This new piece explores the reality of equality in Britain today, where feminism is a dirty word and pornography is inescapable. Blurred Lines is a fast-paced, razor sharp glimpse of a culture which promised liberation and delivered Robin Thicke.
The play was fast and furious. Stereotypes of women and girls in 21st century Britain packed into an explosive and deliberate 69 minutes.
8 female actors depicted female issues that have been around all my adult life including the working mum, the teenage rape victim and the cheating husband . The word victim was poignantly missing and the high heel provided the motif. Under threat they were on, fighting back they were thrown to the floor.
Crisp, bold, witty and utterly engaging this piece, I felt, only touched on the beginning of an essential conversation.
As a mother of 2 girls I am acutely aware that they are entering a minefield of gender politics.
There is a naive belief that gender equality has been achieved already.
Todays challenge is to tackle and beat the discrimination that women experience on a daily basis including the alarming Social media misogyny that threatens to mute the female voice.
Caroline Criado-Perez campaigned for Jane Austin to be the first woman on a British banknote. A harmless proposition that resulted in a despicable, menacing tirade of Twitter abuse including gang rape, beatings and genatalia mutilation.
The most frightening aspect for me, for my girls, in society today is that Robin Thicke’s song and video, Blurred Lines from which the title of the play was taken is perceived as socially accepted by so many. Yes it was controversial and banned from student unions, rightly so, but it was still the best selling single of 2013.
In his defense Robin Thicke said – ‘We’re the perfect guys to make fun of this. People say, ‘Hey, do you think this is degrading to women?’ I’m like, ‘Of course it is. What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I’ve never gotten to do that before. I’ve always respected women.’
I guess all we can do is guide our children, boys and girls and do our best to teach them the true meaning of RESPECT!
Blurred Lines finishes at the Shed tomorrow. This is a fabulous play so if they bring it back like they are the equally brilliant HOME then GO SEE IT!!!
The National Theatre’s Shed is producing evocative, thought provoking theatre that is much needed. Please don’t ever tear it down, this magical space needs to remain intact forever!