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Man Challenges the Idea That ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ Is An “Assault Anthem”

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She really did want to stay, but had to have a reason

The beloved (and reviled) Christmas song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” was written by Frank Loesser in 1944. Frank performed the cheeky call-and-response song for the first time with his wife Lynn Garland at a housewarming party. “We become instant parlor room stars. We got invited to all the best parties for years on the basis of ‘Baby.’ It was our ticket to caviar and truffles. Parties were built around our being the closing act,” she said of the song’s instant success.

The song has since been recorded by several artists, famous and regionally successful alike, over the past seven decades. It has endured mostly due to its sexually tense lyrics that listeners find intriguing, comedic, or even risqué. In this age of speaking out against sexual harassment and assault, some people have deemed the lyrics to be far more sinister. The song has been called out numerous times for being the prelude to a sexual assault.

But have we got it all wrong? This blogger seems to think so.

man trying to kiss uncomfortable woman

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