Friendly reminder that “baby it’s cold outside” is an actual song about rape.
Actually, not true as I recently found out from a friend.
Here you go: http://persephonemagazine.com/2010/12/listening-while-feminist-in-defense-of-baby-its-cold-outside/
This link tho. Yes
!!!! oh man I’m so happy for this argument—it backs up everything I’ve always used to justify my own enduring soft spot for that song (which I first got into long before “rape culture” was part of my feminist vocabulary). it’s always read as playful/flirty to me, & the fact that the woman actually has a voice in the dialogue feels incredibly important to that.
I saw a post on here the other day that said something like “‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ is the “Blurred Lines’ of Christmas songs” & I was like “nooooooooooo don’t say that” (while also conceding that the OP had a point). I certainly don’t judge anyone who gets squicked out by it, but I’m grateful to have a rationale for liking it beyond “because nostalgia.”
…a lot of this also comes down to the performances themselves & whether the woman singer comes across as uncomfortable (&/or whether the man comes across as actively predatory). if you do feel it’s a creepy sentiment (or even if you don’t) you’ll appreciate this send-up by the always-amazing Key & Peele:
"No volleyball play can begin without a serve, and the serve is the only technique that is totally under your control. In other endeavors, you cannot succeed without believing in yourself, and that belief is completely under your control."
Karch Kiraly (via mypreciouslittlething)
feeling obligated to reblog this because the beginning is just one character off from my URL.
Just figured out that my hair looks really good in the mirror in my boss’s office.
So not like I’m going to go down there a lot.
But not like I’m going to go down there none.
off-topic, but I want to publicly register my endorsement of this usage of “none.”
dudevolleyball has an axiom for the times when magical thinking is seducing you into inevitably being late to something: “you can’t get there in none time.” & it’s since creeped into my lexicon more broadly, to the point that I used it at work the other day:
me: “I mean, even if it’s an easy budget, it won’t take [“wait, would saying ‘none’ be weird?]…zero time to put together.”
coworker I barely know: "haha, ‘zero time’? I like that."
me: [unnecessarily launches into full explanation of “none time” per the above.]