Someone Wrote A Feminist Defense Of "Baby It's Cold Outside" And I Don't Know What To Feel
Whatever, I’m still skipping it on Spotify.
However, a 2016 Tumblr post is making the rounds again ('tis the season), offering a feminist defense of the song.
TL;DR: Within the context of the era in which it was written, "Baby It's Cold Outside" is actually about a woman trying to exercise sexual agency.
The patriarchal society she lives in expects her to refuse any sexual advances, whether she wants them or not, so the argument here is that she actually wants to stay, but is concerned about how she will be judged by others if she does. The man in the song is offering viable excuses she could use to avoid that judgement.