The above links should be required reading for people who are suddenly up in arms about Baby It’s Cold Outside.
Back in the day when this little ditty was written, it was UNACCEPTABLE for a woman to stay the night at her boyfriend or fiancé’s house. Like, if you emerged from your boyfriend’s/fiancé’s house the next morning after a party, and someone saw you…girl you’d better be ready for some serious scandal and everyone questioning your reputation. Now-a-days, that viewpoint seems very anti-feminine…women should be allowed to stay the night with whomever right?
“What’s in this drink” was a common phrase of the time, often used by a person who wants to blame what they’re about to do on alcohol. It has NOTHING to do with him putting GHB or other date rape drugs in her drink.
In the song, the woman maintains her convictions to leave and never once does she cede them. She is only doing this to protect her reputation (see the lyrics about her family…since they’re obviously thinking the worst of her for staying).
The song was innocently written and has been around for 74 years!! And only now is it an issue. It wasn’t an issue for the people who wrote it, as they instantly became very much sought after for parties. It was a song sung to indicate to party attendees that it was time to head home.
If people want something to be enraged about in terms of songs that degrade women, here’s a list of songs:
Blurred Lines (Robin Thicke, T.I, Pharrell)
So Much Better (Eminem)
Gold Digger (Kanye West)
Better Than Revenge (Taylor Swift)
Fine China (Chris Brown)
Ain’t No Fun (Snoop Dogg)
U.O.E.N.O (Rocko, Rick Ross, Future)
It’s So Easy (Guns ‘n’ Roses)
Talk Dirty (Jason Derulo, 2 Chainz)
Bitches ain’t Shit (Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg)
Love Game (Eminem, Kendrick Lamar)
One Less Bitch (N.W.A)
Arms Around You (XXXTentacion, Lil Pump)
I Love It (Kanye West)
And there are many many more. Any of the above songs would be horrifically unacceptable and not tolerated on 1940s radio. But now they’re perfectly acceptable as they never made the news about how degrading they are to women in light of the #MeToo movement.
I hope this has enlightened the people who like to twist things to fit their own agendas (regardless of historical context), as well as those who like to blindly jump on bandwagons without doing their own research first.
All in all, listen to what you want…take it as you want…but don’t get pissed off when people point out how wrong you are and how hypocritical you are if you listen to any of the above songs or others like them.