Virtual Musical Advent Calendar, December 3 : Baby It’s Cold Outside

Tod Kelly

Tod is a writer from the Pacific Northwest. He is also serves as Executive Producer and host of both the 7 Deadly Sins Show at Portland's historic Mission Theatre and 7DS: Pants On Fire! at the White Eagle Hotel & Saloon. He is  a regular inactive for Marie Claire International and the Daily Beast, and is currently writing a book on the sudden rise of exorcisms in the United States. Follow him on Twitter.

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18 Responses

  1. LeeEsq says:

    “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is a song that people take way too seriously. Every Christmas, you can find debates on the internet on whether or not the song is a “pro-rape” song because the man or wolf is trying to convince the woman or mouse (shouldn’t be cat and mouse or wolf and deer, as far as I know wolves and mice do not interact in nature) to stay the night rather than respect her wishes to leave. I recognize that consent is of absolute importance and that there is a fine, thin line between consensual seduction and immoral sexual activity but really. Sometimes intellectuals tend to over analyze things.Report

    • Alan Scott in reply to LeeEsq says:

      I’m vaguely creeped out by the song. You could spend plenty of time discussing why, of course, but the uncomfortable consent issues the song raises don’t show up only after dedicated critical analysis of the text. They’re right there on the surface.Report

    • Brandon Berg in reply to LeeEsq says:

      I take it to be him giving her excuse to stay. Plausible deniability.Report

  2. Reformed Republican says:

    Sometimes intellectuals tend to over analyze things.

    Isn’t that the whole point of our comment section here?Report

  3. J@m3z Aitch says:

    Tod, I’m really enjoying the historical perspective on these songs. Thanks much; these are great.Report

    • 1+. These are really fantastic.

      And, as a certain best friend and occasional co-blogger has said to me, it’s funny that this popular holiday song is premised on a young woman’s concern about her reputation as a virgin. Knowing this about it makes a lot more sense.Report

    • Michael Drew in reply to J@m3z Aitch says:

      + another. My keyboard’s all messed up, but I wanted to say so right after the ‘Merry’ post, too. Really great.Report

      • Captcha is messing up my ability to post direct comments. But I can do a reply to another comment. So while I affirm that this is a superb series of posts, I’ve this to contribute:

        Dolly Parton and Rod Stewart seems like it could have worked.Report

  4. NewDealer says:

    Excellent post Tod.

    I humbly request entries on

    1. Father Christmas by the Kinks

    2. Fairytale of New York by the Pogues

    3. Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight) by the RamonesReport

  5. Mike Schilling says:

    the now-classic rendition by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan.

    Which made the implied sex interracial. Consider my mind blown.Report

  6. Can’t believe I missed this entry in the Advent calendar. But, Tod, no reference to the Louis Armstrong/Velma Midleton version?

    For shame.Report