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Ah, the joy and hilarity of working in pop culture studies at a university--students come to you with scintillating requests such as the one I just received:

"Can you help us come up with a song about pornography to play during our power point presentation to freshmen?"

Yes, yes, it's a tall order. I couldn't think of any off the top of my head, so I thought I'd put the question to you guys. Obviously, this being a Christian college, the song is not meant to reflect the merits of porn. The song will accompany a message that focuses on the idea of sex as a good gift from God, and pornography as a distortion of that.

As the student told me, "We don't want something that screams PORN WILL ROT YOU"--but I'm having trouble coming up with something perhaps subtly allusive rather than heavy-handed and preachy. Anyone got any ideas? (By the way, I'd like to avoid CCM songs about this, because they tend to be, uh, heavy-handed and preachy. I'm wondering if, like, Bruce Cockburn ever did anything on the topic...)

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U2's "Babyface"?

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I don't have a good answer for you, kebbie. Certainly not better than "Babyface."

But now I've got my own issues. There's really no face-saving way to put this... does anyone have a proven method for getting the J. Geils Band out of my head?

Ugh.

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"Babyface" is a GREAT suggestion, Diane--although I'm not sure it's explicitly condemning enough for what these kids want to accomplish. I like its subtlety, but I don't know if they'll appreciate that. I'll pass it on, anyway.

Alan, I'm not exactly sure of the content of the PowerPoint, but I was told that a portion of it would contain a photo of a "perfect" peach (representing God's good gift of sex) and then a "rotted" peach (representing porn). So that's the kind of message we're dealing with here.

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Arcade Fire has two songs with lyrics that suit and atmosphere aplenty: Wake Up and Rebellion (Lies).

"Could we ever know each other in the slightest without the arts?"

« Nous connaîtrions-nous seulement un peu nous-mêmes, sans les arts? »

Quoted on Canada's $20 bill; from Gabrielle Roy's novel La montagne secrète. The English translation, The Hidden Mountain, is by Harry L. Binsse.

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No one has mentioned "Angel in the Centerfold" yet?

How about "Turning Japanese" ?

It's remarkable how quickly we can come up with songs about pornography. Now what does that say about us?

That we listen to a lot of rock music.

It had a face like Robert Tilton's -- without the horns.

- Steve Taylor, "Cash Cow"

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How about The Moldy Peaches' "Downloading Porn with Davo"

"There is, it would seem, in the dimensional scale of the world a kind of delicate meeting place between imagination and knowledge, a point, arrived at by diminishing large things and enlarging small ones, that is intrinsically artistic" - Vladimir Nabokov

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I never listened to them all that much, but weren't 'She Bop' and 'Dancing with Myself' more about masturbation, rather than porn? (Though I guess the two subjects do often go together...)

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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The above statement is SO PETER. smile.gif

I like Babyface, but U2 portrayed a lifestyle of porn much better with Even Better Than The Real Thing.

-s.

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I'll never forget the time an acquaintance of mine looked at me in horror when I mentioned that "Babyface" was about porn. They attributed that to me having "a dirty mind" and said it was just a love song and I was reading too much into it.

Scary.

P.S.  I COULD BE WRONG.

 

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"Sick of Sex" - Julie Miller

"Pornography" - the Cure

"Pictures of You" - the Cure wink.gif

...the kind of film criticism we do. We are talking about life, and more than that the possibility of abundant life." -M.Leary

"Dad, how does she move in mysterious ways?"" -- Jude (my 5-year-old, after listening to Mysterious Ways)

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Tho not specifically on pornography, and by a Christian artist, I would gather that the following song will score points for getting to the root of the matter, (while gathering demerits for sounding dated):

Michael W Smith's "Picture Perfect."

Nick Alexander

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