- Title Pages
- Praise for When We Were Free to Be
- Free to Be Memories
- Part One 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
- 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
- Genderfication Starts Here
- Free to Be Conflicted
- Ringside Seat at the Revolution
- 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 Advice Books
- 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?
- Marlo 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
Free to Be or Free to Buy?
Free to Be or Free to Buy?
- (p.185) Free to Be or Free to Buy?
- When We Were Free to Be
Karin A. Martin
- University of North Carolina Press
This chapter describes the author as a product of the progressive, optimistic zeitgeist that created the show That Girl and made it a hit. Feminism nipped at the heels of her childhood. Title IX, the Equal Opportunity in Education Act, passed the summer she was ten, though it would take years to reach them. Her junior high still had girls' and boys' gym. Her male classmates were still assigned to wood and metal shop courses. The ladies were schooled in cooking, sewing, and the proper way to decorate homes and give themselves manicures. In their other, more academic, classrooms, though, the times they were a-changin'. Their eighth-grade English teacher assigned them a biography of Lenny Bruce and the poetry of Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. In social studies, they read John Hersey's Hiroshima and debated the ethics of dropping the Bomb. Hard to imagine those things happening today, when learning is measured in percentiles and evolution is taught as a “theory.”
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