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When you cry, 50 percent of the whole world cries with you.

Where do girls learn about boys? From other girls, of course, and especially from girl pop stars. And so it was that America's booming population of teenage girls entered 1963 completely unprepared emotionally for the reality of romantic betrayal. Sure, there were hints of what boys were capable of in songs like Will You Love Me Tomorrow?, but before Lesley Gore came along, the message was mostly He's So Fine and I Will Follow Him. But with It's My Party, She's A Fool, You Don't Own Me and That's The Way Boys Are, your Birthstar completed a protofeminist song cycle that paved the popstrological way for the more overtly liberated Respect, I Am Woman, and I Will Survive. Her most significant pop contribution as an adult were the lyrics to Hot Lunch (from the movie Fame), but it was as a seventeen-year-old girl from the northern suburbs that your Birthstar joined the constellation Jersey Pride and awakened a generation of future feminists to the possibility that Johnny might not be the answer to their prayers, after all. Stand up for what's yours emotionally, children of Lesley Gore, and the rest of the world will stand up with you.
Birthsong
It's My Party  May 26-Jun 8, 1963
Lisa Welchel (5/29/63) is a popstrological child of Lesley Gore.


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