Friday, May 09, 2008

Things that suck

Graham Parker's well-known anti-abortion ballad "You Can't Be too Strong." The sort of conventional wisdom is that this is a song that even pro-choice people can appreciate the power of even if they don't agree with it, but NO: it's just grotesquely maudlin. No song that features first-person narration from a fetus can be any good. Call that GeoX's First Law. If we must tolerate such a thing, it would be preferable to go with "Diary of an Unborn Child," which at least is funny.

Funnily enough, I have a difficult time sympathizing with men who get all teary-eyed about women's reproductive choices. For extra fun, check out this allmusic song review, the author of which clearly never learned the lesson of The First Thing To Do If You've Dug Yourself Into a Hole:

"The woman is not vilified for her act; to a large degree, she's portrayed as a victim of a man who lacked the conviction to face his responsibilities, and to a lesser extent the victim of a physician who performed the abortion rather than confronting his own moral qualms about it."

Yes, if only we had strong, brave men to protect weak, feeble-minded women from their foolish, scatter-brained decisions. I may not always see eye-to-eye with your more strident brand of feminist, but sometimes this stuff just writes itself. Jayzus.


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