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When We Were Free to BeLooking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made$
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Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807837238

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837559_rotskoff

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Beyond the Fun and Song

Beyond the Fun and Song

(p.62) Beyond the Fun and Song
When We Were Free to Be

Francine Klagsbrun

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on Jane O'Reilly and how she introduced the “clicks” in her article “The Housewife's Moment of Truth,” which appeared in the preview issue of Ms. Magazine in 1972. After that, click! became women's shorthand for eyes opening and minds awakening as they reassessed the putdowns, diminutives, and demands women and men had simply accepted as the natural order of the universe. Coming one after another and more rapidly with time, the clicks turned into a drumbeat of change that revolutionized society. For most, that change related to their own lives and to the intensity with which they reexamined them. They assumed—if they thought about it at all—that once they made things right, all of it would be right for their children and grandchildren thereafter. They were, after all, repairing wrongs, revamping the social order, and reconstructing history.

Keywords:   Jane O'Reilly, clicks, natural order, universe, drumbeat of change, society

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