It’s officially December and holiday spirit is in the air. I have spent most this week listening to Christmas songs. I feel instantly happy listening to Feliz Navidad, I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas (don’t judge), and many many others. One song that no matter how many times I listen to it, still gives me the creeps; that song is Baby It’s Cold Outside. The whole sense of it being a romantic song for the Christmas couples doesn’t really resonate with me, I mean just read the lyrics.
“The neighbors might think – Baby, its bad out there
Say, what’s in this drink? – No cabs to be had out there.”
Okay I don’t want to go to extremes but one could interpret the second line to be that the man roofied the woman or simply that he is relying on alcohol to keep her from leaving him. And some may argue well it is bad out there and he is looking out for her, but come on that’s not the point of the song. The woman doesn’t want to stay with him because she doesn’t want to be intimate with him, but he is persuading her to do otherwise, though she has said no many times. This whole song just presents male dominance over the situation and presenting the woman as weak and can be easily persuaded, and that just isn’t right.
Also another part of this song that I don’t like is the apparent judgement this woman will receive if she spends the night. I get that this song was made forever ago, so there is a generation aspect to it, but this judgement is still present today.
Women at times get deemed a slut for sleeping with men who are not their significant other and that just doesn’t sit right with me. No one has the right to judge someone based on their sex life, especially during Christmas!
Now that I have ranted to you about Baby It’s Cold Outside, maybe you will think differently about this song and the context behind the lyrics. Either way I hope you have a lovely Holiday season and respect women at the same time, that’s my only request.