I managed to work “Let…

I managed to work "Let it Go" into the tail end of class discussion today. In part because I was listening to the lyrics over and over on my drive into work, because Kavi likes it when I sing along with her but gets annoyed when I get the verse wrong. But mostly because it was relevant to the class -- we're reading Tiptree's "Houston, Houston, Do You Read?" and "The Women Men Don't See" and I also had them look at an essay on the coded language of Afghani women poets (where they sing things they're not allowed to say).

We talked about the ways in which women historically haven't been allowed to speak, how they've been told to be 'good girls' and conform, and how literature is sometimes the only available avenue for expressing your anger / frustration / desire. We briefly mentioned the occasional broken-hearted middle-of-the-night Facebook post that you perhaps regret a bit in the cold light of day. But really not.

"Dont let them in, dont let them see
Be the good girl you always have to be
Conceal, dont feel, dont let them know
Well, now they know

Its time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me
Im free

Let it go, let it go
And I'll rise like the break of dawn
Let it go, let it go
That perfect girl is gone"

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