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Opinion

JOANNA WEISS

Good for girls?

If you feel scandalized by sex and pop culture this week, consider this: It was 41 years ago that Marlo Thomas and her friends put out an album called “Free to Be . . . You and Me.” GenXers probably still know most of it by heart: an earnest crusade against gender stereotypes, which argued that girls could be doctors and boys should tap into their sensitive sides.

I downloaded it recently, for nostalgia’s sake, and tried to play it for my 9-year-old. She wasn’t interested. She’s more into Miley Cyrus.

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