It took 74 years for radio listeners to realize the song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Frank Loesser should have been cut before it ever hit the airwaves. The 1944 Christmas “classic” promotes the idea of date rape, as the lyrics describe a man pressuring a woman to stay while she repeats “no, no, no,” and insists on leaving his house. When the woman is telling the man she needs to leave, the man rebounds her suggestion with “baby, it’s cold outside.” Even though this song may seem cheesy or harmless at first, the man is disturbingly coercive if you really listen to the lyrics of the song. The same goes for the performance of the song in the 1949 musical “Neptune’s Daughter,” as the man advances several times, blocking the woman’s path to exit his house. “I ought to say ‘no, no, no, sir (Mind if I move in closer?),’” you can see the persistence the man took when getting denied a couple times. We live in a time where it’s common for women to experience sexual harassment in the workplace or get cat-called on the street. According to NSVRC, 91 percent of victims of rape and sexual assaults
It’s been said that in this day and age it is very difficult to say anything without offending someone, and the more time passes, the more I am starting to agree with this saying. This year, ears have turned away from the classic Christmas song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” written by Frank Loesser in 1944, who wrote the song to perform with his wife at parties. The song was performed five years later in “Neptune’s Daughter” and since then has been reimagined countless times with artists ranging from Dean Martin to Meghan Trainor. Recently, however, the song has been banned from multiple radio stations, taken off many playlists. People have claimed that the song is a story of a date rape, with predatory lyrics of a persistent man who refuses the answer “no.” Let’s start with the claim that the song tells the story of date rape. But the only evidence supporting this claim is when the woman says, “Say, what’s in this drink?” This lyric has led people to believe the song is implying the man has slipped a drug into her drink in order to get her into bed. I’m not ruling out the possibility that the speculations
Social media recently featured the creation of the #HimToo movement, a group supporting and spreading the idea that men are commonly falsely accused of sexual assault. This faction is meant to counteract the #MeToo movement, a group that advocates for sexual assault victims. #HimToo originated in early October when a mother took to Twitter to discuss how her son, Pieter Hanson, developed a fear of dating due to the “risk” of being falsely accused of sexual assault. Hanson was made into a viral meme on social media because of the embarrassing tweet. He has since refuted it, saying it doesn’t represent him, as he does not support the movement, and considers himself an ally of the #MeToo movement. What ended up becoming a joke and a meme on social media became an actual movement, supported by those who believe rape accusations against men are false is a threat to men everywhere. One of the social media posts supporting the #HimToo movement read “As long as women who accuse men of sexual attacks are believed without evidence or due process, no man is safe. I’m not safe. Your husband isn’t safe. Your father isn’t safe. Your son isn’t safe. Your grandson
Christine Blasey Ford addressed the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday to deliver her testimony of sexual assault allegations she made against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee. Republicans have, surely, noticed the widespread effect of the “#MeToo” movement and its capability to disgrace the societal status of powerful men who have been found guilty of sexual assault. Ford’s credible testimony may end up impeding the Republican effort to create a conservative-leaning majority in the Supreme Court. This means Republicans are attempting to reverse the effects of “#MeToo” while attempting to discredit the courageous testimony made by Ford. Ford alleged that during a 1982 house party in Maryland, Kavanaugh and conservative writer Mark Judge, attempted to rape her. She states how Kavanaugh, specifically, grinded his body against hers, attempting to undress her while holding his hand over her mouth. During Kavanaugh’s testimony, the Supreme Court nominee attempted to render himself as a champion for the advancement of women in political circles. Furthermore, he listed names of women who he has remained friends with since high school and ultimately denied all sexual assault allegations made against him in an attempt to clear his name as a sexist, misogynist or sexual assailant.
Crowds of hundreds gathered within the bustling streets of Hollywood Sunday to march in protest against sexual harassment and assault. College students, celebrities, men and women of different ages and backgrounds came together to raise awareness about the growing issue of sexual misconduct. The streets became a sea of red t-shirts, displaying “take back the workplace,” with silhouettes of female firefighters, doctors and police officers. Lauren Martinez Event organizers chant through loud speakers to rally the crowds 11/12. Accusations against Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein sparked the #MeToo movement, a social media campaign aimed to bring attention to the normalization of sexual assault and rape. The movement dominated social media platforms three weeks ago and gained national attention, but hasn’t let up. Recently, six women accused filmmaker Brett Ratner of sexual misconduct. Actress Olivia Munn said in an interview to the Los Angeles Times that she has “made specific, conscientious choices not to work with Brett Ratner.” Sexual harassment and assault survivors shouted “stop the violence, stop the rape” at the march. “I think a lot of women live in daily fear because toxic masculinity is ingrained deeply in our culture,” said Ashley Woods, a 25-year-old Los Angeles
The past couple of days have brought the #MeToo campaign to the front of my social media platforms. Friends, coworkers and favorite artists have shared the hashtag, painting my screen with heartbreaking tales of sexual harassment and assault, tales that I would’ve never discovered were it not for actress Alyssa Milano. She asked her followers on Twitter, with their discretion, to share these accounts using the phrase #MeToo to introduce just how polluted our lives are with incidents of sexual violence. Survivors of sexual assault have used social media to come forward. It’s beautiful; they’re using an accessible platform to remind each other that these acts of violence against them should not be shameful, should not be unspoken, should not be silenced. And these participants are empowered. Time and time again, we see campaigns such as #MeToo directed at the support of women, and we forget the more integral part of the issue: addressing the male behaviors and attitudes that cultivate the rape culture that #MeToo alone will not end. The burden should not lie solely with women; we are already relentlessly made aware of the possibility of being stalked, assaulted, raped and killed in every facet of our lives.
Anyone with a social media account may have noticed Sunday that droves of sexual assault survivors began updating their statuses to #metoo in light of allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein, an American filmmaker and former studio executive, was deposed in the wake of sexual harassment allegations that have only grown in number since it was first reported by the New York Times Oct. 5. Actress Alyssa Milano responded by taking it a step further, asking survivors of sexual assault and harassment to tweet “#metoo” in an effort to “give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” The tweet has 22,000 retweets, 47,000 likes, and 63,000 replies since it was first sent on Sunday afternoon and the numbers continue to climb. The tag, meanwhile, has expanded to other social media outlets like Facebook and Instagram. The issue is further complicated with discussions of systematic misogyny. “I support [survivors using the #metoo tag]. It’s very brave of them to say they have experienced that,” said Eilleen Salas, a Cal State Long Beach graduate student majoring in biology. “It’s sad that [Weinstein] had so much power over all of these women, and that there are so many women starting to come