Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Penned in 1944, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is a duet usually staged between a man and a woman. The lyrics place the pair at the guy's home following a date, with the woman lamenting that she has to leave and the man trying to convince her to stay. The complaints of skeeviness stem first from the song's overall tone, in which a man is putting pressure on a woman to engage in assumedly intimate behavior, and second from one now-infamous line in which the woman muses, "Hey, what's in this drink?" Well, I'm not the first to point this out, but based on the frequency of people bringing it up, it bears repeating. Consent isn't actually a problem in "Baby, It's Cold Outside," because if you pay attention, you'll notice that the inclination to leave isn't coming from the woman -- it's coming from the society that wants to control her.


Alternate links: Google News | Twitter

Here are all the statements she gives on the topic of heading home:

I really can't stay I've gotta go away My mother will start to worry My father will be pacing the floor I'd better scurry The neighbors might think I simply must go I ought to say "no, no, no, sir" My sister will be suspicious My brother will be there at the door My maiden aunt's mind is vicious There's bound to be talk tomorrow

The lady here expresses her concerns through a whole lot of words like better, gotta, and must. She anticipates admonishments from every member of her shitty, judgmental family, but she never implies the slightest moral qualm of her own.


Admin's note: Participants in this discussion must follow the site's moderation policy. Profanity will be filtered. Abusive conduct is not allowed.

What's happening here isn't all that hard to figure out, especially if you remember that the song was written in 1944. The woman wants to spend the night with her date. She just knows that if she does, she'll be scarlet-lettered by her community for having the audacity to make her own premarital sexual choices. She's not consternating over letting this guy down; she's consternating over being publicly and privately maligned for doing what she wants...

A short Medium piece I stumbled upon. The writer changed my understanding of the Christmas Classic, because I was definitely in the "That song is a lil' -----," camp.

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-12-23 01:00 PM | Reply

Now to find something written about the Christmas song "White Christmas," and the societal discrimination against "Black Ice."

#2 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-12-23 01:01 PM | Reply


Never saw anything like that in White Christmas.

#3 | Posted by thekrum at 2017-12-23 01:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

frak Fred Astaire.

#4 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-12-23 07:32 PM | Reply

...and cut to the chase -- pun intended -- did Jesus have sexual relations with Magdalene or not!

#5 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-12-23 07:35 PM | Reply

The pro-life movement sees it as having a subtext about the unborn, and it being cold outside the womb.

#6 | Posted by sentinel at 2017-12-24 12:24 AM | Reply

...and cut to the chase -- pun intended -- did Jesus have sexual relations with Magdalene or not!


Well, he did kiss her on the Whatever.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-24 12:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


#8 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-12-24 02:17 PM | Reply

no, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" is ---- shaming.

#9 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-12-25 04:25 PM | Reply

Comments are closed for this entry.

Home | Breaking News | Comments | User Blogs | Stats | Back Page | RSS Feed | RSS Spec | DMCA Compliance | Privacy | Copyright 2018 World Readable

Drudge Retort