Margaret Whiting And Johnny Mercer – Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Romance is in the air at Christmas time. A persistent man wishes a date would not end, not truly because it is cold outside, but that he does wish to warm up with his girl. In 1940 this was charming. It still is. The interwining melodies just bounce! But Baby, It’s Cold Outside has been revisited in modern times for representing excessive pressure on a woman despite “no” meaning “no.” Date rape and violence against women are real and all too common. This song was not intended to be about that and nor is this post meant to put a humbug pox on Christmas. It is just interesting how the meanings of songs can be re-interpreted to make political points. It may not be fair to read into things what was not intended to be there?

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