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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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“William's Doll” and Me

“William's Doll” and Me

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When We Were Free to Be

Karl Bryant

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines why Free to Be … You and Me—both the book and record—might have been kept from the author's childhood home. The author's family held some, at least, vaguely left-leaning values, especially concerning “social issues.” There were both Democrats and Republicans among them, but no Phyllis Schlaflys. Instead, most of them thought that “women's lib”—at least the egalitarian-focused liberal feminism with which they were most familiar—was reasonable, fair, and good. Along with this mild commitment to, or at least tolerance for, some forms of feminism, the author's extended family was not exactly a study in egregious gender stereotypes: his dad and uncles were soft-spoken, whereas the women on both sides of the family struck him as leaders rather than followers.

Keywords:   childhood home, left-leaning values, social issues, Democrats, Republicans, Phyllis Schlaflys

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