Move over, "White Christmas" — the Twitter hashtag #FeministXmasSongs are here to bring holiday cheer into the hearts of feminists Internet-wide, and it is glorious. Sometimes, being a supporter of gender equality who loves the holidays ain't easy — I can't count the number of times I've been sitting by the (fake) fire and enjoying a cup of (storebought) hot chocolate, only to abruptly feel a chill descend upon the room when everyone's least favorite song about dubious consent, "Baby, It's Cold Outside," comes on. Talk about a mood killer.
Of course, much like men, #NotAllSongs are creepy and problematic. In fact, most are perfectly innocuous, if a little obsessed with figgy pudding. That being said, holiday songs aren't exactly known for their progressive views, and it can get a little grating to hear their reinforcement of gender norms over and over (and over) again. Fortunately, that's where #FeministXmasSongs comes in. According to Mic, illustrator and "world champion overthinker" Gemma Correll started the Twitter hashtag on Monday, when she called upon her thousands of followers to ease her boredom.
" Can we make "#FemnistXmasSongs a thing? I need some entertainment on this rainy evening," she wrote, following it up with a few suggestions to get people started.
Because it really is the most wonderful time of the year, people quickly followed suit with their own feminist versions of holiday classics. Some envisioned a world without street harassment:
Others celebrated women's autonomy as well as our ability to buy our own presents, thank you very much.
Still more tackled the topic of representation in the media.
And, of course, pretty much everyone poked fun at "Baby, It's Cold Outside."
I'm not saying you should memorize your favorites to sing at the top of your lungs during holiday dinners with not-so-feminist relatives, but it certainly wouldn't hurt. Check out a few more below:
If that doesn't put you in the holiday spirit, I don't know what will.
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