“'No Pain' is so much more than one person’s story – both metaphorically and literally. All profits from Emily Blue’s Another Angry Woman will go towards funding RACES (Rape Advocacy, Counseling and Education Services), a rape crisis hotline in Blue’s Illinois community Champaign-Urbana that was recently defunded. (The organization’s webpage states: As of June 1, RACES services will be limited to the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline and Medical Advocacy. All other services have been suspended due to the Illinois budget crisis.)
I hold the hands of so many more
who cry in the night and endure it
They’ve had to walk this broken floor
They’ve done all they can to get through it
Nothing can take that away from me
I have so many things to believe in, you know
Rape is not an easy subject, but it cannot be “taboo.” We have to talk about it, so that we, both as individuals and as a society, may confront rape and those who perpetuate it head on.
A body is not a commodity to be exchanged for goods and services – there is no good in a service if it is solely servicing the good of someone else. Emily Blue’s “No Pain,” and the accompanying visual, aims to show this, revealing the strength of those who have risen from the ashes after being so badly burned. It is the power anthem that we may not necessarily have anticipated, but it is certainly one we so desperately need."