Why can't i walk down a street free of suggestion?
Is my body the only trait in the eyes of men?
I've got some skin
You want to look in there?

Lays no reward in what you discover
You spent yourself watching me suffer
Suffer your words, suffer your eyes, suffer your hands
Suffer your interpretation of what it is to be a man

I've got some skin
You want to look in?
She does nothing to deserve it
He only wants to observe it

We sit back like they taught us
We keep quiet like they taught us
He just wants to prove she does nothing to remove it
We don't want anyone to mind us

So, we play the roles that they assigned us
She does nothing to conceal it
He touches her 'cause he wants to feel it
We blame her for being there

But, we are all guilty

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  • +6
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    yea this song is definitely about the objectification of women. it rings so true to. and it also is commenting on society's major role in this perversion.

    "we sit back like they taught us we keep quiet like they taught us he just wants to prove she does nothing to remove it we don't want anyone to mind us so we play the roles that they assigned us"

    society tells us that this is right, that this is normal, when in reallity it's really sad. this all roots back to thinking of the self as numero uno. we don't care about the girl, we just care about our own pleasure. i kno many ppl like this and i can confidently say that none of them are truely happy. the guy might be physically screwing over the girl, but he's also comitining a mental rape to her and himself as well. don't just listen to this song. realize the truth in it so that you may save yourself from yourself.

    Lowemanon March 10, 2005   Link
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    I really like the lyrics to this song. I like the fact that Fugazi are suggesting that we should break the gender stereotype when he sings about men's 'interpretation of what it is to be a man' and 'we play the roles that they assigned us'. The fact that they're also singing the lyrics through a female perspective also breaks the gender stereotype. I love fugazi for making me think that maybe not all men are idiots after all!

    replica8715on October 16, 2006   Link
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    The first I heard of this song was a film clip where Ian Mackaye explains what the song is about and talks about how he feels about it.

    Its about rape (yes marginalman) and how no one wants to talk about it because its such a horrible crime and yet it still goes on. That comes through pretty clear to me with the whole "suffer your words, suffer your eyes, suffer your hands" thing. Also "she does nothing to remove it" and "she does nothing to conceal it". The band are trying to get people to think about rape as a crime that has impacts on everyone, not just the victim.

    not sure if it was really that successful in sending out that message then, since everyone has missed the point.

    angertrainon May 29, 2009   Link
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    To me, it seems as if this song is definately about the objectification of women...yea..

    Chanbaraon March 16, 2003   Link
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    I never thought about it that way, but i should have. I think your absolutly right.

    plosionon June 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
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    pearl jam used to do covers of this. It's about the obectification of women, which is something I do all the time, and yet, still enjoy this song.

    iceburnon December 06, 2004   Link
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    OK, time to drop some real time knowledge here. Anybody who knows my handle, marginal man, will know I speak the truth. And you are all right, the song is about the objectification of women. But it goes deeper and more hardcore than that: in the late 1980s, before the song was put to a recording studio, the song was titled "Rape" and that is also the title on Fugazi's first demo tape, of which I have copy. I saw Fugazi in the late 180s several times before they shot to worldwide undergound fame, including once when they were atill a trio, minus Guy. This song, I believe, could be one of the most enjoyable, yet powerful political at the same time. I have not seen Fugazi since like 1995, so I do not know if they still do it live, but it is mesmerizing, and much longer, on stage. I'd like to see more discussion about this one.

    marginalmanon September 02, 2006   Link
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    It's a social statement, that's for sure. I think it has a lot to do with being a man and gender stereotypes. Basically how to be a man. Or a 'real man' by societies standards. It also is about the objectivity of women. I love this song for its message and its sound.

    combatwoundedkevon October 05, 2007   Link
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    hands down the best fugazi song

    caca_volanteon April 08, 2008   Link
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    When I saw them in New York in 99, they had a woman come onstage and sing the song.

    kyeoon December 23, 2009   Link

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