Free To Be… You And Me was a project spanning multiple media (including a book, record album, and TV special) from the early 1970s. The main message of Free To Be is gender equality among children and their parents. Developed by actress Marlo Thomas and feminist publication Ms. magazine, Free To Be was a reaction to rigid sex roles and cultural values of the 1950s and 1960s. Free To Be was the first children’s media project of its kind to actively confront sexual and racial stereotypes.
Free To Be was released around 40 years ago. Do you think the message in this clip would have the same impact on US children today as it did in the 1970s?
If there were going to be a Free To Be for today’s children, what social issues would you think it should address?