Baby it’s Cold Outside and the #MeToo movement.
December 20, 2019
Despite how much I love Christmas, I really can’t stand Christmas carols. There’s two types, really. Songs that have been around for forever, and newer songs that were made specifically to sell for Christmas. The older songs just feel so outdated to me, and I hate that pandering of the newer ones, just the commercialization of what should be a special time.
Apparently, 1/3rd of Twitter agrees with me. By the way, have you seen a poll this neck and neck before? And one of the answers getting exactly 0 votes?
Anyway, I think my absolute favorite Christmas song is a parody of Baby it’s Cold Outside titled Baby Just Go Outside. After the whole thing a year ago about how the classic song is ultimately about a man pressuring a woman to stay, this song was jokingly recorded. If you haven’t heard it, I highly recommend you do! It’s really funny!
On a serious note, the #MeToo movement exposed a lot of things over the last couple of years. Men taking advantage of women had been commonplace for millennia, something that has been long overdue to change. What caused this to take place though? Something finally happened that was the catalyst of this change in thinking that has affected many of us.
(Edit after I reread this post: now I’m scared because this is such a sensitive subject and I’m a relatively light and fluffy blogger.)
Some people might call this some kind of political issue, but I prefer to keep politics out of it. I think most of us can agree that we should all be treated equally. We expect everyone in our society to be caring, considerate, and kind to each other. This is a good message.
I’m not going to talk about me during this post, other than I find that song really funny, but I’d rather just focus on the issue and make sure we’re all on the same page.
Did you know that this movement has its roots way back in 2006 on MySpace?! Well, wikipedia taught me something new, again! A woman, Tarana Burke, had been sexually harassed and came forward with her story. Many since her had shared their stories since then. It wasn’t until 11 years later, in the end of 2017, when it really garnered national and worldwide attention. Allegations came forward against some prominent figures and celebrities, and these allowed others to share their stories as well.
I think some people are quick to be dismissive about the whole thing because it’s been the status quo for so long. But the time had finally come for us all to be treated well. I argue that this isn’t about men taking advantage of women, this is about people taking advantage of others. People with power taking advantage over those with little power.
It seems much of this is centered around Hollywood, and I think that’s just because of the media attention it’s garnered from high-profile figures. Even the President of the United States was subjected to the scrutiny over it (though it had been already talked about since before his election).
I don’t think you need a lesson in what the right thing to do is.
If you’re a good man, thank you for being that way! If you’ve had indiscretions in the past, I hope you choose not to live that way anymore, and I welcome you with open arms.
If you’re a woman who has been affected by this, you can speak up, but only if you really want to. I understand that many don’t want to come forward publicly about it, but opening up to someone you trust, if possible, can go a long way towards your healing. For women who haven’t been affected, I encourage you to keep your heart open to listen to those who have been.
Regardless if you’re a man or a woman, treat each other with the same level of respect that you expect, no matter if it’s the same or another sex as you. I hope I always treat everyone with the dignity and respect they deserve. All my friends, I know you do as well.
Leave a comment and let’s discuss this further. I hope I was able to do this subject justice.
Thanks for taking this refresher course on #MeToo 101. Be kind, be supportive.