Baby, It’s Cold Outside

It may be cold outside, but people are getting hot under the collar over a popular Christmas song.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside has been banned by several stations in the U.S. and Canada because the lyrics, according to some, encourage rape culture.

In 2018, when we’re trying to get the message across that NO MEANS NO lyrics like

I simply must go / The answer is no

do indeed send up a red flag, but…

This song was written in 1944 folks, and while I’m sure rape wasn’t unheard of back then, women couldn’t be upfront about what they wanted. Especially if what they wanted was sex.

The song is a vignette of an interaction between two people — coercion or collusion? I leave the interpretation to you.

As for me, I like Lady Gaga’s version 🙂

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19 thoughts on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside

  1. Yes! Thank you! We were literally talking about this at my house ten minutes ago. The people who are getting up in arms are half right. This song is about a woman’s right, but considering the time period AND the fact that the woman spends half the song dwelling on what everyone else will think, this song seems more about a woman’s right to say yes. I am very much an advocate of women’s rights, and she should have the right to respond to a man’s advances with yes or no. Either way, her decision should be respected.

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  2. That’s a fantastic version!!! Love it. Thank You. There is one between Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald that sounds absolutely hilarious. They are doing it live and the audience is cracking up. Gotta find that some day. Yeah. It’s of an era. It’s a flirtation, a dance….to me anyway! Cheers! 🙂


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