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Monday, March 12, 2012

Bad Romance: Women's Suffrage

I know it seems like I'm just posting music videos lately but I thought this was definitely worth sharing. The video below was all over the place on Women's Day (March 8) but I saw it as a spoof of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" so I didn't pay much attention. It took the Newlywed sitting me down and making me watch  this. The video is actually a fairly accurate portrayal of what it was like for Alice Paul, one of the leaders of the Women's Suffrage campaign. They really did put her in a mental institution and force feed her during her hunger strike. And the deciding vote for the final state? He really was a young man whose mother had asked him to vote for women's rights.

Boo watched this with me and wondered what the women wanted to vote for. So we got to have a discussion about life back when women weren't given the same rights and recognition as men. An eye-opener for her, as she had no idea. They have another one about the Declaration of Independence, which Boo also asked about. Is the third grade too early to learn about why the American colonies declared their independence? I didn't think so but I guess they haven't gone into too much detail about it, yet.

Also? That talk wasn't nearly as bad as some we've had in the past.


i'm erin. said...

Ok, I'll honestly never be able to listen to that song again...we'll maybe not listen and hear it the same way. ha! You're awesome.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I like this! Great selection. I am visiting from Miss Angie's.


Miss Angie said...

Whoa, that is really an interesting (and well done) video/remake. Fantastic! THanks for sharing and for linking up!

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