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Nada Surf on Rape Culture: “Robot”

Nada-Surf-The-Proximity-EffectFrom Nada Surf’s second full length album The Proximity Effect (1998), “Robot” tells the tale of normalized rape culture in the party scene:
You’re just walking ’round your little mazes
Figuring out how to get by
How to get laid and get famous
Get yourself paid, impress the guys
You’re taught to divide the world into
Buddies and wives, sluts and wimps
And ever since, you’ve kept a scorecard
How else to prove you’re such the pimp
 
You are just a robot
Executing a program
 
Get on the train where the crowd is tightening
To push yourself up against a girl
And when you’re not getting play, you keep trying
You don’t understand the consensual way
 
You are just a robot
An imitation of a man
 
She told me one night when we were lying quiet and cold
“Something not right”
It had been months since the good times
Once there was sun and now there was night
And she said to me as she turned on the light
“There’s something you don’t know keeps me from feeling right
I once knew a guy, I’d seen him around
He knew all my friends, he came from town
One night at a party, we both were there
He followed me into the bathroom, he grabbed my hair”
And she said, “I still remember just how the floor felt
And how my head would hit the tub”
 
Now where is that robot
Is he alive or is he done?
Does he breathe air that I breathe
Is he kept warm by the same sun?
 
Image via Nada Surf
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  1. saunsea
    May 20, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    One of my all-time favorite bands.

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    • May 20, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Abso-friggin-lutely!!! Easily the best band that emerged from the nineties. Every single album is amazing. Thanks for checking out the blog!

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  2. May 20, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Pretty powerful. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. May 20, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Reblogged this on Tiffany's Non-Blog.

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