Quick and dirty.

This is going to be a short one, but it’s been making me crazy, so I need to see if other people feel the same way.

I love and value good writing. Not just in books. On television, in songs, in movies, whatever.

I’m not a prude, and I don’t have a problem with sex, with dirty words, whatever. (I do, however, wish I’d taken my husband’s advice to NOT look up what The Human Centipede was about after I read a sidebar about the movie in Entertainment Weekly. Don’t do it. Trust me. Don’t.)

(Okay, if you’re like me and you HAVE to look, at least look on Wikipedia. God only knows what a Google search will turn up.)

(But don’t look. Trust me.)

Now I’ve completely digressed.

While I love hearing clever lyrics in a song about sex, I absolutely hate when the lyrics are straight out vulgar. I know this might make me sound like a hypocrite when I have the F word in my novels, but I don’t mind profanity. I do, however, have a serious problem with a song called, “Down On Me.” I mean, come on. Thank god I have XM so I don’t have to listen to more than a note before realizing I have to change the station. The song is by an artist named Jeremih, and he might be the greatest new thing since sliced bread. I won’t listen to it. Especially since his previous single was a song called “Birthday Sex.”

There’s a song by Flo Rida called “Right Round,” loosely based on the eighties song of the same title, and while that song is obviously about oral sex, the guy at least dresses it up a little. It’s all metaphor. Or for a more classy top 40 example, go listen to “Come on, Get Higher” by Matt Nathanson. (Come on, really listen to the lyrics.)

Does this bother anyone else?

Maybe I’m just nuts.

6 thoughts on “Quick and dirty.

  1. AGH NO *shields young innocent eyes from dirty facts of life*

    Re: swearing, I think it works best if it’s used sparingly in a novel, but F-bombs just really get on my nerves.

    Re: sex — UGH. Don’t do it. For me, it’s just crude and unrealistic and usually is accompanied by regret and grossness and all that nasty stuff. *shudders*

  2. LOL. Now I really want to find out about the human centipede. But as I’m short on time, I’m not gonna. šŸ˜› Okay, maybe later…hehe. I totally agree with you on this – I think if you want to write about sex (in a song) you can do it in a tasteful way. But I guess tasteful doesn’t sell these days šŸ˜‰

    I get pissed off by a lot of rappers in general and their “down ass bitch” ways with lyrics.

  3. Oh my.
    This is so junior high. Believe me; I have to deal with sick humor every single day. I’d never heard this song before — and I think I’ll pass on hearing it again.

    A funny thought, though: I must’ve been past the age of 20 when one day what “Fat Bottom Girl” by Queen is all about hit me like a ton of bricks. Up until then, I’d just sung along without ever thinking about the words. I still like the song, but it is a bit ewwwww if you think about it.

  4. I dislike crassness on an artistic level because it’s lazy. Really, really effing lazy. You like blowjobs and you want hot girls to give them to you, Jermia (or whatever your name is)? NO! GET OUT OF TOWN!
    I think all kids in every generation think that they invented sex, and that it’s brave to shake up their staid elders by flaunting it, but it comes off as childish and gratuitous and tacky.

  5. I should have trusted you. Good lord. I feel really sick right now.

    In general, I despise crassness. I’m not averse to most swearing and tend to write characters for whom it’s part of their verbal repertoire. However, I do avoid music or material that’s just downright crass, because along with it seems to come disrespect for and dehumanizing of the sexual partner, as if they only exist for the gratification of whoever’s singing the song or whatever. Does that make sense?

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