Arts > Blurred Lines: the New Battle of the Sexes

08 May 2014 | by John Morrish

Blurred Lines: the New Battle of the Sexes


BBC2Named after a stupendously successful and tawdry song by American-Canadian R&B artist Robin Thicke, Blurred Lines: the New Battle of the Sexes (8 May) will have shocked most (adult) readers of this journal. The content was shocking; but the accompanying analysis was feeble.Kirsty Wark set out to investigate the mis­ogyny of modern Britain, centred around a “social media” environment in which men are men and women are bullied, insulted and sexually abused. Fearless academic Mary Beard led the way, patiently explaining why a blizzard of Twitter speculation about her private parts won’t stop her appearing on Question Time. She’s a woman, trolls. Get over it. Unfortunately, hateful behaviour towards women is not just the province of laptop-toting drunks. It


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