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Robin Thicke's Video Made Us Sick -- So We Made Our Own

07/15/2013 12:34 EDT | Updated 09/14/2013 05:12 EDT
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So, this is what happened.

I heard Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' (who hasn't?) and had one of those visceral reactions that you aren't sure what to do with. My fists clenched. My stomach churned. That acrid taste of vomit reached up into the back of my throat.

Then I saw the music video and actually barfed in my mouth. Actually.

The extreme objectification of women, the laissez-faire attitude about crossing women's boundaries ("you know you want it"?!?) and Thicke's smug expression were absolutely unbearable. Something had to be done.

Many rad folks have been critiquing Thicke and his shitty, smash hit. The ways in which it legitimizes sexual assault, degrades women and further upholds rape culture have been written about all over the place. And still the song has continued to top the charts and burrow into our ears. So I wanted to do something different.

Rather than write about all of my outrage, I instead went to my pal Mary with the inkling of an idea. She, using her extreme intelligence and amazing vocal skills, took Thicke's song, rewrote it, and envisioned a way better, sexier music video. Our friend Brendan shot and edited our vision, and all of our friends danced in it.

To quote Mary:

Art is powerful, and we are in awe of rad artists who write political rhymes. Writing this song and making the video is one of the ways we're doing our best to promote enthusiastic consent and sex positivity in a shitty, heteronormative, patriarchal culture that objectifies women, normalizes rape and blames survivors for their assault because they had "blurred lines" or because something they said, did, or were wearing made their perpetrator "know they wanted it."

We don't want to have to listen to Robin Thicke tell us he knows we want it over such a damn catchy beat. We wanna dance to music that's sexy and radical.

The woman is a fucking genius. I can't say it any better. So, I will leave it at that.

Enjoy! Please consensually get down to our version as often as you see fit.

See the original vid here, and download the song to play at all your sexy parties here.

(Lyrics & Credits below)

Ask First from Brendan Anckaert on Vimeo.

Meet Our Body Image Heroes

Lyrics

Everybody listen up

Everybody listen up

Hey, hey, hey

Hey, hey, hey

Hey, hey, hey

If you can't hear what I'm trying to say

If you can't read from the same page

Just watch this video

Baby and then you'll know

To respect your lover's lines

So he is popular, played on the radio

Makes money in rape culture by degrading you

But we don't have to take it

Hey, hey, hey

No we can recreate it

Hey, hey, hey

Just let me demonstrate it

And that's why you need to ask first

No way to know I want it

No way to know I want it

Unless I say I want it

Ask first

Consent is sexy

Shows you respect me

I'll tell you what I need

Ask first

No way to know I want it

No way to know I want it

Unless I say I want it

Ask first

Cause if you grab me

I'll get nasty

I'll break your fucking knees

Why do fucking dudes think

a skirt means I want their dick?

I can get myself off

Keep your penis in your pants, Robin Thicke

Are you compensating?

Hey, hey, hey

You think you're x-rated?

Hey, hey, hey

This what you teach your babies?

Hey, hey, hey

So he is popular, played on the radio

Makes money in rape culture by degrading you

But we don't have to take it

Hey, hey, hey

No we can recreate it

Hey, hey, hey

Just let me demonstrate it

Hey, hey, hey

And that's why you need to ask first

No way to know I want it

No way to know I want it

Unless I say I want it

Ask first

Consent is sexy

Shows you respect me

I'll tell you what I need

Ask first

No way to know I want it

No way to know I want it

Unless I say I want it

Ask first

Cause if you grab me

I'll get nasty

I'll break your fucking knees

One thing I ask of you

Could I be the one who goes down on you?

Love the taste of you, the smell of you

But if you're not into it that's cool too

So just let me know if you want me to

Or tell me other things you like to do

Strap ons, butt plugs, back rubs and lube

If it's consensual then it's all cool

If you're not feeling it, babe it's fine

Then we can just go out to dine

Take you to the movies or for a swim

And you don't owe me a single thing

You know I love when you ask what I want

And what I want now is your mouth on my cunt

Suck hard, lick soft, slip your fingers in

I want them all, but thanks for checking in!

Pass the vibe, get down, get up

Does that feel good? Does that feel good?

Baby like it should

Hey!

Don't worry, I got dams, condoms, gloves to use for later

It's good to come prepared, I like when sex is safer

Here's my confession

Hey hey hey

I like these check ins

Hey hey hey

'Fore we get sexin'

And that's why you need to ask first

No way to know I want it

No way to know I want it

Unless I say I want it

Ask first

Consent is sexy

Shows you respect me

I'll tell you what I need

Ask first

No way to know I want it

No way to know I want it

Unless I say I want it

Ask first

Cause if you grab me

I'll get nasty

I'll break your fucking knees

Everybody listen up

Everybody listen up

Hey, hey, hey

Hey, hey, hey

Hey, hey, hey

Credits

Dance Dance Revolutionaries:

Alia

Beige Taupe

Brendan Anckaert

Cat

Emily "Bass Face" Davidson

J. Mary Burnet

Kaitlyn Ruth

Kaleigh Trace

Ma'am Stash

Rebecca R.

Smarzipan

Swayback

Tamara Huxtable

Vee

Directors: J. Mary Burnet & Brendan Anckaert

Videographer & Editor: Brendan Anckaert

Written & Performed by: Kaleigh Trace & J. Mary Burnet

Thank you One Block Barbershop and Venus Envy!