At the risk of becoming persona non grata I need to defend a perfectly sweet and seasonal song of persuasion (not a crime last I heard.)
The column in last week’s Review is an attempt to jump on the politically correct bandwagon and make “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” into something ugly.
The young woman is not a helpless little fool. She says “no, no, no” but clearly she wants to stay (“at least I can say that I tried”) but is weighing up the consequences of what her parents and the neighbours may say.
Luckily, Facebook didn’t exist back in the day so she didn’t have to worry about the opinions of thousands of “friends,”
The Me Too movement has arisen as an unfortunately necessary force against sexual harassment but this is not that.
Of all the versions of the song listed in the editorial, the one by the duo, She and Him, was omitted. It’s worth listening to for something completely different.
This world is becoming so very black and white, so very “if you’re not with us, your against us.”
Let’s hope that the pendulum swings more to the middle sometime soon.
In the meantime why not dedicate valuable editorial space to poverty, hunger, environmental degradation, loss of freedom of speech, the rise of populism, the plight of refugees and real sexism.
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