We'd all rather forget this song, an otherwise sour note on the monumental Rubber Soul
album, but here it is, so we have to look at it anyway. John Lennon made no bones about this being his "least favorite Beatles song." Many agree. Do keep in mind that this was 1965; there was more slack attitudes towards gender equality than there are now.
There are a couple of other songs by Lennon with misogynist undertones, including "I'll Cry Instead
" and "You Can't Do That
." Paul McCartney, in interviews for the book Many Years From Now
, explains that while he had girlfriends and open relationships, Lennon had a marriage and hence a wife to worry about while he was on the road touring all the time. Interestingly enough, Yoko Ono mellowed him out and Lennon and Ono became crusading activists for all kinds of civil rights causes.