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I Didn’t Realize How Wrong ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ Was Until I Heard This Version

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.

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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!

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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RumorGuard by The News Literacy Project.

The 2016 election was a watershed moment when misinformation online became a serious problem and had enormous consequences. Even though social media sites have tried to slow the spread of misleading information, it doesn’t show any signs of letting up.

A NewsGuard report from 2020 found that engagement with unreliable sites between 2019 and 2020 doubled over that time period. But we don’t need studies to show that misinformation is a huge problem. The fact that COVID-19 misinformation was such a hindrance to stopping the virus and one-third of American voters believe that the 2020 election was stolen is proof enough.

What’s worse is that according to Pew Research, only 26% of American adults are able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

To help teach Americans how to discern real news from fake news, The News Literacy Project has created a new website called RumorGuard that debunks questionable news stories and teaches people how to become more news literate.

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A mom describes her tween son's brain. It's a must-read for all parents.

"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

This story originally appeared on 1.05.19


It started with a simple, sincere question from a mother of an 11-year-old boy.

An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

It's a familiar scenario for those of us who have raised kids into the teen years. Our sweet, snuggly little kids turn into moody middle schoolers seemingly overnight, and sometimes we're left reeling trying to figure out how to handle their sensitive-yet-insensitive selves.


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