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re: Listening while feminist: a defense of 'Baby, It's Cold Outside.'
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 04:04 pm EST 12/03/18
In reply to: re: Listening while feminist: a defense of 'Baby, It's Cold Outside.' - JereNYC 02:59 pm EST 12/03/18

"What you actually hear when you listen to the song is one person trying to coerce another into doing something he or she does not want to do. "

With all due respect: Did you read the analysis? Hugely significant is the fact that the person in question DOES want to stay, but that person -- originally a woman, as the song was originally conceived -- protests that she can't (read: shouldn't stay) because of what other people will assume and think of her if she stays.

Yes, if the person in question REALLY did not want to stay for her own reasons and according to her own wishes, and the other person kept trying to coerce her into staying anyway, THAT would be a very problematic song. But that's not a valid interpretation of what's happening in the song, as explained in that excellent analysis.
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