No Answer for a Dancer

April 30, 2008 at 12:57 am 2 comments

As a response to my previous stripper post here are the lyrics to the Consolidated song No Answer for a Dancer.

(Image from Artists Direct web site)

If you’re not familiar with the band Consolidated, they are/were, perhaps, the most political and liberal of all bands ever, and I’m – probably – not just spewing hyperbole either. For a young idealist in the late 80’s and into the 90’s, though, they were gods of opinion.

I tried to find a video of the song, but the search was futile. Instead here’s a video of their song, America Number One:

This song, I think, captures the issues with the sex industry, and the problems of taking away that option from those who choose to participate.

This is the thing about pornography. If all parties involved are agreeable and are involved without coercion, then it should be fine, right? The problem is, coercion isn’t just blatant, nor is it just subtle. It’s inherent in society. It’s inherent in the drive for more money and plastic frivolity and uselessness.

It was after the show, I’m loading out the van

it could’ve been anywhere but in this case atlanta

a woman walks up while I’m packing

she says have you got a minute

I say yeah just a second

how are you did you enjoy the show

she said I did but I still have a question though

some of your remarks were confusing

especially the ones about pornography and prostitution

now let me understand this

that for women and children this is violence

well I appreciate the messages you’re giving

but I happen to dance for a living

and I want to know why you want to be my voice

taking away that which should be my choice

to seek gainful employment even it it means giving dirty old men enjoyement

now exploitation of anyone is wrong I agree

but this doesn’t apply to me

I’ve never been harassed while I work

and my bottom line’s phat

now sir can you deal with that

you could already call this a situation

this debate’s insane but I was on the spot

so I had to try to explain

her points were intelligent and simple

and I’m already feeling like Mr. guilty white liberal

just try to be sensitive

don’t act like I have any advice to give

let me make it clear I support you

in a man’s world a woman does what she’s got to

if this is your profession your sexual expression

your internalized oppression

I won’t doubt you

my only problem is with a society

that forces women into sexual commodities

where a third of all women are known to be sexually abused

before they’re grown

most raped most homeless and addicted

if this job were described to you

would you have picked it

average age fourteen yes obscene

made to look aroused by pain

children being raped with guns and knives

that’s not speech but the taking of innocent’s lives

if you happen to be the exception that’s cool

but let’s consider the overwhelming rule

we parted ways with no resolution

you can go back and forth and never find a solution

the only point I wanted to make to her

is while all the liberals and pornographers decide where the line

between porn and erotica is

this is what prostitution really is

a question of censorship alright

of women’s and children’s rights

and there’s no first amendment protection

for those unable to raise an objection

if they weren’t silenced they’d sound an alarm

and we’d all know the difference between speech and harm

you want to mutilate youself on film

that’s your choice

but can we protect those without a voice

I’d never get your face

I just don’t want you to end up like Linda Lovelace

the bottom line is I’m a man

and I listen to you because I could never understand

I haven’t got shit tosay

but if I don’t say anything

how long will it be this way


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. tshirtman  |  May 18, 2009 at 7:45 am

    The “exception” should have the right to live with her body and with her opinion, porn and prostitutions are not the problem, human treat is the real problem, fight the real problem. stop.

    • 2. C. Fraser  |  May 19, 2009 at 1:38 pm

      I agree, the problem goes deeper than what we see on the surface of pornography and prostitution.


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