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Patsy Cline Music Deemed 'Dangerous' to Women
CNSNews.com ^ | April 9, 2002 | Dover Smeed

Posted on 04/09/2002 2:13:45 PM PDT by Moosejaw

(CNSNews.com) - A top researcher says a new study strongly suggests the music of country singer Patsy Cline contributes to depression, suicide and violent behavior by women.

An analysis of Cline's most popular music by Dr. Lenore Morose, head of the Womyn's Studies Department at Radcliffe College in Massachusetts, showed a high percentage of songs that focus on the personal hardship of women involved in unsuccessful relationships.

A summary of the report warned that listening to Cline's music could result in "a dangerous engendering of depression and inadequacy among women."

"The number of depressing songs is so high, her albums should be available by prescription only," said Morose, who calculated the percentage of Cline songs with negative themes at nearly 92 percent.

According to Morose, the analysis of Cline's 'Greatest Hits' album showed that 11 of 12 songs included in the release contained themes of "pronounced clinical depression, obsessive behavior, inconsolable anxiety, creeping insanity and revenge."

Morose noted that the song 'Back in Baby's Arms,' the only song on the album not classified as "depression inducing," includes lyrics that "allude to the same dangerous themes we see in so much of this music."

Several Cline songs were determined to be "particularly hazardous," according to the study, which was published Tuesday.

"It's one thing to engage in personally obsessive behavior, but to wish such behavior in others is reprehensible," said Morose, who cited the song 'Walkin' after Midnight' as an example.

In the song, Cline sings about 'walkin' after midnight,' in an attempt to locate a former paramour. The song ends with Cline saying she hopes the man with whom she was previously involved "may be somewhere a-walkin' after midnight, searchin' for me."

"This proves a real and dangerous lack of regard for others," Morose said, adding that another risk factor in listening to Cline's music was the "illogical and unfounded reliance on the oppressive white patriarchy."

The study cited the songs 'I Fall to Pieces,' 'Crazy,' and 'You're Stronger Than Me' as examples of music that "fails to celebrate the strength and power of women and subjugates all females to male domination," said Morose.

Most troubling to Morose was data suggesting that many of the 43 women currently on death row in the United States may have listened to Cline's music prior to committing capital crimes.

"There's nothing to indicate these women were not exposed to Patsy Cline's music before the commission of these heinous acts," said Morose. "This is a serious public safety issue."

The study prompted similar concerns by the Greater National Association of Women (GNAW), a feminist group dedicated to advancing women's issues at the state and federal level.

"The harmful effects of these songs are exactly what GNAW has been fighting for the last 40 years," said GNAW President Pat Coprolite. "Women can never throw off the yoke of male oppression with lyrics like 'I cried all the way to the altar.'"

Coprolite suggested an outright ban on songs by Cline would be in the best interest of women, saying "you wouldn't hand a loaded gun to a child would you? We need to protect women from this destructive influence."

Supporters of gay rights also seized on the study to criticize Cline for "an abject lack of diversity," in her music.

"There's not a single song about the hardships faced by America's enormous gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community," said Amanda Reltney, a spokesperson for the Rainbow Social Action and Justice League of San Francisco. "This absence of diversity wrongly implies we don't hurt as well."

The diversity issue may manifest itself in a challenge to the city of Winchester, Va., the birthplace of Cline and the location of the Patsy Cline Memorial Highway along a stretch of U.S. Route 522.

"When cities incite hate by honoring the non-inclusive this way, we are compelled by conscience to take action," said Reltney, who also said the society was planning a protest in the Virginia town later this month.

Industry officials dismissed the criticism of Cline, who was killed on March 5, 1963 when the airplane in which she was traveling crashed near Camden, Tenn. on a flight from Kansas City to Nashville.

"This is about as sorry as a two dollar watch," said Elmer Freed, a spokesman for the Country Western Music Alliance of Nashville. "Sounds to me like some Yankee rich college folks live in a plastic bubble or something. Patsy's music is just about living."

Freed admitted some of Cline's songs could result in feelings of depression among listeners, but defended the music.

