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    “Free to Be” vs. Men

    By Kyle | March 10, 2014

    In my Sunday column, a look at Marlo Thomas (the Gavrilo Princip of the War on Masculinity) and the beginning of the effort to feminize everything: “Free to Be…You and Me.”

    Topics: TV | 11 Comments »

    11 Responses to ““Free to Be” vs. Men”

    1. SK Says:
      March 10th, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      And now we have this effort to ban the word “bossy” …

    2. yankeefan Says:
      March 19th, 2014 at 10:57 am

      I was actually in a school performance of “Free to Be…” back in the day, and survived with my cojones intacts. I am, however, more concerned with a legacy of that era, and that’s the pathologizing of boyhood, which is much in evidence in schools today. Just ask any parent of a kid who’s “all boy.”

    3. kishke Says:
      March 19th, 2014 at 11:19 am

      What’s boyhood? You mean ADD or ADHD, or whatever other initials the social-work dweebs slap on kids before they medicate them? Bunch of frauds.

    4. Kyle Says:
      March 19th, 2014 at 11:43 am

      But YF, that’s where the demonizing of boys began. Marlo Thomas is the Gavrilo Princep of the War on Boyhood.

    5. yankeefan Says:
      March 19th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Right, see “legacy of era” in my comment. With two girls, you won’t experience this viscerally, but it’s a reality.

    6. Kyle Says:
      March 19th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      So we agree…I don’t see how you can see where we wound up and not be a little miffed at the little lady who started it all.

    7. yankeefan Says:
      March 19th, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      Not sure who started it or when exactly it started, but I do know that the notion of “boys will be boys” is alien in many quarters. Though I always liked “Free to Be” — did nothing to inhibit my own boy-ness — and thought Rosie Greer’s “It’s Alright to Cry” was sweet and funny.

    8. Kyle Says:
      March 19th, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      It was the first step on a long road.

    9. Kyle Says:
      March 19th, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      After FTB, the memo started to circulate. “Boys will not be boys. Boys will be girls.”

    10. kishke Says:
      March 19th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      With two girls, you won’t experience this viscerally, but it’s a reality.

      Maybe Kyle won’t experience it viscerally, but they likely will, once they reach the age of dating and then marriage.

    11. yankeefan Says:
      March 19th, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      @Kyle. I hear you. And the beauty of boys — have been saying this verbatim to other parents the past 6 1/2 years: they didn’t get the memo!

      And the beauty of (most) girls: They want boys to be boys.

      In the never-ending battle between ideology and reality, reality remains undefeated.

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