The original 1944 version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is a super-pleasant holiday tune ... that is, until you hear the lyrics for the first time. I'd call the fellow part of the duet a little more than ungentlemanly, more than pushy — well, a blogger put her own spin on it. It's short. It's to the point. And it's how the original version should have ended.
Oh, back already?
This brand-new, feminist-approved version is pretty amazing.
11 seconds in and he already gets it.
Respect women and their choices — whether it's the choice to stay with her square-jawed companion for the evening, perhaps to discuss which classic movie star inspired his mustache or whatever you two may have in mind — or whether it's to go home.
The original version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was made popular in a movie called "Neptune's Daughter":
...and if the lyrics didn't drive the point home in this clip, Ricardo Montalbán and his cartoon wolf impression will do:
Esther Williams just wants to leave, dude.
Taking away someone else's clothes so they will stay in your home (and then maybe make out with you) is a pretty childish way to flirt. And, of course, ignoring her decision because (you think) yours is more important is just Sexism 101.
Always the gentleman, this one.
So ... this grabbing he's doing...
He grabs her that way a lot. And is that OK?
Not OK on Christmas or any time of year, dudes.
The original song is so darncatchy, which is why it's still popular 70+ years later. But consent is a gift. Gifts are given, not taken.
Pass on the enlightenment, if you'd like. No pressure — and a Happy Festive Holiday Month to you all!