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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The New Puritanism

My favorite version of this was from the "Elf" soundtrack.  This is my new favorite.


When you make Camille Paglia  sound sensible, you've gone too far.

*If you don't hear this, especially in the version above, as a very playful seduction tale, then we really have nothing further to talk about.  Well, on this subject....


Blogger rick allen said...

Another excellent reason to keep any more elves from crossing our border!

10:54 AM  
Blogger The Thought Criminal said...

It wasn't ever my favorite song though the version that Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer sang is OK.

What I've really got a huge problem with is that the very same people who make a big deal about that song would go nuts if you talked about the inadvisability of people going to pick up bars or parties and getting sloshed. Not to matter the promotion of the attitude among boys and men that leads to the feeling of entitlement that is behind rape and the cultural coercion on women (and boys for that matter) to be sexually available.

The version with Mae West and Rock Hudson is downright surreal.

11:02 AM  
Blogger June Butler said...

At the time when the song was popular, I didn't think of it as a seduction song. It was years later when I realized what was going on. I was incredibly naive as a teenager. All the good Catholic school girls I knew were. And yet, we thought early Rock and Roll songs like "Work With Me, Annie", and "Sixty Minute Man" were just fine for jitterbugging in a lounge (no minimum age requirement in the ancient days), but we knew better than to buy the records to play at home.

Yes, by all means, let's go back and clean up all the old songs. We are losing our sense of play.

12:44 PM  

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