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I was not surprised to read Tim Martin was upset by anyone critical of the lyrics of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” He’s offended that people have protested a song that is over 70 years old, implying that because of its age, the song is beyond criticism. Let’s review:

(Woman) So really I’d better scurry …

(Man) But maybe just a half a drink more …

(Woman) … Say what’s in this drink? …

(Woman) I simply must go …

(Man) The answer is no …

The lyrics describe a woman stating she wants to go home; the man gives her a drink that she questions; and when she says she must leave, he says no. Absurdly, Martin calls this “flirtations” and blames women for the criticism of these lyrics, opining that women are the cause of bad conduct by men because women do not respect their body, tease men and have sex. Ridiculously, he opines the song “advances women’s rights.” A woman being fed alcohol or slipped a drug, and told she cannot leave when she wants to leave is not, under any definition of the word, flirtation; it is wrong and against the law. I, along with millions of women, am tired of being told attempted and actual sexual assaults is my fault and I have to change my attitude, conduct and clothing. Though I was not surprised by Martin’s column, I was offended by his misogynistic, myopic views, and disappointed that this paper continues to publish his misogyny.

Denise Martin, Eureka

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