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December 24, 2006

"Baby, It's Cold Outside"

Brad has an interesting post on the Baby It's Cold Outside. I'm glad I'm not the only person who finds the full lyrics to the song somewhat disturbing.

Contemporary radio versions usually omit what appear to be date rape jokes...

My mother will start to worry. (Beautiful, what's your hurry?)
And father will be pacing the floor. (Listen to that fireplace roar.)
So really I'd better scurry. (Beautiful, please don't hurry.)
Well, maybe just a half a drink more. (Put some records on while I pour.)

The neighbors might think ... (Baby, it's bad out there.)
Say, what's in this drink? (No cabs to be had out there)
I wish I knew how ... (Your eyes are like starlight now.)
To break the spell. (I'll take your hat, your hair looks swell.)

I ought to say no, no, no sir. (Mind if I move in closer?)
At least I'm gonna say that I tried. (What's the sense of hurtin' my pride?)
I really can't stay ... (Baby, don't hold out.)
Ah, but it's cold outside.

Brad has some very interesting observations about the history of the song. I agree that the song is intended as a light-hearted parody of seduction--not as a straight-faced endorsement of date rape. This is supposed to be a mellow, funny song about seduction. The joke is that the guy will go to any lengths to get this woman to stay over. But some of his ploys just don't sound as funny to a contemporary audience. At the time the song was written, the average listener probably didn't consider date rape to be rape. These days, it's not as easy to laugh along.

Moving from the questionable to the downright icky, Why I Hate DC has a delightfully scathing synopsis Franklin Schneider's creepy adventures in the DC bar scene.


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A couple notes more or less relavent to the post above, or to a theme of positive sexual role models for women, at least (sorry for the pasted URLs, I'm not sure how to code URLs for this blog):

One, I'm sad to say that related to the Addams Family / Munsters reference above, Yvonne De Carlo, the woman who played the hot gothic mother "Lily Munster" on the 1960s TV show "the Munsters" (and so much more in her earlier career), passed away January 8th.

The Washington Post reports:

"Yvonne De Carlo, 84; Said Her 'Munsters' Role Made Her Hot"

And Wikipedia points out "Despite popular belief, Herman and Lily Munster were not the first television couple to share the same bed." Looks like they were just about tied for third, however.


And two, there are headlines today about Michelle Manhart, a 30-year-old former Air Force drill serganet who is in the February issue of Playboy. The San Antonio-Express News reports:

(begin excerpts)

"A SeaWorld-area mother of two whose husband is also in the Air Force, Manhart, 30, was photographed for the magazine last spring."

"I was extremely excited about it," Manhart said. "I remember asking, 'Is there anything beyond this? What else can come of this?'"

That is a question the Air Force is trying to answer. Manhart last week told a superior she would appear in the next issue of Playboy and was relieved of duty pending an investigation.

"This staff sergeant's alleged action does not meet the high standards we expect of our airmen, nor does it comply with the Air Force's core values of integrity, service before self and excellence in all we do," Lackland spokesman Oscar Balladares said, reading from an Air Force statement. "It is not representative of the many thousands of outstanding airmen who serve in the U.S. Air Force today."

(end excerpts)

Maybe there will be blog posts over whether or not she should have posed, and whether or not she's representative of women in the Air Force. At least she's a grown-up woman who is obviously capable of doing what she wants to do, and capable of defending herself and leading others to do likewise and more.

I'm glad she's here in the USA and (relatively) safe, and I hope that the troops we have halfway around the world come home safe, and soon.

It sounds like Lindsay just needs a good fuck.

Jeesh people, what is your childhood trauma? Taking a charming budding-romance song and making it about date rape?! THIS is the most ridiculous conversation I have ever seen on the internet. Congratulations!... spend the prize money on theapy.

Who ever looks to much into a simple song is ridiculous, it's please leave all your modern day bullshit out of a simple song, your whats wrong with people not the song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I recently heard this song for the first time, and was performed by "Margaret Whiting" & "Johnny Mercer".. What a wonderfully sung and lighthearted song of the 1940's...WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!!! As far as this writer is concerned ~ after the 40's & 50's is when everything started to fall apart in this country. Take that broomstick out of your ass!

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