- 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
Whose World Is This?
Whose World Is This?
- (p.215) Whose World Is This?
- When We Were Free to Be
Courtney E. Martin
- University of North Carolina Press
This chapter tells the story of the author's mom and how she was more fun than other moms. The author's mom jumped on the trampoline and made snow angels with her children, but she was still momlike when necessary—rubbing her huge, soft hands over their bellies when they got butterflies. The author's dad was tall, and there was nothing the author loved more than looking at the sidelines during one of her soccer games and seeing that her dad had appeared in his navy blue suit with a big smile on his face to see her and her brother play. The author's mom also worked, but she didn't wear a suit, and the author had no idea what her mom did. Something involving lots of groups of women with permed hair and dangly earrings. Either her mom or Rita, the babysitter, was home with them after school, and then her dad came home a few hours later.
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