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 🙂