October 22, 2012

Free To Be You and Me 40th Anniversary at Slate DoubleX

DoubleX at Slate.com has a series of articles by Dan Kois on the 40th anniversary of “Free To Be…You And Me“. I haven’t read them all but I do love me that album. (I can call it an album because it was released in 1972 — ack — and was, in fact, an album. So there.)

This bit of text caught my eye:

…I remember the odd feeling of dissociation, even then, as I tried to relate the world of “Free To Be” with the world I actually lived in—1981 suburban Whitefish Bay, Wis. Because in my elementary school, it wasn’t, actually, all right to cry. Not if you were a boy. And certainly no boy in my second-grade class would admit to having a doll the way William does in “William’s Doll.”

It wasn’t just you, dude. The timing is a bit different but that one confused me too. Because it sure as hell wasn’t alright for boys to cry at my school. And we played with action figures rather than dolls. There is a difference, sort of.

Anyway, link to the first of three articles is below. Happy 40th Anniversary to “Free To Be”!

Free To Be You and Me 40th anniversary: How did a kids album by a bunch of feminists change everything? – Slate Magazine.

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