PCP: Popular holiday song sparks controversy
The classic holiday song 'Baby it's cold outside' has become a topic for dispute over the last few years.
December 21, 2018
Song depicts decades-old feminist struggle at its finest
Song challenges societal expectations.
The song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” has become a hot-button topic during the holiday season for snowflakes, sensitive left-leaning individuals, to prove how liberal they are. But this snowflake loves the song and finds no problem with the lyrics new-aged feminists often call problematic.
The lyric “say what’s in this drink?” is often used to support the idea the song is about date rape. However, the song, released in 1949, predates the use of date rape drugs by about 40 years, invalidating that argument.
This song expresses the frustrations of a woman existing in a patriarchal society who is simply trying to enjoy herself. Women are not allowed the freedom to enjoy casual sex or a drink without criticism, but the restrictions of misogyny were even more confining during the late ’40s. The woman’s hesitation is not of her own choosing, but because of the expectations of women living in that time period.
The woman in the song is not afraid of her male companion but afraid of the gossip and scorn that will follow her if she chooses to stay the night. By saying “there’s bound to be talk tomorrow,” she expresses her fear of breaking these societal norms.
The peak of unfairness is that the man in the song does not have to worry about his reputation because no one will judge him for his sexual activity. The woman, on the other hand, must worry about what “the neighbors might think.”
Popular holiday song fails to portray meaning of consent
‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ reinforces inappropriate behavior
The lyrics and intent behind the classic holiday song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” emphasizes the lack of understanding surrounding the meaning and significance of consent.
One lyric that particularly stuck out to me was, “say what’s in this drink?” This immediately screamed date rape to me. I have always been warned by women about the possibility of being drugged and taken advantage of. This situation is not something to be joked about, let alone to be sung about.
The 2014 remake includes another concerning lyric, “ah, you’re very pushy, you know? I like to think of it as opportunistic.” Although I can assume the intent behind both versions were positive, the song fails to make the distinction between actual and forced consent.
When the song was written in 1944, this behavior may have been accepted. However, in today’s climate, we can’t normalize rejecting no as an answer. Youth must be raised to know that no unconditionally means no.
The unacceptably large portion of young adults who fail to understand the meaning and importance of consent makes the outdated attitude of this song unacceptable.
Although this song is a classic part of the holiday season, it does not mean it is free of problems. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” should be taken out of the typical holiday song rotation to clearly indicate that consent and the possibility of date rapes aren’t to be taken lightly.