Friday, July 5, 2013

Looking past those Blurred Lines…

by Liz

You may be familiar with Robin Thicke’s new single Blurred Lines featuring T.I. + Pharrell.  A catchy tune that has me dancing every time I hear it, yes even at the office.  This has made for an awkward encounter or two when caught by co-workers.  Yes… it really happens.  This song was the part of my 4th of July conversation and the concern that some folks have for the women’s movement and somewhat ‘rapey’ theme/message of the song.  

Until this conversation I never really thought about the WORDS of the song.  All I thought about was the entertainment/captivating beat that was a great addition to my run mix.  Now that my eyes are opened on this particular song I feel a wee bit guilty when listening to it.  Have I stopped listening to it?  Umm… No.  And, I will most likely not stop.  This is not the first song or artist that has pushed offense in their music.  It comes with the territory of free expression and entertainment.  That is all songs, movies, t.v., and books really are; entertainment.

It is nice to have those ‘guilty-pleasures to escape to.  However, they do make us feel guilty sometimes which then makes that internal dialogue go on overdrive.  Maybe a little shy to share with co-workers, friends, or family that you actually love watching THAT show/movie, listening to THAT song or artist, or reading THAT book.  You’re totally thinking about what THAT means for you, right?  I know I just did:O)  Why are we so worried what others think?  That by considering something pleasurable, but feeling guilty because we fear that others will discover how lowbrow or embarrassing our taste might just be.  It can be so confusing and makes me relish on the saying that ignorance is bliss. 

For a girl that blushes pretty darn easily I cannot afford to feel guilty at every turn for my taste in campy entertainment, racy or poppy songs, or anything really.  It’s just part of being me.  Frankly, that is okay.  Embrace the guilt!

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