I’m rolling my eyes over Rocky: The Musical as much as the next guy, but A League of Their Own should definitely be a musical. “There’s No Crying (In Baseball)” would be a killer act-one closing number. (Also, here’s my first feature piece for Flavorwire.)
Tyler put a great thing out in the universe with a call for a “League of Their Own” musical. Of course, I just spent the last 20 minutes coming up with the songbook. MOVE OVER, JULIA HOUSTON.
“Lay Off the High Ones”
“When You’re Dottie’s Kid Sister”
“Is That General Omar Bradley? (Marla’s Song)”
“You’re a Peach!”
“Gracefully and Grandly”
“(I Don’t Got Players) I Got Girls”
“I Singin’ to Nelson (Ain’t I Baby?)”
“When the Boys Come Home”
“He Ain’t Closin’ Me Down (Hey Mr. Chocolate Man)”
“There’s No Crying in Baseball”
“Dirt in the Skirt”
“Members of the All-American League”
“Who Do You Gotta Be So Good?”
“The Ballad of Betty Spaghetti”
“The Hard Is What Makes It Great”
“Dirt in the Skirt (reprise)”
“You’re Gonna Lose (A Stillwell Angel Tap Dance)”
“A Play at the Plate”
“Lay Off the High Ones (reprise)”
“Members of the All-American League (reprise)”/”Finale (A League of Our Own)”
I’ve never wanted anything as much as I want this.
But the point, the point, is that whenever I hear someone talking about how it’s wrong to have sex and sexiness in YA novels, what I actually hear is this:
I’m terrified that the first fictional sex a teenage girl encounters might leave her feeling good about herself. I’m terrified that fictional sex might actually make teenage girls think sex can be fun and good, that reading about girls who say no and boys who listen when they say it might give them the confidence to say no, too – or worse still, to realise that boys who don’t listen to ‘no’ aren’t worth it. I’m terrified that YA novels might teach teenage girls the distinction between assault and consensual sex, and give them the courage to speak out about the former while actively seeking the latter. I’m terrified that teenage girls might think seriously about the circumstances under which they might say yes to sex; that they might think about contraception before they need it, and touch themselves in bed at night while fantasising about generous, interesting, beautiful lovers who treat them with consideration and respect. I’m terrified of a generation of teenage girls who aren’t shy or squeamish about asking for cunnilingus when they want it, or about loving more than one person at once, and who don’t feel shame about their arousal. I’m terrified that teenage girls might take control of their sexuality and, in so doing, take that control of them and their bodies away from me.
- Maine and Maryland have voted for marriage equality
- Minnesota DID NOT vote for banning marriage equality
- Washington has it on the ballot as well, but it hasn’t come in yet- The first openly gay senator was elected (Tammy Baldwin, in Wisconsin)
- The first disabled woman veteran was elected (Tammy Duckworth, in Illinois)
- Sens. Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin and Richard “Rape is a gift from God” Mourdock were ousted.
AND Elizabeth Warren, our favorite lady, won to help give Democrats control of the Senate. Fprward, guys, forward.