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Women's rights organisations have demanded music industry leaders take heed of criticisms involving "sexist and racist" content in music videos.

The End Violence Against Women Coalition, Imkaan and Object have published a report, called Pornographic Performances, condemning the portrayal of women in pop videos as hyper-sexualised and "endlessly sexually available" objects.

Those who view such videos have been found to have an associated tolerance of racist, sexist and even rape-tolerant attitudes, the research states.

Calvin Harris' Summer, Never Say Never by Basement Jaxx and Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines are cited in the report, which is being sent to leading figures in the music industry, as well as media regulators and politicians, with recommendations of change.

The three organisations advocate compulsory age ratings for all music videos, to ensure there is consistency in the regulation of music videos viewed online and on hard copy, as with film.

Sarah Green, of the EVAW Coalition, said: "Some forms of media, such as television and film, are well regulated and our society accepts and supports this. Other forms like music videos are getting away with very little scrutiny and as such seem to be competing for who can most degrade and insult women."

"If the 'creative' people who make them won't stop this, regulators should rein them in and implement age ratings," she added. [IB Times]

The Basement Jaxx video in question can be viewed below...




Comments (10)

Is this still even relevant? Not feminism, of course, but music videos.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 11:00 AM

shutting down speech and content is for some reason feminists' most favorite hobby. anyone that's ever left a comment on a feminist blog quickly learns that (hint: your shit gets deleted unless it agrees with the post).

this is the PMRC in 2014 clothing. embarrassing.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 11:03 AM


Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2014 11:29 AM

They aren't wrong, but the videos aren't the problem. Society is racist and sexist and popular culture reflects it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 11:33 AM

Modern society is getting more and more devoid of righteousness.
Just keep your minds in candy crush while civilization goes into decline.

Posted by The man with the robust mustache | August 11, 2014 11:54 AM

i like to fart in my hand and then smell that hand

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 2:35 PM

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon you.

Posted by Jules | August 11, 2014 5:37 PM

Portraying women as sluts is what rock and roll music is all about

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 9:30 PM

Is this still even relevant? Not videos, of course, but feminism.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 10:24 AM

Report says that too many bands outright fucking suck.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 8:47 PM

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