10 Songs Whose Sexual Politics Are More Troubling Than “Blurred Lines”

The controversy over Robin Thicke’s odious “Blurred Lines” is going to be one of those stories that just runs and runs, by the looks of it — just when everyone had started to forget about it, there was the whole VMAs debacle to remind everyone of the song’s unpleasant lyrics and general air of rapeyness. Apparently a student union in Edinburgh has banned the song completely, a move that raises all sorts of questions over the efficacy and ethics of censorship, but whether or not you support expunging it from the airwaves entirely, there’s no doubt that its take on sexual politics is thoroughly questionable. Still, there’s a whole lot of other songs you hear almost as often that are even more troubling. Like these ones, for instance.

Rolling Stones - Under My Thumb

The age-old story of shrew-taming, conveniently set to a nice, catchy tune by Jagger, et al. The Stones’ career hasn’t exactly been light on questionable lyrical treatment of women — see also “Stupid Girl,” “Brown Sugar,” and the enduringly loathsome “Some Girls” — but this is the most egregious example of flat-out misogyny in their catalog, made all the worse by the smug self-satisfaction with which Jagger sings his boasts about the song’s unfortunate subject being under his thumb.

The Knack - My Sharona

“Such a dirty mind… Always give it up for the touch of the younger kind…” Um. Yeah.

Eminem feat. Rihanna - Love the Way You Lie

Eminem’s career has also been characterized by his “issues” with women, most notably his ex-wife Kim Mathers, his relationship with whom has inspired some of his most intense and disturbing tracks. But there’s something particularly distressing about this, even more so than the likes of “Kim” or “’97 Bonnie and Clyde” — perhaps it’s the way Rihanna sings the chorus, a chorus that seems to imply that she’s just fine with being burned alive because she knows Em loves her really.

Snoop Doggy Dogg - Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’t Have None

Ah yes, the cheery ode to possible gang rape that represents the nadir of Doggystyle. In the days when Snoop came across like Tipper Gore’s worst nightmare rather than a cuddly, self-parodic Lion, he did plenty of envelope-pushing as far as questionable sexual politics went, but at least there was always an air of the arched eyebrow about his declarations that he “really didn’t love hoes.” This track, however, finds him turning the mic over to his boneheaded offsiders, with singularly depressing results.

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IDC I still find "Blurred Lines" troubling as hell. ONTD, what are your favorite songs with dubious morals?