A Feminist's Defense Of Baby It's Cold Outside

A Feminist's Defense Of Baby It's Cold Outside

"Say, what's in this drink?"
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One of the most discussed Christmas songs of all time is the classic hit, "Baby It's Cold Outside." It also happens to be one of the most controversial ones, due to the lyrics. If you take the lyrics at face value, it certainly is a bad song. It's about a woman insisting that no, she can't stay, and the guy she's with insists that she should stay and apparently has put something in her drink to make her want to stay. That seems horrible, and in the context of today, it truly is horrible. It's not at all a good song.

The thing that people forget when they listen to this song, however, is historical context. The song was originally written by Frank Loesser in 1944. That was seventy-two years ago. The world was a hell of a lot different seventy-two years ago.

The social climate of the 1940s was so incredibly different than that of today. Women and feminism were viewed in a completely different light then than they are in today's society. World War II was the first war that women were allowed to serve in, and even then it was only as nurses. The first female superhero, Wonder Woman, was introduced in this time period. Women did not do the things they can do today. Things were still incredibly traditional, and a woman staying alone with a man would have to give many excuses as to why she was staying, even if the truth was that she just wanted to stay the night with him.

When people pick apart the song, they tend to focus on the line "Say, what's in this drink?" When doing this, however, you ignore the rest of the context around it. "What's in this drink," was a question that people asked when they wanted to "blur their own responsibility for actions they wanted to take but that weren't considered proper." In a society where men hold all the power, the woman singing this long is her flipping the tables. She's saying that she wants the power over her life, that she wants to stay with him for the evening and if she has to blame that on drinking too much, then so be it. She is taking control over the situation, and that's truly something that's ahead of its time.

To look at this song through a modern lens is to ignore the history and the loops that women had to jump through to get what they wanted out of the relationships they had in their lives. Women had to do so much work to get what they wanted without being publically shamed for it, and that context is important to help understand that this song is just that; an anthem for strong, powerful women who worked to get what they wanted. And forgetting that is to forget an important part of feminism and women's history.

To cap it all off, here are a few of my favorite performances of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" for your enjoyment.

Elf - Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrel

Glee - Darren Criss and Chris Colfer

Idina Menzel and Michael Buble

Cover Image Credit: Erin Lyon

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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I'm Keeping My Christmas Tree Up All Winter And There's Nothing You Can Do About It

It's the WINTER Season... ;-)

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Or having a bad day, looking up, and seeing them shine.

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