A number of radio stations have banned the popular Christmas song, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” saying the lyrics are controversial, offensive or are calling it a date-rape song. The Women’s Center for Advancement in Omaha is an organization that assists women and men with domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking. Spokesperson Elizabeth Power is pleased that the topic is on the table for discussion.
Power says, “Overall, we are really happy that people are listening to lyrics in songs and having discussions about what is appropriate and what isn’t. However, We did the research and we know the song was written so very long ago and know the intent behind it was not cohesive or threatening. We think if people are uncomfortable with it then absolutely voice their opinions on it but we kind of like the song. It’s nostalgic.”
The song was written by Frank Loesser and his daughter, Susan says it is not a date-rape song. It is a flirtatious song. Power agrees. She says when you look at more recent music genre’s, lyrics are much more violent towards women.
Power says the Women’s Center for Advancement has seen more activity since the #MeToo movement started. She says, “We have seen a tremendous increase in our services in the last 12 months. We think part of this is due to #MeToo. Part of it is we have more space in our new building. Part of it is people are starting to feel safer and understand there are services available to help them.”