LySaundra Janeé

Music. Justice. Resilience.



Christmas Songs Are Better With Consent

Unless you hate the sound of bells or songs about the joy of cold weather, it's safe to say everyone loves a good Christmas tune. If you're like me, you likely begin listening to Christmas music on the first day of Kwanzaa through Christmas day.


I figured since Jesus wasn't actually born on December 25th, it is my duty as a Christian to celebrate his birth (and Santa, and Rudolph, and snow) all year round.

Of all my favorite Christmas songs and melodies, I don't think one makes me as uncomfortable as "Baby, It's Cold Outside". The song was written in 1944 by Frank Loesser, who was also the writer of the popular (and God-forsaken) "Heart and Soul". The lyrics are in the form of dialogue between two presumed lovers, and as the woman in the song prepares to leave after an evening together, the man proceeds to coerce her into staying by pointing out the inclement weather - as if she didn't know it was Winter or snow in the forecast before she arrived. Like she doesn't own a coat. I wish a kneegrow would...



"Baby, It's Cold Outside" is essentially the staple Christmas song for creep dudes (or, ehem) who don't know how to take "no" for an answer. "I really can't stay" should never be followed up with a "But, baby, it's cold outside".

If you want to woo someone, order an Uber or Lyft for them. That's sexy. That's charming. That's keeping money in my pocket to spend on a peppermint mocha. And that's not being a creep who can't take "no" for an answer.

While 2016 has been the year of never-ending disappointments, the internet and musical artistry has not ceased to exceed my expectations – and that includes Christmas music.

A couple from Minneapolis, Minnesota decided to rewrite the popular tune to include consent. Relationships may come with hardships *cue Last Christmas*, but they should never come with the pressure to stick around when you're ready to go home. Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski's remix of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" gives us the refreshing lyrics of what Christmas love songs should be made of – consent and respect. Christmas music already gives me incredible joyous feelings, but these lyrics just add to the joy that should be felt when spending the holidays with loved ones.

Lady: "I ought to say no, no, no, no"
Respectful dude: "You reserve the right to say no"

The only creepy Christmas song that should be on your playlist is "The Grinch". Take a listen to the consensual goodness below:

On another note, if you purchase the song anywhere online, a portion of the proceeds will go towards the Sexual Violence Center of Minneapolis and the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

<3 LySaundra Janeé