If It’s Not Hurting You

“That’s not sexist,” he says, as she strips on the screen.

“She showed a lot more in that men’s magazine.”

“She’s an object,” I say. “Irrelevant to the plot.

It’s about telling women, ‘Shut up and look hot.’”

But he likes naked chicks,

Is that such a sin?

Why does he care

If it’s not hurting him?


“I’m not racist,” she says. “I have a black friend.

I just don’t believe that the races should blend.

The illegals come here and steal all our jobs.

They need to learn English – they’re ignorant slobs!”

Being white makes you lucky –

No hoops to jump through.

Racism’s not bad

If it’s not hurting you.


“The gays force their beliefs and have lots of sex!

They’ll redefine marriage – who knows what’s next?

They flaunt their lifestyle, even during the day!

It’s like they’re all trying to turn our kids gay!”

Straights can get married,

Show their love with a gem.

If they’re blocking gay rights

It’s not hurting them.


“You can’t have an abortion, because I don’t agree.

I’ll make the decision – you’re public property.

You had the sex; in fact, you’re a slut.

So you will be punished. Now keep your legs shut.”

Women don’t own their bodies,

It’s different with men,

Having no choice is okay –

If it’s not hurting them.


“There’s a war on religion led by liberals and gays!

They’re persecuting us when we don’t get our way!

This nation is Christian! Your history tells lies.

Jesus is the truth!” (Well, it’s my truth in disguise.)

Church and state combine

When voting from the pew.

Legislating belief is fine –

If it’s not hurting you.


“The poor are just lazy – they don’t like to work.

They want us to pay while they get the perks.

Now, perks for the wealthy is the American way!

Tax breaks and loopholes let us keep all our pay.”

You don’t have to share

If the scale favors the few.

When the poor kids don’t eat,

It’s not hurting you.


You take for granted your freedom and rights

If you never have to struggle and never have to fight.

You can use your position of privilege and luck

To selfishly judge, because who gives a fuck?

It’s not your problem.

You don’t have a clue

What it’s like to be hurt

When it’s not hurting you.

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