"I guess they don't call it white man's blues for nothing, but this is the stuff of life," said Freed. "Some days are diamonds and some days are coal. I guess Patsy just sort of gravitated to the coal."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: countrymusic; patsycline; satire

1 posted on 04/09/2002 2:13:45 PM PDT by Moosejaw
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To: Moosejaw
whew!!! (breathing a sigh of relief that this is just a satire)
2 posted on 04/09/2002 2:17:19 PM PDT by TxBec
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To: Moosejaw
I have just one word to say about this:

Crazy

3 posted on 04/09/2002 2:18:42 PM PDT by San Jacinto
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To: Moosejaw
Hey Dr. Moron, you better get busy. Most of the Country music genre is about loss and much of it written and performed by women.
Me, I'm crazy 'bout "Crazy". Got referral?
4 posted on 04/09/2002 2:19:53 PM PDT by A Navy Vet
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To: Moosejaw
Hilarious! She probably had a government grant to waste on this. Maybe she should look at the suicide inducing lyrics of Alanis Morisette next or have a look at the effect Madonna's lyrics have on the teen pregnancy rate. What a waste of time and bandwidth (not you moosejaw, thanks for posting this).
5 posted on 04/09/2002 2:20:13 PM PDT by Arkie2
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To: Moosejaw
Funny, damn funny. Reprise, GNAW president Pat Coprolite. Bwahhahah. I really like this one alot. Who'll bite?

regards

6 posted on 04/09/2002 2:20:30 PM PDT by okiedust
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To: Arkie2
OOPS! Satire? I didn't see that. Gotta go see the dentist now and get this hook I swallowed removed!
7 posted on 04/09/2002 2:21:17 PM PDT by Arkie2
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To: Moosejaw
An analysis of Cline's most popular music by Dr. Lenore Morose

With a name like that, this has to be satire.

8 posted on 04/09/2002 2:21:45 PM PDT by aomagrat
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To: A Navy Vet
Great...missed the satire URL...don't I look STUPID? Got brains?
9 posted on 04/09/2002 2:21:58 PM PDT by A Navy Vet
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To: Moosejaw
"An analysis of Cline's most popular music by Dr. Lenore Morose...warned that listening to Cline's music could result in "a dangerous engendering of depression "

Is this a joke?
Who printed up the report? Dr. Inkster?

10 posted on 04/09/2002 2:22:47 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts
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To: Moosejaw
This just in:

P Diddy's music, much of which includes graphic descriptions of penis's ready for use on underage whore's, is art
and the right of our children to be exposed to it should be defended at all costs!

11 posted on 04/09/2002 2:23:33 PM PDT by zarf
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To: Moosejaw
Dr. Lenore Morose?

Seriously?

12 posted on 04/09/2002 2:24:14 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Moosejaw
I got halfway through the article (I think I was up to GNAW) before I went back to the top to see if it was from The Onion. When I saw CNSNnews I thought this has to be some kind of a joke. Fortunately, the last sentance put it together for me.

Well written! Satire is most effective when it is almost believable.

13 posted on 04/09/2002 2:31:43 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Moosejaw
If Hitlery can criticize Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man," I guess the mental health expert, Tipper Gore, should weigh in on "Crazy." Maybe it's what drove her over the edge, thus bolstering Dr. Morose's hypothesis! :)
14 posted on 04/09/2002 2:31:45 PM PDT by mountaineer
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To: Moosejaw
How about some country songs by men:

"I lost my wife, pickup truck, and even my dog!"

15 posted on 04/09/2002 2:32:00 PM PDT by RippleFire
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To: RippleFire
"There's not a single song about the hardships faced by America's enormous gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community," said Amanda Reltney, a spokesperson for the Rainbow Social Action and Justice League of San Francisco. "This absence of diversity wrongly implies we don't hurt as well."

Justice League of San Francisco. Now there's a scary image.

16 posted on 04/09/2002 2:33:28 PM PDT by far sider
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To: Moosejaw
What depresses me is Madame Dufarge and her buddies in the FR Smokers Lounge all screeching "Crazy" at the same time.
17 posted on 04/09/2002 2:33:43 PM PDT by metesky
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To: Moosejaw
Sounds like someone's been walkin' after midnight...
18 posted on 04/09/2002 2:36:30 PM PDT by BluesDuke
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To: RippleFire
If you play those tapes in reverse you get your truck wife and dog back.
19 posted on 04/09/2002 2:38:04 PM PDT by Chunga
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To: Moosejaw
Dr. Lenore Morose

Damn, damn, damn. Thought I had a hot one for my funny-names ping list.

20 posted on 04/09/2002 2:38:28 PM PDT by dighton
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To: TxBec
"whew!!! (breathing a sigh of relief that this is just a satire)"

You know, the really sad and scary thing about this article was that I got about two thirds of the way through it before I started to suspect satire. I have heard far more irrational things out of the left than what’s in this piece.

21 posted on 04/09/2002 2:42:57 PM PDT by Desron13
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To: Moosejaw
I got a head full of feelin HIGHER, and..an earful of Patsy Cline!

There is just no one who can touch her,

hell, I hang on every line...

