CHRIST­MAS

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News -

clas­sic Baby, It’s Cold Out­side, writ­ten 70 years ago, is un­der threat from #MeToo ex­trem­ists. They say it’s all about a man pres­sur­ing a woman to stay the night and the line, ‘Say, what’s in this drink?/ No cabs to be had out there,’ is of par­tic­u­lar concern as it im­plies date rape. But other fem­i­nists have hit back, in­sist­ing the song’s ac­tu­ally about an em­pow­ered woman be­ing sex­u­ally bold and us­ing the drink to give her­self plau­si­ble de­ni­a­bil­ity in a world where women were not meant to take the sex­ual lead. Call me old-fash­ioned, but I just think it’s a nice tune.

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