There's a different kind of "creepy" this October.
Sexual assault is not an isolated issue.
Never – under any circumstances – is any form of sexual assault acceptable.
It should not be in an entertainment industry. It should not be in politics. It should not be in people’s private lives. There is no place for these scummy acts in society.
It’s this sentiment that shines through in a classic Pearl Jam track that was, interestingly enough, never “officially” recorded. “Saying No”, played live in 1992, tells the story of a couple who is at a crossroads. The man clearly wants sex while the girl makes it clear that she isn’t interested.
Throughout the song, lead singer Eddie Vedder progressively brings more passion and anger when the girl is refusing the advances. Throughout the past weeks of allegations, the public has seen the same kind of thing in the media. The first accusations were not overly hostile, presented as fact more than anything. Then, as public outrage has grown so has public support and activism. The collective voices of women across the nation echo the sentiment of Vedder when, with angst in his voice, he sings “She says ‘Go to hell if that’s all you want me for’”.