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(Slate)   Forty years ago, a bunch of feminists released a landmark album. They wanted to change ... everything   (slate.com) divider line 9
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2012-10-22 10:37:34 AM
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Guess it worked. My 12 year old son and friends are going to go as ML ponies...he chose Fluttershy. His dad (my ex) tried like hell to get him to change his mind, but he stuck to it and spent last night applying pink butterflies to a pair of yellow shorts he found at Goodwill. I have been enlisted as Derpy Hooves (I made paper bag footies while the shorts were being worked on). We also spent the majority of our crafting time talking about some chick named Emily he digs. It seems to really confuse his dad, that dress doesn't indicate sexual preference anymore, and everything is so fluid (can't think of a better term). As I live in the south, on the buckle of the bible belt...I find myself amazed and almost envious of how free these kids are. My little bro would have gotten his ass kicked for doing this. At school and at home. I told my kid so...it's important they know how far we've come...it seems that we are in danger of backsliding a lot these days.
2012-10-22 10:52:20 AM
2 votes:
The early 70's feminist trifecta:

Free To Be: You and Me
Our Bodies, Ourselves
Tapestry (Carole King)
2012-10-22 10:18:06 AM
2 votes:

2 Hookers and an 8 Ball: Maybe I'm missing something here, but twice in that article they seemed to say that if a girl wanted to a be a princess, that's a bad thing. Why?


Because there is a shortage of wealthy princes available to rascal them and take them awry, and most of those are douchebags who will abandon them with no assets or job skills once they've had a kid or two. Because being a princess means being useless and not knowing how to take care of youself--princesses don't do icky things like change oil or balance checking accounts. Because every princess lives on the backs of at least 10,000 serfs. Because the world is too damn full of princess wannabes already.
2012-10-22 10:50:35 AM
1 votes:

rogue_L_chick: Guess it worked. My 12 year old son and friends are going to go as ML ponies...he chose Fluttershy. His dad (my ex) tried like hell to get him to change his mind, but he stuck to it and spent last night applying pink butterflies to a pair of yellow shorts he found at Goodwill. I have been enlisted as Derpy Hooves (I made paper bag footies while the shorts were being worked on). We also spent the majority of our crafting time talking about some chick named Emily he digs. It seems to really confuse his dad, that dress doesn't indicate sexual preference anymore, and everything is so fluid (can't think of a better term). As I live in the south, on the buckle of the bible belt...I find myself amazed and almost envious of how free these kids are. My little bro would have gotten his ass kicked for doing this. At school and at home. I told my kid so...it's important they know how far we've come...it seems that we are in danger of backsliding a lot these days.


This brings little tears to my eyes-- hope your son has a great time!

I think the thing that scares people like your ex more than anything else is that it actually might not be a big deal... That the world will not end... And that their lives may have been less rich by n
2012-10-22 10:32:35 AM
1 votes:
We used to listen to that album a lot in music class.
 
I really enjoyed that article.  I never really gave it much thought but come to think of it even as a child I felt that that music kind of reflected my gender worldview pretty accurately.
 
 
I definately didn't think about what went into making the album.  Thanks whoever submitted that.
2012-10-22 10:15:46 AM
1 votes:
I had this album when I was a kid, my mom bought it for me. My dad hated it, though, and we could only listen to it when he wasn't at home. Twenty-five years later, he cringes over my little boy wanting a play kitchen for Christmas, but he bought it anyway. Progress, I guess!
2012-10-22 10:03:39 AM
1 votes:

2 Hookers and an 8 Ball: Maybe I'm missing something here, but twice in that article they seemed to say that if a girl wanted to a be a princess, that's a bad thing. Why?


Not the point-- it's fine to want to be a princess. It sucks if that's your default option because no one ever gives you an option of what else is available.

In kiddie culture, the "possible" is a pretty big deal. We had "Free to Be" in my home, along with "The Paper Bag Princess."

When the teachers at school saw me at playtime with a doll and a stethoscope, and tell me I was a very good nurse, I would politely correct them, "No, I'm a very good doctor."
2012-10-22 09:55:07 AM
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The book, by New Yorker cartoonist Whitney Darrow, Jr., was likely intended as satire, but the satire was so dry it was entirely lost on Auntie Marlo.

The whole thing was sparked by her inability to get a joke?
2012-10-22 09:53:18 AM
1 votes:
What ever happened to that stalker of hers? Did the feds ever catch Donald Hollinger?
 
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