|:||Lovett, Laura L.|
|Publisher:||Univ of North Carolina Pr|
|Publish Date:||Nov 2012|
|Number of Pages:||324|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.4|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.5 x 9.75 x 1.0|
|Free to Be Memories|
|Creating a World for Free Children The Foundations of Free to Be … You and Me|
|In the Beginning|
|A Thousand Fond Memories and a Few Regrets|
|Mommies and Daddies|
|Free to Be … the Music|
|Thinking about Free to Be|
|Beyond the Fun and Song|
|Free to Be … a Child|
|How a Preschool Teacher Became Free to Be|
|Free to Be … You and Me in Historical Context|
|Where the Children Are Free|
|Free to Be … You and Me, Second-Wave Feminism, and 1970s American Children's Culture|
|Little Women's Libbers" and "Free to Be Kids" Children and the Struggle for Gender Equality in the United States|
|Child's Play Boys' Toys, Women's Work, and "Free Children|
|Getting the Message Audiences Respond to Free to Be … You and Me|
|Parents Are Still People Gender and Child Rearing across Generations|
|Genderfication Starts Here Dispatches from My Twins' First Year|
|Free to Be Conflicted|
|Ringside Seat at the Revolution Abigail pogrebin|
|Free to Be the Dads We Want to Be|
|Little Bug Wants a Doll|
|Growing a Free to Be Family|
|Can William Have a Doll Now? The Legacy of Free to Be in Parenting Aduice Books|
|How Free Are We to Be? Cultural Legacies and Critiques|
|Free to Be or Free to Buy?|
|On Square Dancing and Title IX|
|William's Doll" and Me|
|When Michael Jackson Grew Up A Mother's Reflections on Race, Pop Culture, and Self-Acceptance|
|Whose World Is This?|
|Mario and Me|
|Free to Be on West 80th Street|
|A Free Perspective|
|When We Grow Up|
|The Price of Freedom|
|Lessons and Legacies You're Free to Be … a Champion|
|Appendix: The Songs, Stories, and Skits of Free to Be … You and Me A Content Overview|
|About the Contributors|
|Copyright Credits for Contributions to the Book|
When We Were Free To Be is a curious title for this book, as it may imply that we are no longer free to be whomever we choose. The 1972 record album and illustrated book, Free To Be You. and Me, which this new volume memorializes, offered gender-neutral stories sung or told by celebrities of the day. The Free To Be Foundation still exists. Contributors to that classic understandably take pride here in what they accomplished.
Marlo Thomas, who conceived of the idea behind Free To Be, is here (heavily represented in the photographs), along with Ms. magazine cofounder Gloria Steinem, actor Alan Alda, and writer Deborah Siegel, whose "Dispatches from My Twins' First Year" nicely captures the everyday quandaries of parents trying to be nonsexist. Rotskoff (Barnard Ctr. for Research on Women) and Lovett (history, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst) include separate essays by social justice activist Letty Cottin Pogrebin and her daughters Robin Pogrebin and Abigail Pogrebin, thus providing distinct generational perspectives.
Verdict: General readers familiar with the original record or book, both still available, and researchers interested in social, gender, and media studies will appreciate this work.
-Ellen Gilbert, Princeton, NJ
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If you grew up in the era of mood rings and lava lamps, you probably remember Free to Be... You and Me--the groundbreaking children's record, book, and television special that debuted in 1972. Conceived by actress and producer Marlo Thomas and promoted by Ms. magazine, it captured the spirit of the growing women's movement and inspired girls and boys to challenge stereotypes, value cooperation, and respect diversity. In this lively collection marking the fortieth anniversary of Free to Be... You and Me, thirty-two contributors explore the creation and legacy of this popular children's classic.
Featuring a prologue by Marlo Thomas, When We Were Free to Be offers an unprecedented insiders' view by the original creators, as well as accounts by activists and educators who changed the landscape of childhood in schools, homes, toy stores, and libraries nationwide. Essays document the rise of non-sexist children's culture during the 1970s and address how Free to Be still speaks to families today.
Contributors are Alan Alda, Laura Briggs, Karl Bryant, Becky Friedman, Nancy Gruver, Carol Hall, Carole Hart, Dorothy Pitman Hughes, Joe Kelly, Cheryl Kilodavis, Dionne Kirschner, Francine Klagsbrun, Stephen Lawrence, Laura L. Lovett, Courtney Martin, Karin A. Martin, Tayloe McDonald, Trey McIntyre, Peggy Orenstein, Leslie Paris, Miriam Peskowitz, Deesha Philyaw, Abigail Pogrebin, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Robin Pogrebin, Patrice Quinn, Lori Rotskoff, Deborah Siegel, Jeremy Adam Smith, Barbara Sprung, Gloria Steinem, and Marlo Thomas.
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