Two Universities In The United Kingdom Ban Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” For Promoting Rape Culture

The University of Leeds’ student union has banned Robin Thicke’s popular song “Blurred Lines,” saying it will not be played at any of the three nightclubs or two bars operated by the union. It’s the second university in the United Kingdom to recently take this stand, after the University of Edinburgh banned the chart-topper last week.

The officers in Leeds’ student union collectively made the decision to ban the song, saying it “undermines and degrades women.” The pop hit has beenwidely criticized for its lyrics connoting nonconsensual sexual activity — such as “I hate these blurred lines, I know you want it” — and its music video featuring naked women alongside fully-clothed men.

Alice Smart, one of the officers at Leeds’ student union, told the Independentthat students’ reaction to the decision has been largely positive. “A few students are asking why if we have banned this song, we aren’t banning everything, but we’ve chosen this one as an example, because it’s so popular,” Smart explained. “Blurred Lines” has reached number one in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and Australia.

The Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) relied on similar logic when it moved to ban “Blurred Lines” earlier this month. EUSA’s vice presidentpointed out that the song “promotes an unhealthy attitude towards sex and consent,” which violates the school’s explicit policy to tackle rape culture and sexual harassment.

Robin Thicke has brushed off the feminist critiques of “Blurred Lines,” saying it’s “irresponsible” to suggest that the lyrics are promoting rape, and noting that art is supposed to spark a conversation.

But this week, the Sociological Images blog pointed out that many of the lyrics in “Blurred Lines” are lines that actual rapists have said to their victims. Using images from Project Unbreakable — an online photo essay exhibit that features survivors holding signs noting what their rapists said to them before, during, or after their assault — the sociology blog was able to match up Robin Thicke’s lyrics with sentences that have accompanied real instances of nonconsensual sexual activity.

The issue of combating rape culture on college campuses has been especially prevalent across U.S. universities over the past year. Student activists havebanded together to pressure their university administration to take rape more seriously, and work harder to create an atmosphere where sexual assault isn’t tolerated and survivors are supported. Earlier this week, a group of college students sparked a widespread conversation about consent by playing a prank on Playboy Magazine, putting out a fake “guide to a consensual good time” that made it appear as though Playboy was prioritizing sexual assault prevention over partying.

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100 Colors

The French-born and Tokyo-based architect and artist, Emmanuelle Moureaux, is famous for her use of candy-hued colors in many of her works including her current project, 100 Colors, presented at the Shinjuku Creators Festa 2013 held in Tokyo. For many years, Moureaux has explored the use of color and traditional Japanese paper screens as dividers.


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“Wait…a Muggle healer? What do you need to see one of those for?”

“Oh, Ronald…”

“Isn’t St. Mungo’s good enough? You’re not dying or anything, are you?”

“For Merlin’s sake, Ron, I already told you-”

“I don’t get it. What do you need a Muggle healer-“

Doctor, Ron.”

“What d’ya need a doctor for that St. Mungo’s can’t help you with?”

“Ron…we’re having a baby.”






The Clockwork of Kingdoms

It has been one hundred years since the War of the Five Kings, since Daenerys Targaryen entered Westeros with her dragons, since The Others invades the North. The new threat managed to bring the feuding people together, and when the War of Ice and Fire ended, Daenerys was awarded the throne.

In the hundred years since that fateful day of her coronation, Westeros had been peaceful for the most part. The Kingdom had begun to change, society flourished, technology progressed, and religion morphed into different sanctions. However, everyone knows that peace will only last for so long, they have been anticipating something much darker approaching Westeros. That will consume people in a whole new way.

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Title: UnknownFlaws (Acoustic)
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You have always worn
your flaws upon your sleeve

And I have always buried them
deep beneath the ground

flaws (acoustic) / bastille

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Janelle Monáe - Behind The Scenes of The Electric Lady Album Photoshoot

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"This book is the next Harry Potte-"


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Once they had been six, five whimpering blind in the snow beside their dead mother, sucking cool milk from her hard dead nipples whilst he crawled off alone. Four remained… and one the white wolf could no longer sense.” - A Dance With Dragons