22 posted on 04/09/2002 2:43:37 PM PDT by crystalk
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Patsy Cline's voice. In case one day we all forget what red neon looks like at the dark end of a street on a lonely, rainy night." . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charles Pierce--The 162 Greatest Things About America.
23 posted on 04/09/2002 2:47:23 PM PDT by catonsville
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To: Moosejaw
Depressing? Come on! Any Pink Floyd album makes Patsy Cline's entire body of work sound like one big up-with-people fesival.
24 posted on 04/09/2002 2:47:57 PM PDT by Prof_C_David
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To: Moosejaw
LOL!
25 posted on 04/09/2002 2:48:13 PM PDT by pubmom
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To: Desron13
I got a good laugh out of this part even before I realized it was a satire:

In the song, Cline sings about 'walkin' after midnight,' in an attempt to locate a former paramour. The song ends with Cline saying she hopes the man with whom she was previously involved "may be somewhere a-walkin' after midnight, searchin' for me."

"This proves a real and dangerous lack of regard for others," Morose said, adding that another risk factor in listening to Cline's music was the "illogical and unfounded reliance on the oppressive white patriarchy."

26 posted on 04/09/2002 2:49:29 PM PDT by TxBec
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To: Moosejaw
You ruined it at the end by saying it was satire! You had me going, I thought it was serious. "Dr. Morose" was a nice tough (morose=gloomy, melancholy).

Next time you post a piece like this, don't identify it as satire and see how many people fall for it.

27 posted on 04/09/2002 2:50:28 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Moosejaw
N'sync Music Deemed 'Dangerous' to Men
CNSNews.com | April 9, 2002 | Dover Smeed

(CNSNews.com) - A top researcher says a new study strongly suggests the music of N'sync contributes to depression, suicide and violent behavior by men.

An analysis of N'sync's most popular music by Dr. Lenore Morose, head of the Men's Studies Department at Radcliffe College in Massachusetts, showed a high percentage of songs that focus on the personal hardship of men involved in unsuccessful relationships.

A summary of the report warned that listening to N'sync's music could result in "a dangerous engendering of depression and inadequacy among men."

"The number of depressing songs is so high, their albums should be available by prescription only," said Morose, who calculated the percentage of N'sync songs with negative themes at nearly 92 percent.

According to Morose, the analysis of N'sync's 'Greatest Hits' album showed that 11 of 12 songs included in the release contained themes of "pronounced clinical depression, obsessive behavior, inconsolable anxiety, creeping insanity and revenge."

Morose noted that the song 'Back in Britney's Arms,' the only song on the album not classified as "depression inducing," includes lyrics that "allude to the same dangerous themes we see in so much of this music."

Several N'sync songs were determined to be "particularly hazardous," according to the study, which was published Tuesday.

"It's one thing to engage in personally obsessive behavior, but to wish such behavior in others is reprehensible," said Morose, who cited the song 'Walkin' after Backstreet' as an example.

In the song, N'sync sings about 'walkin' after backstreet,' in an attempt to locate a former paramour. The song ends with N'sync saying they hope the man with whom they were previously involved "may be somewhere a-walkin' after midnight, searchin' for me."

"This proves a real and dangerous lack of regard for others," Morose said, adding that another risk factor in listening to N'sync's music was the "illogical and unfounded reliance on the oppressive white patriarchy."

The study cited the songs 'Girlfriend,' 'Gone,' and 'Just don't tell me like that' as examples of music that "fails to celebrate the strength and power of men and subjugates all males to female domination," said Morose.

Most troubling to Morose was data suggesting that many of the 43 men currently on death row in the United States may have listened to N'sync's music prior to committing capital crimes.

"There's nothing to indicate these men were not exposed to N'sync's music before the commission of these heinous acts," said Morose. "This is a serious public safety issue."

The study prompted similar concerns by the Greater National Association of men (GNAM), a minimist group dedicated to advancing men's issues at the state and federal level.

"The harmful effects of these songs are exactly what GNAM has been fighting for the last 40 years," said GNAW President Pat Coprolite. "men can never throw off the yoke of male oppression with lyrics like 'I cried all the way to the bank.'"

Coprolite suggested an outright ban on songs by N'sync would be in the best interest of men, saying "you wouldn't hand a loaded gun to a child would you? We need to protect men from this destructive influence."

Supporters of gay rights also seized on the study to criticize N'sync for "an abject lack of diversity," in their music.

"There's not a single song about the hardships faced by America's enormous gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community," said Amanda Reltney, a spokesperson for the Rainbow Social Action and Justice League of San Francisco. "This absence of diversity wrongly implies we don't hurt as well."

The diversity issue may manifest itself in a challenge to the city of Winchester, Va., the birthplace of N'sync and the location of the N'sync Memorial Highway along a stretch of U.S. Route 522.

