“Tears In Your Eyes” – Anthony J. Shears
Women have always, always, had life much harder than men. Only recently have they even been able to vote in the US (19th amendment, 1920) and in some parts of the world voting is the least of a womans worries.
However, even in first world countries such as the US woman face difficulties in their own homes. According to a report by the United States Department of Justice, a survey of 16,000 Americans showed 22.1% of women and 7.4% of men reported being physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, cohabiting partner, boyfriend or girlfriend, or date in their lifetime. This is a disgustingly high statistic.
I have never personally experienced domestic violence, and I am very thankful for this. However, when I heard “Tears In Your Eyes,” the song made me angry. Not angry at anyone specific, but angry that such people existed and were tolerated in our society to some extent.
I continue to believe that the music we listen to influences our beliefs and the way we run our lives. Songs like this remind us that what seems obvious to most of us (don’t assault up your loved ones) is often not as widely understood as we would like to believe. It might be painful to listen to, but it should be. That is why this song is great, and why it is important that we listen so closely.