In this second installment of our series about the groundbreaking children's album Free To Be... You And Me we look back at the record's attempt to challenge gender stereotypes and promote tolerance. We explore the impact those now-40-year-old messages had on a generation of children and their parents, as well as the album's limitations. We also examine what child psychologists now believe -- and promote -- when it comes to children and gender.
Soundcheck contributor, Free To Be fan, and new mom Faith Salie joins us to talk about the impact that the album had on her as a child and how she's approached gender as a new parent of a little boy.
Plus, developmental psychologist and founder of the UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center Dr. Diane Ehrensaft joins to weigh in how both science and society's views regarding gender have changed since the release of the album.
We heard from a lot of listeners this week about their "Free to Be... You and Me" memories. Listen to some of them below.
Did you or your kids listen to Free To Be... You and Me? What did you think of it then? What do you think of it now? Tell us on Twitter at @Soundcheck, leave us a voicemail at 866-939-1612 or post a comment on Soundcheck.org.