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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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Little Bug Wants a Doll

Little Bug Wants a Doll

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(p.160) Little Bug Wants a Doll
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When We Were Free to Be
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Laura Briggs

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807837559_rotskoff.23

This chapter discusses how even the author was confused with what she wanted to teach her son about gender—more so than with her daughter, older and now grown. When her daughter came to live with them from foster care at the age of eleven, she had a pretty highly developed sense of herself as a “girly girl”—her phrase. There, the author understood her job: just to offer her daughter a diversity of gender possibilities, so she felt like she could put on boots and go hiking sometimes, too, and get a break from the relentless heterosexualization the United States imposes on tween and teen girls. The author confesses, however, that she found some comfort in all that girliness.

Keywords:   gender, foster care, girly girl, gender possibilities, heterosexualization, teen girls, girliness

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