Tuesday, December 11, 2018


The following is an editorial.

From time to time an issue arises that cannot be adequately covered in Saturday's regular feature: THE WEEK IN REVIEW.
I've posted editorials and closer looks at specific topics before, but thought that this article needed a subtitle, hence PONDERING.
Now then...

A radio station recently decided to stop playing ♫Baby It's Cold Outside♫ because of how some women have been treated over the years, which led to the #MeToo movement.

This decision led to national attention, even to the point of one famous singer's daughter weighing in on the subject.

Okay, I can understand the station's concerns.
While they are far from "the weaker sex", ladies are certainly the more targeted gender between sexual assaults, the proverbial glass ceiling, and other inequalities.

The radio station has since reversed their decision.
This was also their right and choice.

In its earliest form, ♫Baby It's Cold Outside♫ is basically about a man trying to convince a woman to stay with him instead of trying to brave the elements to complete her journey home for the night.

Granted, some later versions have gotten more risque that Dean Martin's rendition, but here's what I'm pondering...

Suppose the woman was trying to convince the man to stay with her because of the bad weather?
What would the public's reaction be then?
Just something to ponder...

Lee Houston, Junior
Editor-In-Chief, The Free Choice E-zine

The above was an editorial, and all links were active at the time of posting.


Roger Stegman said...

you asked the question about what if the roles were reversed. here are two classics.

Lady Gaga - Joseph Gordon-Levitt Baby It's Cold Outside
starts after a discussion with kermit the frog.

Betty Garrat and Red Skelton

Richard Gordon said...

I think Mr. Houston was politely trying to say that the woman in question would be called a lot of nasty things (s---, c---, wh---, etc) that don't actually apply to a lady, even within a society where the current President of the US claims women should be grabbed by the p------.