In an incredibly elucidating essay, vlogger Evan Puschak, aka The Nerdwriter, examines the 1991 Nirvana song “Polly” from their breakout album Nevermind. The song, despite its musical simplicity, is incredibly complex, as listeners are led directly into the mind of an attacking rapist and was based upon a tragic situation in which the unironically named serial rapist Gerald Friend attacked a helpless 14-year old girl with a blowtorch at his Tacoma mobile home.
Frontman Kurt Cobain, a lifelong feminist, wrote the song in order to bring awareness to the depravity of rape, stating to NME in 1991 that women shouldn’t have to be taught to defend themselves, instead men should be taught not to rape.
Rape is one of the most terrible crimes on earth and it happens every few minutes. The problem with groups who deal with rape is that they try to educate women about how to defend themselves. What really needs to be done is teaching men not to rape. Go to the source and start there.