Rickaroo, Your "that's just the way it is argument" is lame. I don't mean lame in the juvenile sense of the word, but in the "lacks merit" sense of the word. Your statement might be true, the objectification of women and sex is rampant within our society... SO WE SHOULD CHANGE THAT. We, as Americans, are among the luckiest people in the world that we are a part of a society that not only allows change but encourages it (to a certain extent). I may be young and idealistic, but I hope to never be so old or cynical that I merely except how things are as how things must be. Those are different. You admit, "Robin Thicke's song is just another in the cornucopia of sexually oriented rap/hip-hop songs." The point of this article and others like them is to point out the absurdity that there is such a cornucopia and empower people to CHANGE. (I am taking liberty in interpreting Mr. Cook's article and motivation. But writers don't write just so they can read their own material later.) In fact, Mr. Cook ends his article with,
"Picture it like a vaccine; introducing and discussing these topics with and among American males helps to encourage a positive outspokenness, an anti-Thicke version of the American male that refuses to blur any part of what is acceptable and what is not.
I'm starting with my own son."
That right there's call to action language.
Onewomansopinion, I thank you for your screenname, because you certainly do not share my opinion as a fellow woman. I hope you realize how lucky you are to have a committed partner with whom you can explore sexuality and "get nasty." Some woman don't get that courtesy, and for you to suggest that the song is somehow liberating to women (because now "good girls" know it's okay to "get nasty") is offensive. Furthermore, having a culture that is "open about sexuality" is different from one that objectifies women. We as a society are extremely immature when it comes to sexuality, and it's time for us to grow up.
For the record, if you have to convince, cajole, talk into, persuade, or do anything to have sex with someone you're doing it the wrong way, thinking about it the wrong way, and probably aren't mature enough to be engaging in such an act.
Thank you for this beautiful article, Mr. Cook.
I think "Timbo" could take a piece of kindergarden advice: if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. Death due to any cause is horrible, and anyone advocating prevention where possible is admirable.