It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. As we approach the festive season for another year, the controversy about the problematic Christmas classic ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ starts again. Well, this year one radio station took the song’s criticism one step further by banning it completely after countless listeners complained that the message behind the holiday song was inappropriate.
But despite the outrage, one former English teacher has stood up in defense of the holiday song. In a viral Tumblr post, they explain that amid all the controversy people are overlooking, that for its time, there is something inherently feminist about it.
In the era of the #MeToo movement (and even before) it’s hard to listen to the lyrics without applying our own social subtext (super rapey), but as the author writes in their defense – context matters. The pop hit was written by Frank Loesser in 1944 and as you will read, perhaps you need to adjust your historical lens to understand the real meaning.
And many people agreed with her