Christmastime is here again, and what would the holidays be without a warm fire, snowfall, and controversy? As I sit next to my fireplace staring out at a fresh blanket of snow, this year’s controversy is “Baby It’s Cold Outside”.
Is this song an innocent holiday classic from a bygone era? Or is it a dark misogynistic song with undertones of date rape?
I rather see it as a window into the complex intertwining of context, consent, and flirtation. And from a writer’s perspective, I see it underscoring the importance of nonverbal cues in character motivations.
(Also, I happen to like the song.) Continue reading “Baby It’s Cold Outside (So Can I Come Inside?)”