Sunday, November 28, 2010

Does anybody hear her?

photo credit: Ian Britton, FreeFoto.com
Yesterday, I wrote about an organization based in my area that's working to end human trafficking.

Today's post might be a little more challenging.

Another organization based in my area, Eve's Angels, reaches out to women in the adult entertainment industry.

I learned about the organization and its founder Anny Donewald from Margot Starbuck's article A New Message at the Strip Club-Church Showdown.

As I see it, the groups these two organizations work with are more alike than different.

Some might take issue with that statement, objecting that trafficked women are enslaved by someone in a position of power, and forced to perform against their will. They would say that women in the adult entertainment industry aren't imprisoned, but are there of their own volition.

Maybe.

When I think about women in either situation, I can't help thinking about Jesus' story about the shepherd who looks high and low for a single lost sheep. The shepherd loves and values that sheep, regardless of how she got lost.

On the Casting Crowns website, just before the lyrics to Does Anybody Hear Her, the group issues a strong statement:

"They are all around us. To become numb to their pain is to become numb to the very heart of God and the suffering of His only Son."



Does Anybody Hear Her
Written by Mark Hall

She is running
A hundred miles an hour in the wrong direction
She is trying
But the canyon's ever widening
In the depths of her cold heart
So she sets out on another misadventure just to find
She's another two years older
And she's three more steps behind

Does anybody hear her? Can anybody see?
Or does anybody even know she's going down today
Under the shadow of our steeple
With all the lost and lonely people
Searching for the hope that's tucked away in you and me
Does anybody hear her? Can anybody see?

She is yearning
For shelter and affection
That she never found at home
She is searching
For a hero to ride in
To ride in and save the day
And in walks her prince charming
And he knows just what to say
Momentary lapse of reason
And she gives herself away

Does anybody hear her? Can anybody see?
Or does anybody even know she's going down today
Under the shadow of our steeple
With all the lost and lonely people
Searching for the hope that's tucked away in you and me
Does anybody hear her? Can anybody see?

If judgment looms under every steeple
If lofty glances from lofty people
Can't see past her scarlet letter
And we've never even met her

If judgment looms under every steeple
If lofty glances from lofty people
Can't see past her scarlet letter
And we've never even met her

Never even met her

Does anybody hear her? Does anybody see?
Or does anybody even know she's going down today
Under the shadow of our steeple
With all the lost and lonely people
Searching for the hope that's tucked away in you and me

Does anybody hear her? Does anybody see?
Does anybody even know she's going down today?
Under the shadow of our steeple
With all the lost and lonely people
Searching for the hope that's tucked away in you and me
Does anybody hear her? Does anybody see?

He is running
A hundred miles an hour in the wrong direction

2005 Club Zoo Music (BMI) / SWECS Music (BMI) (adm. by EMI CMG Publishing)

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2 comments:

  1. Interesting. There are also power issues in the adult entertainment industry and in a culture that views women as (and encourages them to act as) objects of entertainment for men. Our society teaches women that their proper relationship to men is one of sexual submission. Whether or not women are in adult entertainment they are still taught to relate to men as if they are. It is disturbing.

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  2. Exactly. It's a much bigger issue than I can tackle, but I agree -- the power issues go far beyond enslavement in the typical sense. And we can tend to think of a word like "consent" as a binary thing, but it's far more complex than that.

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