"When cities incite hate by honoring the non-inclusive this way, we are compelled by conscience to take action," said Reltney, who also said the society was planning a protest in the Virginia town later this month.

Industry officials dismissed the criticism of N'sync, who was killed on March 5, 2002 when the airplane in which they were traveling crashed near Camden, Tenn. on a flight from Kansas City to Nashville.

"This is about as sorry as a two dollar watch," said Elmer Freed, a spokesman for the Hip-Hop Music Alliance of Nashville. "Sounds to me like some Yankee rich college folks live in a plastic bubble or something. N'Sync's music is just about living."

Freed admitted some of N'sync's songs could result in feelings of depression among listeners, but defended the music.

"I guess they don't call it white man's blues for nothing, but this is the stuff of life," said Freed. "Some days are diamonds and some days are coal. I guess N'Sync just sort of gravitated to the coal."

28 posted on 04/09/2002 2:53:19 PM PDT by shadowman99
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To: Moosejaw
...GNAW President Pat Coprolite....

Coprolite is defined as fossilized dung.

hehehe.....

29 posted on 04/09/2002 2:57:49 PM PDT by Jonah Hex
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To: A Navy Vet
Got brains?

Yes, but they have to simmer for another 20 minutes. ;-)


30 posted on 04/09/2002 2:58:48 PM PDT by StriperSniper
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To: shadowman99
Industry officials dismissed the criticism of N'sync, who was killed on March 5, 2002 when the airplane in which they were traveling crashed near Camden, Tenn. on a flight from Kansas City to Nashville.

Nooooooooo! Say it isn't so!! : )

31 posted on 04/09/2002 3:00:26 PM PDT by TxBec
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To: Moosejaw
We need more Patsy Cline type songs for men: "My Tears Spoilt My Aim," "Momma's Snipe Hunting Up Yonder," "Don't Shoot, Honey, It's Only Me" and such.

All time best country song: Hank Williams'"Everything's OK."

32 posted on 04/09/2002 3:04:32 PM PDT by Mortimer Snavely
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To: Moosejaw
Feminism is so twisted that it should be satire.

"All heterosexual sex is rape" Feminist Katherine McKinnon

33 posted on 04/09/2002 3:07:44 PM PDT by moyden
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To: Moosejaw
Actually this satire is not too far different from some of the real things I've read from wacko feminists.
34 posted on 04/09/2002 3:08:14 PM PDT by driftless
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To: Prof_C_David
Pink Floyd depressing. You got that right. Their crap is played constantly on the audio system at my workplace. No wonder postal workers go bonkers. After listening to one of their interminable dirges about how rotten life is, I want to slit my throat and hang myself at the same time. At least most of the awful songs from then sixties were only about two minutes long.
35 posted on 04/09/2002 3:16:09 PM PDT by driftless
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To: driftless
We all know feminazis don`t care about Women!

Why Patsy`s music is not bad for depressed women( or men).

When I`m depressed, country music tells me I need a drink.
Sounds good to me,so I have one.

Then it tells me to "put another nickle in the jukebox", so I do and I pick a song that talks about "pouring blended whiskey down".
That makes me thirsty, so I get a Jack and coke.

Eventually, following the instructions of many knowledgable country singers, I pass out.
When I wake up later, I am so sick I forget about why I was depressed.When I finally start feeling better, I`m so thankfull the hangover is going away,I can`t be depressed.

The moral of this is, if your depressed, listen to lots of country music.

36 posted on 04/09/2002 3:21:15 PM PDT by philetus
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To: StriperSniper
Thanks. I'll be the one over in the corner with the blank look on my face.
37 posted on 04/09/2002 3:36:28 PM PDT by A Navy Vet
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To: philetus
Works for me. The old "drink till you feel like crap and when the hangover ends, you'll be glad you're alive." Is that a song yet? Should be. LOL.

regards

38 posted on 04/09/2002 4:06:50 PM PDT by okiedust
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To: Moosejaw
I admit, the satire eluded me as well, even after reading it several times.

The songs mentioned were generally written by other Country Western artists, although Patsy's rendition of them brought the tunes to the top of the CW hit list.

Rolling Stones ran a survey of acidrock groupies from the 60s/70s around 1990 and asked them who their favorite artists were and who matured to enjoy as they progressed through heavier rock n roll. Nearly 90% of those polled favored Country Western singers in their later years. Interesting little stat.

39 posted on 04/09/2002 4:16:36 PM PDT by Cvengr
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To: Cvengr
I guess a lot of us went back to Lukenbach, TX. (pardon any spelling error.)
40 posted on 04/10/2002 10:44:02 AM PDT by Moosejaw
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