The Ban on Blurred Lines
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Edinburgh's daring decision to ban the ubiquitous summer hit has pushed other universities to follow suit in a move to clamp down on lad culture. The chart-topper that has boomed through stereos and musical channels alike will echo no more in student unions in Derby, Leeds, Edinburgh and now possibly the University of the West of Scotland. Thicke’s single, whose controversial lyrics veer from the uncomfortable repetition of "I know you want it" to the overtly offensive "I’ll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two", has been deemed inappropriate by student associations eager to purge on-campus sexism. Many have been vocal in their support of this measure to address misogyny. According to Holly O’Connor, the president of the University of Derby’s student union, most students agree that a song that decries the "blurred lines" between consent and assault has no place at a progressive student union: "All the students I've spoken to are really offended by the song because it promotes rape and lad culture." "We wanted to take a stance and say that it is not acceptable to objectify women in such a way. The song suggests there are blurred lines in sexual consent and obviously there are not. It's important that our venues are all safe spaces, which is why we chose to ban the song."
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