alone inappropriate. In addition to this, later in the verse he acknowledges that she is not responding to his actions which makes all of this sound like verbal harassment with a distinctly violent overtone.
In the last chorus, essentially it sounds like the woman is given something, and then Thicke gets the girl saying, "Here's our beginning I always wanted a good girl." Continuing with the "I know you want it."
If only I were done with this...Miley Cyrus, a young up and coming artist, I'm sure you have all heard of her (remember Hannah Montana?), agreed to spend part of her time on stage performing this song. Now for the sake of brevity I'm going to ignore some of the other criticisms of her performance and focus solely on this. Miley is clearly not a stupid young woman, as demonstrated by some of her comments on American society and what they choose to censor and pay attention to. Cyrus is coming into her own and as such is likely exploring her sexuality and so I don't particularly object to her being sexual. BUT choosing to be sexual and promoting a song which is so blatantly derogative are very different.
I do not believe that she is unaware of the controversy surrounding these lyrics, which means she chose to still go ahead with said performance in full awareness of what she was promoting. I can only say that this is sending a horrible message to young girls and developing young women. Yes, I want to encourage them to feel like they can be sexual, but NOT at the mercy of a man who treats them with such blatant disregard.
To put this all really succinctly: "Blurred Lines" is a terrifyingly sexist song and a stong indicator of our current rape culture. It is worrying to see developing young women, especially influential ones, buying into its message. /end rant
To end this on a slightly better note...here is my favorite parody of the song :)